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Popular oranges

Add optimism to your colour palette with these favourite oranges!

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Resene Cest La Vie
Resene Cest La Vie

O90-010-049

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A rose white, this colour has a beige neutrality that is very appealing

Resene Dust Storm
Resene Dust Storm

O87-020-041

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A dry pink oxide with a brown edge

Resene Wafer
Resene Wafer

O81-020-048

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A pink biscuit, delightful with sweet ice

Resene Pearl Bush
Resene Pearl Bush

O86-010-059

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A warm pink based brown oxide

Resene Sazerac
Resene Sazerac
O92-029-069

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A pastel peach coloured up with cream and ochre

Resene Despacito
Resene Despacito
O86-023-066

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A delicate beige meets pink with a undertone of modest ambiance in it

Resene Outrageous
Resene Outrageous

O72-179-061

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A clear bright orange, full of frenetic adrenalin and purpose

Resene West Side
Resene West Side

O73-180-064

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A bold sunny orange with a large dose of style and pizazz

Resene Hyperactive
Resene Hyperactive

O66-167-055

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A pulsating frenetic orange harking back to the late 1950s

Resene Adrenalin
Resene Adrenalin

O64-179-050

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A razor sharp slice of fluoro orange

Resene Daredevil
Resene Daredevil

O57-163-043

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A fluoro orange, not to be ignored

Resene Tangerine
Resene Tangerine

O61-153-051

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An Algerian inspired red based orange

Resene Clockwork Orange
Resene Clockwork Orange

O59-135-056

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A bold statement of iconic orange, a 1960s retro perspective

Resene Moroccan Spice
Resene Moroccan Spice

O56-111-056

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A touch of spice in a rich bitter brown edged orange hue

Resene Rusty Nail
Resene Rusty Nail

O54-092-068

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A dry lemon tinged ochre

Resene Twizel
Resene Twizel

O51-083-050

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A terracotta hit of burnt brick orange, full of dynamic energy and boldness

Resene Tuscany
Resene Tuscany

O58-086-050

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A dusty orange raw terracotta

Resene Desperado
Resene Desperado

O43-074-043

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A ginger brown, reckless and wild

Resene Scorched Clay
Resene Scorched Clay

O42-091-042

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A fiery red orange

Resene Alert Tan
Resene Alert Tan

O52-095-052

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An ochre based tan, too yellow to be called orange

Orange peel

Orange, a secondary colour made from a combination of yellow and red, is equidistant from both these primary colours in the colour spectrum.

An attention seeking, aggressive colour, orange is full of lively vitality and energy. While bright, hot and exciting, it is also a symbol of warning at traffic lights. Strong, bright and easy to distinguish from other colours, it is often used to warn of danger or advertise new events. Orange is the colour of fire, and like fire, it can be overbearing emotionally if used in large undiluted amounts.

Lightened to peach or apricot tones, orange warms and creates a social ambience. Darkened to terracotta or rust it is a versatile decorating colour that works well in both cool and warm colour schemes. It appears sporty and full of fun when coupled as a minor accent with blues and whites. Alongside olive green and charcoal it is sophisticated, in a cool blue/green room invigorating.

Historically, orange was one of the fashionable shades of the Art Deco period, teamed with sizzling lime and cool aqua-blue.

Oranges absorbs a good deal of light and can look gloomy if it is in a situation where the lighting is weak. Orange is a warm, advancing colour and often extra lighting or mirrors will do much to counter balance the enclosed effect that orange tends to have on a room. Tungsten-halogen lights are the best lighting choice as they have a minimal effect on colour, even strong ones like orange.

Beyond these basic rules, your use of orange depends on the mood you wish to create – stimulating, intimate, exciting, unique... with the right combination of colours you can use orange to create all these moods.

Decorating with orange...

Always try out your colours using a Resene testpot in the area you plan to paint before you start your painting project – that’s the best way to confirm the colour looks right before you start painting. You can also can order drawdowns online.

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