THE COLOR ORANGE:   How We Use It and What It Means

THE COLOR ORANGE: How We Use It and What It Means


For those of us who love the color orange, we see it everywhere and want to use it all the time.  But how we use orange at home and when we use it requires a little bit of information about color psychology.

 Orange is the perfect mix of red and yellow.  And because it combines the energy and stimulation of red with the cheerfulness of yellow, orange radiates a warmth and happiness that draws us in.  Have you ever taken a walk down a path that’s covered with red, yellow, and orange leaves or watched a sunset with shades of reds and oranges?  That is happiness!

orange pumpkin with succulents

What We Know About Orange:

  • Offers emotional strength in difficult times
  • Optimistic and uplifting, rejuvenating our spirit
  • A great color to use during tough economic times because it keeps us motivated
  • Helps us to look on the bright side of life
  • Promotes enthusiasm for life, relating to adventure, risk-taking, independence   The person who loves the color orange is always on the go!
  • It stimulates two-way conversations and social communications
  • Because it’s a warm and inviting color, it’s both mentally and physically stimulating. It gets people thinking and talking!
  • Stimulates our appetite
  • Helps us assimilate new ideas and frees our spirit of limitations…let’s us be free to be ourselves.

How We Use Orange at Home:

Because Orange is such a sociable color, and mentally stimulating, use it in rooms where you want to get people thinking and talking.  A dining room or living room would be the perfect area to paint an accent wall in orange.  If that’s just a little too bold for you and out of your comfort zone, try orange pillows, placemats, napkins or dishes.  When it comes to paint, tinting orange to a soft peach will also have the same effect.

orange dining room accents

If you love Life In the Kitchen as much as I do, enjoying family and friends sitting around the kitchen table, orange will keep them talking and eating for a long time.  Many restaurants use pastel versions of orange like peach or apricot, or deeper versions of terracotta for their décor.  When guests are having a good time talking and connecting, they’ll eat and drink more…and spend more money!

orange accents in a bay window

But the one room in your home that you don’t want to have large amounts of orange is the kitchen.  It’s the worst color to be surrounded with if you’re trying to lose weight!!!!

Your Design Homework:

  1. Take a walk through your house and make a list of how you can use the color orange in a room or two.
  2. How can you incorporate orange to red accessories for Fall?
  3. How can you use lighter and/or brighter versions of orange for Spring and Summer?

Want to learn more about using color in your home?  Call us today and schedule your personal interior color consultation.  (404)213-8571

What We Love About the Color Orange Gracing Our Fall Tabletop

In the fall, the color orange brings up images of falling leaves, pumpkins, Halloween (when paired with black), and Thanksgiving. It represents the changing seasons and is the bridge color between the heat of summer and the cold of winter.  No wonder it’s the color of choice for decorating our fall tables.

Did you know that loving orange tells a little bit about your personality?  Thoughtful and sincere people are orange enthusiasts.  If you’re the curious type and love to explore new things, orange might be a favorite color for you.
Because orange stimulates enthusiasm and creativity, it’s the perfect choice to use in the dining room if you want to have lively conversations going on during dinner.  And don’t forget that it also increases a craving for food.  So be sure to have plenty to share!
Put orange in your life when you want:
  • to spice things up when you feel time is draggingORange Dining Set
  • become more involved in something
  • increase your creativity
  • relief when things become too serious
  • to feel powerful
  • to create a healing space                    

(Did you know…..Each year Americans consume enough Brach’s Candy Corn that if laid end to end, would circle the earth 4.25 times? These too can make a whimsical centerpiece…)
Here are a few ideas for inspiration creating your fall table:
Orange Centerpiece From marthastewart.com, “elevate your next occasion with a centerpiece inspired by the harvest season. A quick trip to the market yielded this fall centerpiece, an informal arrangement of kumquats, squashes, and a bell pepper in a ceramic compote. Use whatever orange fruits and vegetables you find, such as baby pumpkins, carrots, persimmons, and, of course, oranges.”
From Pinterest: A vase filled with orange fall leaves can give height, and pumpkins, gourds, votives or flowers can add to this centerpiece!

From redcouchrecipes.blogspot.com – Did you think you could make such an “adult” fall centerpiece with candy corn? Style and whimsy meet on this table top! All you need is a clear vase, styrofoam balls, hot glue and…candy corn!