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Orange Bedding and the Total Bedroom Decor

Orange bedding has most often been avoided by all except college sports fans.  Although many have found the perfect shade of orange in the perfect pattern for his or her bedroom, few have dared create a bedroom decor around the color.  Why?  Because most of us are not quite sure what colors will look good with orange.  For that reason many of us and many interior decorators have shied away from one of the warmest and most welcoming colors on the color chart.

When considering the orange bedding  above (or any other color) it is always best to begin with the simplest of color schemes.  For example, based on the lovely bedding set above, we will begin by taking a look at a monochromatic color scheme for the bedroom.  Beginning with the color illustrated in the picture, these are colors that work well with it.

As one can see, the colors are actually variations or shades and hues of the selected color or the base color we are working from.  Most would probably find an entire bedroom color scheme in a monochromatic  theme a bit boring.  Although the colors are warm and welcoming, most of us would like to see at least one other color in our bedrooms.

When looking for a complementary color, one would look to the exact opposite side of the color spectrum.  In this case it is actually a shade of green.

 As one can tell from comparing the two color bars above, only the last color has changed.    The basic color scheme would be based on the selected color — the color of the orange bedding — two variations and a complementary color.  In this case, the green could be used as an accent color and be added to the bedroom decor as accent pillows or perhaps an upholstered chair.

For those who love a variety of color, selecting the triad colors may be appealing.

Needless to say, this is a far more vibrant color scheme than the two previously shown.  However, for some this may be most appealing.  For others, it is too much color.  When determining the triad color scheme, it should be noted that the first color on the color bar is the color of the bedding.  The last color on the bar is the same last color as on the monochromatic bar.  Between the two end colors are a blue and a shade of green.  Please note the differences in the greens, comparing the green in the complementary color bar and the triad color bar directly above.

Another variation, for the person who love the green in the complementary color bar but wishes to extend the range of choices beyond the shades of orange the tetrad color chart may be more appealing.

In the example of a tetrad color combination based on the basic color of the orange bedding above, please note that the colors vary slightly depending on the combinations.

The analogic color scheme begins with the basic orange bedding color and ends with the color of the monochromatic scheme.  However, the colors in the middle are colors more closely associated with the basic color orange on the color wheel.

Many may find an appeal in the analogic color scheme but wish to add an accent color.  The accented analogic color scheme adds the green back into the decor theme.

These color bars are used as examples only.  Computer screen settings may distort the colors.  The purpose of the exercise is not the define the specific colors that can be used in a bedroom or any other room to give it the look and feel of a professional interior decorator, but to give the consumer confidence when shopping for orange bedding or any other color, for that matter.

All too often when we find a color and a pattern that we really would love to have in our homes, we hesitate because we do not know how to coordinate our total color scheme.  While this is only an example based on the orange tropical bedding set above, a trip to your local paint store should be sufficient to help you with choosing colors to go with your selection.  (Those paint chip cards are good for more than just selecting paint.)