Citrus goes full bodied

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This rich warm dining space is a sophisticated take on a classic citrus.

Rather than use the fresh, light colours normally associated with a citrus-inspired scheme, this one opts for a richer, full-bodied look instead. The orange rear wall is in Resene Twisted Sister while the accessories are in softer, more muted shades such as a short round vase in Resene Thumbs Up, a small bowl in Resene Moonlight, a tall angular vase in Resene Yuma and a table bowl in Resene Crowdpleaser. The sideboard they sit on is painted in Resene Swiss Caramel, the chair is in Resene Moccasin and the pendant light is in Resene Spanish White.

The room is fresh and appealing but escapes being too pretty and light. It’s a citrus scheme that will transcend the seasons and not be locked into summer or spring. Other walls in the space are painted in Resene Half Spanish White as a neutral counterpoint, while golden-stained Resene Colorwood Natural timbers beef up the warm glow of the room.

Twisted sister orange dining Mood board - twisted sister oranges
Mood board - twisted sister oranges Twisted sister orange dining
Mood board: Background in Resene Half Spanish White, small bowl in Resene Moonlight, round vase in Resene Thumbs Up, angular vase in Resene Yuma, A4 drawdown paint swatches in (from top) Resene Thumbs Up, Resene Moccasin, Resene Swiss Caramel and Resene Twisted Sister.  Accessories: The Arco Dining Chair, Piccolo Dining Table and Piccolo stool all from Freedom Furniture.

The versatility of deep orange:

Despite this deep orange being such a striking colour, it is surprisingly adaptable to a variety of interior styles. Here, it has a clean architectural look but change out some accessories, colour accents and furniture for different looks:

  • Swap the table for a chunkier version, add leather chairs, a potted cacti, denim blue accessories and you have an American dessert theme.

  • Go for mid-century furniture, and accents in teal and mustard for retro appeal.

  • Stay with the mid-century furniture but add pop art and palms for a Californian cool vibe.

  • Add textured pots, baskets, an old oak table, potted lavender or daisies, and classic cream earthenware for a Mediterranean feel.

  • Or turquoise, antiqued silver, purple, large urns and tiles for some Moroccan magic.

Paint colours: Wall in Resene Twisted Sister. Side wall in Resene Half Spanish White. Floor in Resene Colorwood Natural. Sideboard in Resene Swiss Caramel. Pendant light in Resene Spanish White. Chair in Resene Moccasin. Short round vase in Resene Thumbs Up. Small bowl in Resene Moonlight. Tall angular vase in Resene Yuma. Bowl on table in Resene Crowdpleaser.

Orange details

Resene Twisted Sister

Resene Thumbs Up

Resene Moonlight

Resene Crowdpleaser

Resene Swiss Caramel

Styling by Gem Adams. Images by Wendy Fenwick. 2018

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