All About the Color ORANGE

All About the Color ORANGE

Orange, a close relative of red, sparks more controversy than any other hue. There is usually strong positive or negative association to orange and true orange generally elicits a stronger “love it” or “hate it” response than other colors. Fun and flamboyant orange radiates warmth and energy. Interestingly, some tones of orange, such as terra cotta, peach, and rust have very broad appeal.

HOW THE COLOR ORANGE AFFECTS US PHYSICALLY

  • Stimulates activity
  • Stimulates appetite
  • Encourages socialization

CHAKRA COLORS: ORANGE IS THE COLOR OF THE SACRAL CHAKRA

The Colors of the Chakras - OrangeThis chakra is located beneath the naval, close to the genitals. The Sacral Chakra is linked to the sexual organs and reproductive system. Opening this chakra will free fertility and inherent creativity. The Brow Chakra stimulates sexuality and emotions. Gemstones that will aid the Sacral Chakra include carnelian and orange agate.
{See more about the chakra colors}

THE MEANING OF ORANGE AROUND THE GLOBE

  • American Indians associate the color orange with kinship.
  • Orange is the Netherlands’ national color, dating back to the Dutch War of Independence and the rebel Prince of Orange.
  • In Ireland, the use of orange dates from the reign of William of Orange, the Protestant English king and a Dutch stadholder.
  • In China and Japan, orange is used to symbolize happiness and love.
  • Orange County, California
  • Orange, CA
  • Orange, NJ

RELIGIOUS & MYTHOLOGICAL ASSOCIATIONS WITH ORANGE

  • Orange is representative of “gluttony” in Christianity.

POLITICAL ASSOCIATIONS OF ORANGE

  • Orange is the national color of the Netherlands because its royal family owns the principality of Orange.
  • In Ireland, the use of orange dates from the reign of William of Orange, the Protestant English king and a Dutch stadholder.

INTERESTING INFORMATION ABOUT ORANGE

  • The interior dash lights on older model Suburu cars were orange.
  • Orange is the color that means “high” in the color-coded threat system established by presidential order in March 2002. This system quickly informs law enforcement agencies when intelligence indicates a change in the terrorist threat facing the United States.
  • In the United States Army, orange is the color of the United States Army Signal Corps.
  • Safety orange is a color used to set things apart from their surroundings. Safety orange is the color usually used in the United States for traffic cones, stanchions, barrels, and other construction zone marking devices. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requires that certain construction equipment must be painted safety orange.
  • Agent Orange, an herbicide named after the color of its containers, was used in a systematic herbicidal program organized by the US military that ran from 1961 through 1971 in Vietnam. At the time, this program was meant to deny food and jungle cover to Vietnamese liberation forces, but the chemical remained in the water and soil decades later. Dioxin, the toxic compound in Agent Orange, has been shown to cause cancer, birth defects, and organ dysfunction.

ORANGE IN ATHLETICS AND SPORTS

There are several American teams that use orange as their primary color.

  • Baseball teams include the Baltimore Orioles and the San Francisco Giants.
  • Football teams include the Chicago Bears, Cincinnati Bengals, Cleveland Browns, and Denver Broncos.
  • Basketball teams include the Charlotte Bobcats and the Phoenix Suns.
  • The nickname of the Dutch National Soccer (Football) team is Oranje, the Dutch word for “orange.”
  • Syracuse University Orangemen/women
  • University of Florida Gators
  • University of Tennessee Volunteers
  • University of Texas Longhorns
  • University of Miami Hurricanes

