Got some vintage orange timber furniture? Try this!

That pine farmhouse look that was popular in the 80s and 90s has transformed before our eyes ... from light, golden tones to something closer to orange. Off-putting to many people, for sure, but with clever use of colour the orange gets a new lease on life. It's worth remembering that orange is not an inherently ugly colour (hello midcentury teak revival), it's all about how you use it. 

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The key component here is the navy blue, which is opposite orange on the colour wheel and therefore its complement. The yellow, which borders on hints of citrusy green, packs a real punch for this variation on the classic triadic colour scheme. The grey here is neutral (neither warm nor cool) and, well, neutralises the whole thing. Our orange furniture, instead of sticking out like a sore thumb against white, feels like a well considered choice in this masculine bedroom. 

When shopping for vintage furniture, then, know that you can make the pine orange work. If you love the piece for its other qualities - whether its overall shape and functionality, a detail on the door, or just, you know, the vibe of the thing, don't be afraid to give it a go!