Be inspired by rich autumnal colours to banish the long dark nights and give your home a lift. Lots of us have neutral decor with a base of cream or grey and these will look fantastic with an injection of Halloween colour – go orange! Many people are scared of this colour as it sings of bad 1970s décor, but used in the right way it can be smart, chic and beautifully contemporary in any room.

A bathroom is a really easy place to add orange and this will look crisp and clean in a white or grey setting, and warm and earthy when burnt orange is added to rich wood tones. It’s a simple look – grab some towels (waffle textures or Hamman towels are great) and accessories and if you love the effect, invest in some window treatments to complete the look.

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In a living room, add just a splash with some colourful patterned cushions, a lamp, or something gorgeous like a sumptuous velvet chair. A knitted pouffe when teamed with lots of other textures like woodgrain and fur looks inviting and warm. Imagine the rooms below without the orange and you’ll see how the vibrancy works wonders.

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Join the upcycle revolution and go citrus. Old phone tables and side tables are everywhere in charity shops and EBay and a can of orange spray paint doesn’t cost much and gives a streak-free finish. To take calls in style, paint the phone table drawer panel orange (change the knob too if it’s ugly) and cover a piece of foam with some patterned orange fabric. For the little console table, cut a solid wood table to size then check all joints are stable and re-glue or add screws to make sure it doesn’t wobble. Paint it, then screw a batten to the wall at the level of the underside of the table then screw from underneath to keep the table in place. Neither project is difficult and both are far more lovely in your hall than much of the furniture out there…

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Bedrooms can often be a bit boring and in many ways forgotten about but some new orange linen can make a huge impact. To stop it looking garish, add layers of neutrals in grey or oatmeal, or choose a washed out linen version for its gentle subtlety and make sure accessories or artwork are a strong presence to visually balance the hit of orange.

For a softer look, add tiny amounts of orange amid other citrus shades or for a bold finish, team with navy, copper and metallic for a rich sumptuous feel.

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Many kitchens have been blessed with orange glass splash backs – we seem to be braver in this room with a splash of colour. But where else could you add some orange? Chairs or stools look great in in this colour and you can buy new, or paint your current wood versions, but you could also have a few coloured wall cabinets to add interest or even an orange fridge!

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For your house to stand proud why not paint the front door a glorious orange shade, or for a cheery welcome home, fit a stair runner?

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Or give in and embrace all things retro with some fab 70s wallpaper, chair, lamp and anything else you fancy. That’s the whole point of decor, right? To create a space that you love.

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Becky