ORANGE AS A SIGNATURE COLOR

  • Celebrity Chef Mario Batali

COMPANIES OR BRANDS IDENTIFIED BY ORANGE

QUOTES ABOUT ORANGE

  • ”Everyone knows that yellow, orange, and red suggest ideas of joy and plenty. I can paint you the skin of Venus with mud, provided you let me surround it as I will.” — Eugene Delacroix
  • “There is no blue without yellow and without orange.” — Vincent Van Gogh
  • “If we were to imagine an orange on the blue side or green on the red side or violet on the yellow side, it would give us the same impression as a north wind coming from the southwest.” — Ludwig Josef Johann Wittgenstein
  • “Reds, yellows and oranges conjure up sunlight and fire, while the blues and blue-greens evoke snow and ice, sea, sky and moonlight.” — Anonymous
  • “Orange is red brought nearer to humanity by yellow.” — Wassily Kandinsky
  • “Orange is the happiest color.” — Frank Sinatra
  • “Orange, it seems, may be the best color choice for the competitive player. Though rare in golf apparel and only the seventh most popular color among American consumers, orange is jovial, warm, energetic, forceful, and has a subjective impression of exuberance. It is associated with fruitfulness, adventure, vigor and wholesomeness, plenty of which exists in golf and on the PGA TOUR.” — Michael Patrick Shiels
    {See entire list of quotes about color}

WHAT IT SAYS ABOUT YOU WHEN YOU BUY AN ORANGE VEHICLE

SONGS WITH ORANGE IN THE TITLE

  • Orange Blossom Special by Johnny Cash
  • Orange Crush by R.E.M.
  • Orange Crush by Rose Polenzani
  • Orange Film Garden by The Pillows on Good Dreams
  • Orange Rolls, Angel’s Spits by Sonic Youth on Dirty
  • Orange Sky by Alexi Murdoch
  • Orange Skies by Love on Da Capo
  • Peeling An Orange by Talk Show
  • Pink Orange Red by Cocteau Twins on Stars and Topsoil
  • Three Orange Lights by Atmos

ORANGE IN THE GARDEN

  • Orange is considered a warm color in landscape design. Its appearance can have an exciting effect in the garden.
  • Ladybugs
  • Orange flowers visually come forward in the landscape, helping to make a large garden feel cozier.
  • Orange’s complimentary color in the garden is blue. Why is it that we love the vibrant color of sunsets, fresh citrus fruit, and warm flames in our winter fireplaces, but have trouble incorporating those hues into our gardens?
  • Orange is one of those colors that really stands out, even at a distance. It seems to shout, “Hey, look at me!”
    {Here’s a list of plants with orange flowers and berries for your garden: Garden Gate magazine}

ORANGE AND OUR SENSE OF TASTE

  • Oranges
  • Tangerines
  • Peaches
  • Apricots
  • Sweet Potatoes

ORANGE AND OUR SENSE OF SMELL

  • AromaPod, a scented lifestyle tool, uses the color orange with the scent that provides awakening.
  • Orange Peel: A very strong orange scent, very refreshing, and cooling.
  • A great scent for Spring-Fall.
  • Aromatherapy benefits: Cheering, Refreshing, Uplifting, Cleansing, Rejuvenating, Energizing, Sensual, Stimulating. -Scent It.com
  • Mimosa: A strong heavy, spicy Mimosa scent that will intoxicate you with its fragrance all year round.
  • “Orange” was the original scent of the orange colored Magic Scents Crayons from Binney & Smith Inc., introduced in 1994 with mostly food scents. However, there were numerous reports that children were eating the food-scented crayons, so the food scents were retired and replaced with non-food scents. The scent for the color orange after that time was “tulip.”

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All About the Color ORANGE

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Comments

  1. Hi Kate – Your site is amazing! I am currently working on a 52 week photo project and my first theme is centered around color. I mentioned your site on my blog and I wanted to thank you for all the wonderful information.

    Mary G
    www.megiordanophotography.com/blog

  2. Kate Smith says:

    Thanks for your glowing comment, Mary. I will look at your photo project and blog. It sounds like an inspirational project!

  3. We featured your very informative orange knowledge in the Blog Pleasure Section on our Abornewords Website. Thanks for helping us to make color fun.

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