Don’t you just love the color orange? No?? But it is such a happy color (next to yellow that is)! Did you know that orange is considered to be the most controversial of all colors? That is usually because there is such a strong opinion towards it- either you love it or hate it!
Orange falls directly between the colors of red and yellow on the color spectrum and shares both attributes. The color on the yellow side is thought to promote happiness and represents sunshine, enthusiasm and creativity. On the other side, orange is close to red which shows more of an aggressive side.
But I ask you, how can you not love this room? I see the yellow happier side of orange filled with sunshine.
I do not think I myself would like a room all painted in orange, but I love to use as accessories because they really ‘pop’ out and look great. I think orange is such a young, fresh and modern look. Here are a couple perfect examples below from one of my favorite designers Maria Killam:
I know that most people automatically think of bright primary orange when they think of this hue. But look at how Maria beautifully incorporated ‘orange’ in her design:
Bet you did not know all of these colors below were shades of orange: (If you click on the colors it will bring you to Wikipedia’s* illustration and definition.)
Amber Apricot Bittersweet Brown
Burnt orange Champagne Coral Dark salmon
Flame Gamboge Gold Mahogany Orange Orange(web) Orange-red Orange peel Peach Persimmon Pumpkin
Rust Salmon Sunset Tangerine
Tea rose Tenné Tomato Vermilion
Most colors such as tangerine, rust and peach were easy to guess, but I never thought of coral or apricot? Did you know that?
Do you like red and orange together?
How about turquoise and orange?
Purple and orange are contrasting colors are across from each other, contrasting, on the color wheel and that is why the two colors look so great together.
Another favorite color scheme of mine is orange and navy. I could not find a picture, but here is an example:
So before you say “ I hate the color orange and I would never use in my home,” , instead of picturing ‘orange’, visualize a pretty shade of rust or tomato or coral. Picture this instead:
If you would like to see more of Maria, visit her blog Colour Me Happy. She has many great color ideas and really fantastic photos.
If you are afraid of the intensity of the color orange, start small. Put out a couple pillows, a vase, chair or ottoman. You will add instant freshness to your room. How do you feel about the color orange?
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