Next in our ‘Breaking the colour code’ décor series is Melon Orange. This hue will certainly get your attention, and has the power to transform your home in a bold way without becoming too overbearing.
The colour of marigolds, monks’ robes and spanspek melons, this splashy, big and bold hue shares the attention-grabbing effect of red without as much aggressiveness. Orange is a vital rather than vivid colour, with a clarity and purity that instantly lifts the spirits, and it transforms any interior into a joyful, contemporary space. However, some discipline is necessary to prevent it from becoming overwhelming.
The impact of a single melon orange wall in a room where everything else is neutral creates immediate impact. One tone down from zingy citrus orange, melon is not an overpowering shade of orange, and its texture is almost translucent, so you feel the warmth rather than the heat of the colour. But making this shade of orange work is all about balance: too much will be uncomfortable; too little just looks fussy.
Take inspiration from hot equatorial countries like Mexico and the Caribbean, where colour reigns supreme, and use this voluptuous hue in contrasts that are dynamic and unexpected — the tangy freshness of melon contrasting with powder pink, acid green and touches of turquoise and yellow in graphic floral prints or clashing stripes will create a mood of joyful spontaneity. To make such a potentially wayward mixture work, offset it all against a subtle backdrop of clean white, or, for a more contemporary look, natural linen and cool calico colours.
If you’ve warmed to the thought of using orange in your home, be brazen in its surface application. Melon looks fabulous when applied in playful, rough-textured brushstrokes or — combined with luscious fuschia, persimmon and cerise — in a colour-to-colour blend. The trick to the latter is to keep the hues the same intensity, providing continuity instead of clashing.
Try: Plascon French Marigold (O2-A1-2)
Read more about the colours featured so far in our 6-part series, ‘Breaking the colour code’ — it’s packed full of fab décor ideas: