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Interior Design Inspired by a Cocktail of Colours 6: Tequila Sunrise

This bright and vibrant cocktail is thought to have been first made at the end of the Prohibition at the Tijuana’s famed Agua Caliente casino, resort and racetrack. It’s made with tequila (of course!), grenadine and fresh orange juice. Due to the different ‘weight’ of the liquids they alcohol sinks to the bottom of the glass while the orange juice is at the top – giving the suggestion of sunrise. These two beautiful colours, red and orange, bring a fresh and vibrant look to the cocktail and can be used in your home to create a warm, vibrant and relaxing ambience.

In brief:

For a more traditional look fitted carpets in rich red are ideal as the bottom layer of this cocktail. Add cheap rugs in orange to compliment cushions and throws. Alternatively wooden flooring offers a natural warmth which can also have area rugs to break up any void spaces and will coordinate beautifully with window blinds.

If you want a full-on tequila sunrise then this season’s on-trend burnt orange is the perfect colour for walls. Depending on the size of your room you can paint all four walls orange or just use it as the accent colour on one wall. Add different textures by using stipple effect paints or alternatively opt for a feature wall with wallpaper, perhaps the chimney breast wall which will draw the eye to the fireplace.

For a light and airy look voile panels in orange or red will coordinate with the soft furnishings. For a thicker window covering you could use a combination of medium coloured wooden blinds and voile panels, or simply use full length curtains in tonal colours to create a homely atmosphere. By using vertical stripes a ceiling can be made to appear higher, adding additional height to a room can also make it feel more spacious.

Use the colours of sunrise to get the look. Buy curtain fabrics online to make cushions and Roman blinds. Use throws to cover sofas and chairs. As these colours are also reminiscent of Morocco group seating to promote conversation rather than having all your furnishings facing the telly! Wall art can also be useful for breaking up vast areas of orange on walls. Place table lamps in any dark corners, these will also create soft lighting during the evening turning sunrise to sunset with muted tones which are relaxing and gentle on the eye.

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