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Team with orangeFor a strong colour contrast, pair Classic Blue with orange, its opposite on the colour wheel. To make this work effectively, choose similar tones and they will complement and lift each other. In this room by Malcolm Duffin Design, both the orange and blue are mid tones (if they were viewed in black and white, they’d look the same), so they work beautifully together.This is a strong combination, though, so keep the rest of the room sleek and clean to balance it out.
Pair with orangeWhen you’re thinking of a colour scheme to go with a blue sofa, try teaming it with a bold, tangerine footstool. This brave colour choice might not be for everyone, but orange and blue are contrasting colours that work incredibly well together – they’re opposite to each other on the colour wheel. If you don’t want to splash out on a large piece of furniture, try a scattering of bold orange cushions for a warm, spirited lift.Find cushions and throws to go with a blue sofa in the Houzz Shop
Make it practicalOK, this room doesn’t provide masses of extra seating (although two or three children would easily fit on the big orange stool, freeing up the blue sofa for the grown-ups), but the clever over-arching coffee table is a great idea for keeping a space from looking crowded. This movable two-in-one design removes the need for a separate table, and is also much less precarious than trying to balance the chips and dips on a piece of upholstered furniture.
Scale up for dramatic effectA photograph can be an elegant, stylish, traditional or contemporary addition to the home, depending on the size and material on which it’s printed. From museum-quality matt to gloss, acetate or aluminium, there are numerous ways to process a photograph, and it’s always worth talking to the artist, your framer or even a curator for some advice. Once you’ve discovered an artist you love, it’s worth enquiring about the size of their edition, and whether they might be open to extending this and printing to a different scale. Read expert advice on how to buy original art
Revamp with orange fabricBuy a length of your favourite orange fabric and have a piece of furniture upholstered in it. Here, the designer has teamed an apricot coffee table with a blue sofa for the perfect combination against a neutral backdrop. The furniture stands out and makes a statement in the room.Discover how a colourful piece of furniture can transform a room
Know when to tone it downThere are lots of strong elements vying for attention here – geometric wallpaper, a dramatic piece of art, and two pieces covered in vibrant velvet – all of which balance each other well. The satin brass, delicately formed side tables are a clever choice for this scheme: their metal frames have enough strength to not be overlooked, yet they recede well to let the sofa and coffee table be the stars.Check out 10 stylists’ tricks to steal for the living room