I love blues mixed with oranges. I have ever since I watched Jawbreaker for the first time, and was desperately jealous of Julie and her funky bedding. And, lucky me, I've been able to enjoy this combination all over the place these days. It's a popular modern color combination, and has become a beloved contrast in Hollywood's world of film-tweaking. However, as blogger Into the Abyss points out, it's overtaking Hollywood.
Abyss writer Todd Miro has shared a pretty excellent account of how this teal-orange phenomenon came to be, and some of mainstream cinema's worst offenders. He explains how Oh Brother, Where Art Thou? was the first feature to get scanned into a computer and put through a Digital Intermediary (DI) process, which allows filmmakers to control the color of every element in a film -- brighten this, dull that, oversaturate this, undersaturate that. This new technology lead to an all-out embrace of complementary color theory. Simply, that opposite colors look really great next to each other, especially the combination of cool (blues) and warm (reds) color tones. Together, they're high-contrast and visually engaging.