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Bold Color Duos: Taking Orange And Black Beyond Fall And Halloween

We are headed into that time of the year again when black and orange tend to take over interior decor and accessories. With Halloween just four weeks away, now is the time to start planning everything ranging from front porch lighting and spooky decorations to costumes that will steal the show. And the Halloween buzz has already started this year on Decoist with the cool & creepy stir sticks DIY! You can also bet your bottom penny that while black will fade away after October 31st, Orange will dominate the landscape at least till Thanksgiving.

Posh dining room in orange, black and a hint of gold [By: Diego Alejandro Interior Design]

Yet, both black and orange work as a smart, refined and fun color combination well beyond fall. Serving you with style and elegance throughout the year, do not relegate this new age classic duo to just the next few weeks. Here are a few gorgeous interiors that showcase how to work with orange and black in a sparkling fashion all year long –

Cheerful Sophistication

Most people tend to move away from using bright colors in the living room and opt for the neutral greys and browns. But colors like orange and yellow look equally captivating and far more exquisite when used right. Orange and black are a natural combination, with one adding cheerfulness and visual brightness and the other demarcating spaces and giving the room a touch of class. The amount of black and orange that you use in the room often depends on its overall size and the shade of your choice. If you love an orange shade with a neon glow, then use it in a restrained fashion, while oranges with a matte finish can be used a lot more extravagantly.

Gorgeous fusion of black and orange with bright pops of blue [By: Michelle Harrison Design]
Eclectic living room in orange and black [Design: Judith Balis Interiors]
Add a subtle touch of black and orange with throw pillows [By: Terrat Elms Interior Design]
Classy use of orange and black in the tropical living room [Design: K2 Design Group]
Pops of black lend sophistication to the room [Design: Amelie de Gaulle Interiors]

Switchable Accent Additions

As always, the best way to try out a new color combination is with accent additions. Since most modern homes tend to have a neutral backdrop, this should not be too hard. A few throw pillows in bold orange, a lampshade in stoic black, a rug with orange and black patterns, an accent wall or a work of art that you found at the recent sale–anything and everything is a great start. Once you are convinced, you can move on to a couch and a couple of club chairs in an orange and black combination. The bedroom too can use a side table and an accent wall in each of the colors to instantly transform its ambiance.

Art piece accentuates the color scheme of the room [By: Tobi Fairley Interior Design]
Bright orange cabinet stands out visually in any space it adorns [From: Kailey J. Flynn Photography]
Sophisticated living room with black and orange decor additions [By: Shinberg Levinas]
Pendant light adds subtle hint of orange to the living room [Design: The Couture Rooms]
Infuse some orange zest into your bedroom with an orange accent chair [Design: NXG Studio]

Infuse Some Passion

One of the few places in your home where you can use any color or shade of your liking without any inhibitions is the bedroom. While most homeowners want an all-neutral look for their relaxed master bedroom, experts suggest that this is a bad idea. A splash of bold color keeps the room from becoming too monotonous or depressing. And both black and orange are anything but monotonous! Once again, turn towards black to anchor the room, provide it with attractive trims and a sense of trendy, urbane elegance. Orange brings visual warmth and coziness along with loads of playfulness. Be it in the adult bedroom or the kids’ bedroom, you simply cannot go wrong with these colors.

Luxurious master bedroom in black and orange [By: Possibilities for Design]
Rich array of textures and colors enliven the master bedroom [By: Favreau Design]
Exquisite use of black in the contemporary bedroom [From: Photographie Panotonic]
Elegant kids’ room with a touch of rustic charm [Design: McCroskey Interiors]
Eclectic bedroom with black wood spindle bed and orange accents [Design: Tilton Fenwick]
Boys’ bedroom in black, white and pumpkin orange [By: H&H Design]

A Match Made in Kitchen!

The contemporary kitchen is an area where both homeowners and designers seem to be more than happy to use the inimitable orange and black duo. Both the colors seem as much at home in a sleek, minimal kitchen with glossy surfaces as they do in a rustic or industrial kitchen without all the glaring sheen. Those who are not too fond of using black for a backdrop can opt for a white or grey background that acts as a canvas for the black and orange additions. From an all-black kitchen island surrounded by wall-mounted orange cabinets to a stylish black and white kitchen with orange bar stools, the choices are indeed endless.

Industrial kitchen with an orange quartz countertop and dark island [Design: Abramson Teiger Architects]
A touch of bright tangerine and black in the kitchen [Design: Mark English Architects]
Minimalist kitchen with black with bright orange counter stools [By: MAY Designs]
Contemporary kitchen in orange and black [Design: Ellen Cassilly Architect]
Modern minimalist combination of orange and black in the kitchen [Dali Kitchen Collection – Aran Cucine]
Orange and black can be a cheerful, trendy combination [By: Scott Weston Architecture Design]

Taking it Outdoors

Bored with the mundane white and blue next to the pool? Or maybe you want to give your home an instant facelift? An unmistakable orange door surrounded by black walls (or even the other way around) is sure to revitalize the façade of your residence. Fall is also a great time to move away from the blue and white summer color combination for the patio or pool deck to black and orange that reflects the changing colors of nature.

Give the exterior of your home a unique color scheme [Design: Cablik Enterprises]
Relaxed outdoor living space in orange and black [By: Busybee Design]
Smart patio with ceramic stools and comfy decor [Design: Laura U]

Are you ready to turn towards orange and black beyond this Halloween season? Let us know…

Sherry Nothingam

Sherry is a blogger who loves to live her life to the fullest. She enjoys everything associated with design, décor and stylish modern trends. Born in California, Sherry has grown up on open ranches and in a wild setting, which has defined her taste for design and developed her interest in examining how structures and homes interact with the beauti[...]

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