According to color psychology, orange represents happiness, energy, enthusiasm, and warmth. It reminds us of the sun, of tangy citrus fruit, and of leaves changing colors in the fall.
Orange seems like a bold choice for a bathroom, and it is. But that doesn't mean that it can't work. In practice, orange can be a perfect color for a bathroom if you tend to have trouble getting going in the morning. Walking in the shower of an orange bathroom will perk you right up and get you moving in no time.
Using orange can be a little challenging, but there are some tips for using it properly. First, orange is the most visible color in the spectrum, so you don't need to use a lot to make an impact: A little can go a long way. Second, orange works very well with aqua, baby blue, and hot pink. Or you can simply use it with white for a harmonious effect.
For inspiration, consider these examples.
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All-In With Orange
While orange generally is used sparingly in a bathroom, it's sometimes possible to go all-in, s with this bathroom by Min Day Architects. This bold bathroom with orange all over is certain to make an impact. The white sinks and black window frame virtually disappear in the background with so much orange.
Such a bathroom is not for everyone, but in a cold climate or for a homeowner in need of a morning jolt, it's worth considering.Continue to 2 of 16 below.
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Orange and Flamingo Pink in a Girl's Bathroom
This girl's bathroom by MMR Interiors is a great example of the orange and pink combination. Since the orange is a little muted, flamingo pink makes a perfect contrast. The patterned wallpaper is cheery, and the monogrammed towels give a nice personalized touch. A white sink and towels help soften the effect.Continue to 3 of 16 below.
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Orange Subway Tile Wall
If you like a lighter touch with your color, you might want to consider a simple subway tile wall, like in this example from van Ellen Sheryn. Bright white grout highlights the white tub and surrounding wall, and a darker floor adds a touch of muted comfort. In an overall neutral bathroom where an accent wall is appropriate, orange ceramic tile can be a great option.Continue to 4 of 16 below.
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Rusty Orange in a Glass-Dominated Bathroom
In this large, modern bathroom by Thomas Roszak Architecture, the orange is not so bright yet still adds cheer to the room. This orange is more akin to fall leaves, which gives this space a comforting feel. Large windows provide plenty of daylight and a view of trees that will echo the fall colors of the wall once autumn arrives.Continue to 5 of 16 below.
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Orange Octopus Wallpaper
Embrace the full quirkiness of orange with an orange octopus wallpaper in your bathroom. This design by Tatum Brown Custom Homes shows that anything is possible, really. With a strikingly wallpaper like this, it is best to minimize distractions by keeping furnishings simple. Here, a clean white pedestal sink does the job right.Continue to 6 of 16 below.
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Orange Kid's Bathroom With Open Shelving
Adding orange in darker corners will help brighten up the space. This kid's bathroom by This Old House uses orange paint in the open shelving alcove area to add some color to a dark space and to harmonize with the rest of the bathroom. Bright green and yellow towels suit the bathroom perfectly. Note that all the accessories are chosen to complement the color scheme.Continue to 7 of 16 below.
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Orange and Yellow Traditional Bathroom
This Brooklyn apartment uses a nice, muted shade of orange to fit the colorful tile. The subtle shades of orange and yellow work together to give this bathroom a sense of cheery comfort. The small window doesn't bring a lot of light, but the color choices for this bathroom compensate by brightening the room.Continue to 8 of 16 below.
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Orange Accents in a Neutral Bathroom
Sometimes, just a little bit of orange can do the trick. In this contemporary bathroom by Creative Tonic Design, a line of orange on the drapes and an orange mirror frame are all that is needed to bring cheer and brightness to this white and gray space.Continue to 9 of 16 below.
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Powder Room With Orange Art Deco Wallpaper
This eclectic bathroom by Designstiles features a beautiful art deco orange wallpaper, which becomes the star of the show in this space. A round floor mat recalls the circular shapes on the wallpaper, and a mirror with a fantastic frame adds the perfect finishing touch.Continue to 10 of 16 below.
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Orange Contemporary Bathroom
A small yet ultra-sleek bathroom benefits from an influx of muted orange to add light and space. The design by Moon Design + Build features a smooth, almost cake-like shade of orange that perfectly complements the white shower area and the floating natural wood cabinets. A dark granite floor provides a helpful contrast.Continue to 11 of 16 below.
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Nautical Orange Boy's Bathroom
We've seen orange in a girl's bathroom, but it also works for a boy's. This nautical-themed bathroom by Peppermint Bliss uses orange as its main color, accented by bright blue and lots of white. Note the fun, bathtub alcove with blue wall tile, which is reminiscent of waves on the water.Continue to 12 of 16 below.
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Minimal Bathroom With Square Orange Tile
This ultra-minimal bathroom by Bower Architecture features a light well above the tub, a square orange tile that brings a sense of order and symmetry, and a very basic vanity. The absence of superfluous decorations or items ensures that this bathroom keeps an ultra-modern profile.Continue to 13 of 16 below.
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Contemporary Bathroom With Orange Faucet Taps
This bathroom by Found Associates makes a bold style statement with a column pedestal sink, a green wall, and orange faucet taps and spout. The single towel peg to the side of the sink is also a very interesting touch. Clean geometrical shapes and well-defined, bright colors are characteristic of the contemporary style.Continue to 14 of 16 below.
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Grey and Orange Wallpaper
Floral wallpaper with an orange background adds just the right pop of color in this grey and marble bathroom by Molly Frey Design. The Moroccan-style mirror and oval vessel sink add softness, in contrast with the large angled marble countertop.Continue to 15 of 16 below.
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White and Orange Modern Bathroom
A simple white square tile is combined with large mirrors and orange accents in this bathroom by la SHED Architecture. The small space is kept manageable with a floating sink and a tankless toilet, and prominent use of white keeps it light and airy. An orange curtain rod, as reflected in the mirror, continues the theme and interrupts the regularity of the small tile.Continue to 16 of 16 below.
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Warm Orange Mediterranean Bathroom
A blood orange paint shade combined with a rounded ceiling and warm wood make this bathroom by Schippmann Design feel like a North African spa. Note how the countertop is in the same shade as the wall, which makes it disappear into it. This increases the impression of a large, open space.