Listen to Winger. He inherited my graphic design skills to an extent.
I work with colors on a regular basis. I’ve even worked with orange and blue in logo design. Both colors can coexist, but both colors cannot coexist in their standard appearance and be the majority of color present. It just doesn’t work.
I recently designed a vector of a 3D printer that is standard orange with a blue screen. There the primary colors are orange and black, with an excessive amount of grey highlights, and only the small screen was blue. It worked because the blue was a small detail added to a palette where the only vibrant color was orange.
One important thing you have to understand is the color wheel is a liar. Its guidelines may appear to be taken as they are, but if you don’t know what you’re doing with them, you will end up with a repulsive mess, like what Winger demonstrated. And yet any color combination can work depending on the setting and the design. One color combination that gives me more of a migraine than the one above is base red and base blue, especially if they overlap, but watch as they become based red and based blue in this design:
It’s all how you use it.
Slightly more on topic: you know what design isn’t bad? the boards! I really love the UI and the instant messaging format they’ve got going here, it’s fantastic. Makes it feel less and less like a forum every time I use it.