In this series on the meaning of color, we are looking at color from a wide range of perspectives: design, psychology, philosophy and nature. We examined red last time; this time we are delving into another fiery hue: orange. From the way it makes us feel to how it’s used in our homes, let’s get to know the color orange a little bit better.
- Orange is the color of happiness, optimism and social communication. A rich saffron orange feels warm and exotic, while a bright tangerine orange is fresh, playful and fun.
- Orange is considered a “fire” hue in feng shui, making it a good choice for social spaces like the living room. Use it where you want people to gather and converse. In other area it’s a great accent hue.
- Brighter, cleaner oranges tend to read more modern and youthful, while deeper, spicier tones exude sophistication and rustic warmth.
“A warm and spicy orange makes a beautiful backdrop to a bookcase or salon-style art wall.”