Orange bedroom colors are the warmest on the color wheel. Orange is yummy, vibrant, and the perfect color to cheer up a north facing bedroom!
The most popular bedroom colors to go with orange are 'citrus' color schemes, pistachio/aqua/orange combos, and blue/orange complementary color schemes. Loads of examples below!
Here's a gloriously gutsy bedroom color idea with orange. The combination looks so good because the large pistachio and aqua color splashes help to balance the full-on orange wall paint - otherwise this bedroom color scheme would start to look slightly claustrophobic.
When you're (re-)decorating, hold off on the bedroom wall colors as long as you can.
There's always a bigger choice of paints than of fabrics, carpets & furniture.
This orange and blue bedroom works well because the blue wall color has a lot of black and green in it - it allows the orange to take center stage and shine! You could even use a much paler orange tint and you'd still get a gorgeous 'summer sunrise' color effect.
I also like the fanciful 'clothesline' (in lieu of a headboard) - it picks up the orange color of the bedspread. Nice work!
Here are two blue/orange complementary bedroom color schemes from Mexico; one from Oaxaca (left) and one from Yucatán (right).
Note the effects of different orange hues: anything between the pale color of freshly pressed orange juice and vibrant tangerine looks great with blue! I think blue/orange complementaries work best if you use either (greenish-)blue tints - aqua, sky blue, turquoise, verdegris - or slightly greyed and darkened 'off'-blues.
If you're looking to use an earthy orange color on the walls (left) or ceiling (right), make sure you stir a bit of warm grey, cream, or pebble color into the bedroom paint scheme. You'll find loads of orange color scheme inspiration on the pages about Tuscan colors!
If you combine a muted and slightly discolored orange just with clean whites or completely neutral greys, the orange will look dirty by comparison. Here are two bedroom examples where a clean orange hue or tint would have looked much better:
If you love 'real' orange color but find it too strong for bedroom color schemes, consider using burnt orange or terracotta instead. Both are much less saturate - they have a lot of brown and grey mixed in (as well as pink, in the case of terracotta). Both are very warm and comforting (paint) colors for a bedroom:
Another way to create an 'orange effect' in bedroom color schemes is to use the color orange exclusively as a wood stain.
This way, you get the orange hue in many natural variations, plus beautiful wood grain patterns. (There's a lovely example on the page about blue bedrooms!)
Some examples of 'orangey', honey-colored wood stains:
♦ aged pine;
♦ colonial pine;
♦ honey maple;
♦ golden oak;
♦ colonial maple;
♦ Ipswich pine.
Orange makes an excellent accent color for popular bedroom colors: