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WIBU to paint our bedroom orange?

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matildasquared Sun 11-May-14 12:46:55

We got a bit of wall replastered in our bedroom and now we're getting ready to paint over the boring, dingy magnolia. I'm going to sew new curtains too, and there's a neutral rug.

To give a bit of context, I love to paint. Since we've moved in I've painted the living room coral/peach, the kitchen teal, the basement yellow, and the bathroom seafoam green. It's a dark terraced house so we try to make things bright.

At first my husband said I had free rein for the bedroom so I was thinking sky blue... lilac... But then this morning he confessed he really really

Orange. Orange. He wants zig-zaggy orangey curtains too.

I can't get my head round it. Orange bedroom? I can tell he really wants it but orange.

Could an orange bedroom work?

ThatBloodyWoman Sun 11-May-14 12:52:13


Remember all those lovely orange candlewick bedspreads and polyester eiderdowns!

LaurieFairyCake Sun 11-May-14 12:53:14

Not sure

I think bedrooms should be calm places you want to shag in

So maybe if you toned it with grassy colours to make it 70's lite - as opposed to fucking in an orange

matildasquared Sun 11-May-14 13:01:49

No, he showed me some of the tones he had in mind. It would be more like fucking in an overripe pumpkin.

matildasquared Sun 11-May-14 13:03:31

Oh dear god, I thought maybe having retro orange wallpaper on one of the walls would make it better. I had a look at the designs out there.

I think we'll be fucking on the set of the Monkees.

Deathraystare Sun 11-May-14 13:05:59

Not a good place to have orange, seriously, as like red it is a high energy colour which will zap your strength, NOT relaxing at all. Not sure about now but fast food outlets had orange chairs for that reason, a higher turnover.

You will wake up exhausted!!

Or ange would be better in a kitchen I guess.

ajandjjmum Sun 11-May-14 13:09:20

We have orange and yellow, and I think it's lovely and sunny. The furniture and floor are a light wood, which tones it all down.

Fortunately I close my eyes when I sleep, so don't wake up exhausted Deathraystare!! grin

matildasquared Sun 11-May-14 13:09:55

I actually saw some orange fabric in a Moroccan lattice pattern. I thought, ah, that gives it a calm, desert sort of feel.

So maybe we can compromise on orange if I get to pick the Moroccan-y curtains (we have curtains covering the wardrobe too so it's a big part of the room).

Skivvywoman Sun 11-May-14 13:13:00

My friends bedroom is bright orange with black accessories it's actually really nice smile

KirstyJC Sun 11-May-14 13:15:40

Our youngest's room is orange and yellow. Looks brilliant - really bright and sunny.

Could you try for a darker orange, like terracota? You could do that on one or two walls only, and team it with light blue to create a Moroccan style, and also to tone down the brightness of the orange?

Would you be changing the bedding too? That could be pale/neutral. And hang a really big picture or mirror on the wall - that way it's mostly covered up anyway so you won't see it much!

KirstyJC Sun 11-May-14 13:18:21

Check out these pics - could still look calm even with orange!

matildasquared Sun 11-May-14 13:19:11

Thank you, I might be getting used to the idea...

KirstyJC Sun 11-May-14 13:20:15

Actually, looking that those photos it looks rather nice........

<gets paint chart out>

matildasquared Sun 11-May-14 13:21:57

Oh Kirsty just saw the links! Now we'll be shagging on the set of Aladdin!

But no, I take your point about the blues and dusty oranges. I might be able to gently lead my husband away from Groovy Tangerine Dream over to Desert Hideaway.

matildasquared Sun 11-May-14 13:53:03


Yes, either of these with soft orange walls? That would actually be quite lovely. Thanks for the ideas!

WyrdByrd Sun 11-May-14 14:07:14

How about neutral walls (maybe one feature wall) and lots of orange soft furnishings and accessories.

Chunderella Sun 11-May-14 14:26:53

If it's quite a dark house generally though, you'll need to be careful about doing a darker colour. People tend to use lights or, like you, bright shades in that situation. Ours is similar so we've had to be careful to choose colours to maximise the light. What light does the room get? I wonder if a cream wall and one really bright feature wall might work best.

HappyAgainOneDay Sun 11-May-14 14:28:12

We still have an orange, shag pile carpet in one of our bedrooms ......

Chunderella Sun 11-May-14 14:28:33

Although having said that, if it's only a bedroom maybe you don't mind too much if it's a bit dark? You probably will only ever be sleeping and shagging in there anyway.

WorraLiberty Sun 11-May-14 14:30:23

We used to have a kind of burnt orange colour on our walls about 15yrs ago and it looked really nice.

It wasn't really bright either.

jamaisjedors Sun 11-May-14 14:36:34

How about some of these:

The Carmel Valley one is quite nice?

jamaisjedors Sun 11-May-14 14:37:51

Which way is the room facing?

Our bedroom was bright orange/yellow for ages (previous owners) we are only changing it now because it's actually full of light and gets hot so a cooler colour would be better (it's south-facing).

Morgause Sun 11-May-14 14:39:07

I had an orange bedroom in the 60s. It was fab.

ICanSeeTheSun Sun 11-May-14 14:42:20

I think it will work, as long as not everything is orange.

stripeyblacksocks Sun 11-May-14 14:46:10

When we redecorated the dc got to choose paint colours. Girls room is sunshine yellow with orange and black accessories, the boys chose lime green with matching accessories. Dh chose a dark red with black accessories for our room.

It's growing on me (and a fair trade off as I chose the colours for the rest of the house)

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