In a modern context, the vibrancy of orange and red signifies energy and applies to someone who is constantly seeking new adventures and inspiration, isn’t afraid to experiment or to step outside of their comfort zones, and is brimming with creative concepts. Red is the colour of desire but also of direction and vivacity; it’s a great shade to have in working spaces, such as home offices or in the kitchen, as it is thought to provoke productivity. 

Left and right: In the London apartment the interior design studio played with their client’s strong love of colour in the living room. Embleton curtain and cushion fabric, Dh290 per linear metre, Sanderson.

Orange conjures feelings of excitement, enthusiasm and warmth. It’s often used to draw attention to its surroundings, and in interiors accents of orange should be on statement pieces of furniture, or items that define a space, such as a carpet or artwork. This season, opt for bright tones with hints of pink and red, rather than sombre, rust-coloured oranges. 

Zapara Bavero wallpaper, Dh350 per roll, Harlequin.
Left and right: Tissu Palais Bourbon curtain fabric, Dh725.50 per linear metre, Nobilis. Caliente AF-290 ultraspec paint, Dh129 per gallon, Benjamin Moore.

Benjamin Moore’s paint of the year is an energised red called Caliente AF-290 – a signature colour with bold strokes the eye can’t help but follow, claim the American manufacturer. The complementing paint palette includes rosy pinks, greys and creams, which will help calm a strong burst of red on a statement wall, or accented on chairs, cushions, and other accessories. 

Left and right: Jennifer Newman Edge table and bench, from Dh23,651, Houseology. Dominique Kieffer Aloha Pompei lounger fabric, Dh793 per linear metre, Rubelli. Left and right: Rivoli sofa fabric, Dh452.50 per metre, Derain chair fabric, Dh630 per metre, Vogue curtain fabric, Dh654.50 per metre, Park Avenue Collection, Manuel Canovas. Cushions left to right: Birodo 332419, Dh495 per linear metre, Amoret 332642 (reversed), from Dh520 per linear metre, Amoret 332646, from Dh520 per linear metre, Zoffany.

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