Orange isn’t just for Thanksgiving

Nov 20, 2012

apricot, amber, brass, burnt orange,

citrus, copper, peach, pumpkin,

salmon, tangerine, terracotta, vermilion

Often overlooked, orange, a happy cheerful color can be considered bright and bold and too brilliant to use in our homes. However peach, vermillion and apricot are a tint of orange that are quite common. A warm and inviting color, it is both physically and mentally stimulating, so it gets people thinking and talking. The color psychology of orange is optimistic and uplifting, rejuvenating our spirit. Orange brings spontaneity and it helps to keep us motivated and looking on the bright side of life. Being around orange raises our enthusiasm, helping to rejuvenate us by restoring balance to our physical energy. While not as excitable as red it is a stimulating color, that helps us to find the strength to face consequences, take action and make changes.

Orange conjures up images of autumn leaves, pumpkins, and Halloween. It represents the change between the heat of summer and the cool of winter. Because orange is also a citrus color, it can evoke thoughts of vitality and good health. Peachy oranges are less flamboyant than their redder cousins but still energetic and friendly, yet soothing.

Using bold color in small amounts is a good way to introduce stronger hues into your home. Use orange as a feature wall to create a focal point, add a blue or purple accent on the table and you have a striking color combination. Throw around some bright orange cushions to enliven up a dull color scheme, or add some orange flowers to a vase to brighten a room.

What shade of orange suits you best?

  • A bold orange is a great color choice for teenager’s bedrooms as it is happy and active and has anti depressive properties. For a fresh, fun look, team orange with yellow.
  • The neutral can be a main color in the color scheme while orange makes a bold accent color. Orange goes well with black, white, gray, cream, brown beige and other neutrals.
  • Paler oranges such as salmon, peach, and apricot work well in bedrooms
  • Entertainment areas are ideal for orange as it is a happy, fun, social color, but should be avoided in kitchens if you are trying to lose weight as orange stimulates appetite
  • If working from home you may need a bit of an energy boost to keep you motivation. A splash of citrus orange may be just the injection of color you need to keep going.
  • If you are after a retro look, try shades of brown with a burnt orange
  • For a crisp beachy look think about touches of turquoise with tangerine orange. As blue is the complementary color to orange, the blue will make the orange look more orange and vice versa.
  • Mix orange with green for a tropical look.