Dulux Orchid White is a popular off-white shade for an interior, but not sure whether it’s the right one for your interior?
Opting for an off-white gives the opportunity for more design flair than a bog standard bright white does. The respective undertones bring colour and it can actually be easier to work in different colours to the room. Certain undertones can also help with certain issues in the home like very dark North facing rooms that feel cold.
There is a misconception that bright white paint is good for EVERY room and brightening them up, it’s not! Bright white paint will only reflect what it’s surrounded by, so if it’s a room with no natural light it has nothing to bounce around, and in turn will make the room feel darker than it is.
So, let’s take a closer look at the off-white shade Dulux Orchid White and the best complementary colours to help you create a cohesive and restful interior with it.
What Colour is Orchid White?
Dulux Orchid White is a beige, yellow off-white shade that has yellow undertones. This distinctive shade is perfect for a cold North facing room with minimal light as the creamy yellow based shade will counteract the natural blue light that is making the room feel cold.
This paint shade can look different in different lights so always invest in a tester pot first and paint a swatch in your chosen room to see how it looks and feels with the light throughout the day.
What Colours Go With Dulux Orchid White?
It’s always best to pair paint with tonal combinations for a cohesive feel in an interior. Dulux Orchid White has warm yellow undertones so it’s best to pair with like shades whether through paint, furniture or decorative accessories.
If you’re looking to add additional paint colours to your interior, Dulux recommend pairing with the vibrant shade Citrus Zing or a much softer, pared back neutral such as County Cream. It has a gorgeous, honey, caramel feel to it and this sort of shade through throws and cushions would create a really warm and inviting feel.
As Dulux Orchid White is an off-white it naturally pairs really well with other neutral shades, and this trio look perfect together.
I’d always recommend having one defining shade in an interior scheme to stop things floating, and Spiced Honey is a defining brown shade that could be used on architraves, doors and skirting to really ground the room. I’m personally not a fan of shades like this – I would lean more towards a black or charcoal grey as a defining tone in the room.
Alternatively, a grey pairs really well with Orchid White such as Morning Oats, a really pared back greige shade that would look great as an accent colour in the room.
Designer’s Choice Combinations
Dulux always throw in a few wild card colours with their shades, and I actually think these purple shades are a match made in heaven for Orchid White.
Purple and yellow, especially pastel shades like Orchid White and Romantic Reverie are becoming one of the hottest, new colour combinations in an interior.
This mature colour combo looks sensational together. Use one as the dominant colour in the room such as the orchid white on the walls and work a purple shade in as an accent colour in a few well placed areas like bedding, cushions and throws or artwork.
Dulux Orchid White & Black
Black remains one of my favourite defining colours in an interior scheme and if you’re creating a modern interior, a black accent will really bring character to the room, pairing beautifully with Orchid White.
Black only needs to be used in a few well placed areas to tie the room together, this could include; door knobs, sockets and switches, mirrors, photo frames and small pieces of furniture like side tables.
Dulux Orchid White & Sage Green
Sage green creates a restful and balanced companion for Orchid White, and it’s one of the hottest interior colours right now. Use it on architraves, doors, skirting boards or throughout textiles such as throws, cushions and voile curtains.
Never use the same colour on the walls as the doors, this provides no definition in a space and it will just make the house feel flat. Incorporating a colour such as sage green onto the doors will lift the space and complement the orchid white on the walls perfectly.
Dulux Orchid White & Bright White
Whilst I feel really strongly against using bright white in an interior, I’m an absolute advocate for its use still, but in small, carefully placed areas.
Used correctly, bright white can lift certain area of rooms, and also give the illusion of more space. A clever way to trick the eye into thinking ceilings are a lot higher than they are is by painting a ceiling bright white, or painting Orchid White on the walls up to a picture rail, and then painting above this with a bright white shade.
It draws the eye up as you enter the room, and it provides such a beautifully crisp contrast against the warm neutral.
Dulux Orchid White & Grey
Grey is a no-nonsense, perfect pairing for Orchid White so if you already have a grey carpet, then Orchid White on the walls will work well with the colour scheme.
Grey comes in a myriad of shade so you can still be creative with the colour you use, layering a few different grey shades such as pale grey with some defining charcoal grey brings more depth and visual interest than just using one flat shade of grey throughout. Layering is key!