Orange is warm and happy. It exudes energy. The color orange increases oxygen flow to the brain and stimulates mental activity. It also stimulates one’s appetite. Orange encourages socializing and interacting with others. In chromotherapy, orange is used to heal the lungs and to increase energy levels.
People either love orange or hate orange. There seems to be no in-between.
Orange is the color between red and yellow. In color theory, orange is a secondary color. It’s complementary color is blue.
- Fear of orange: chrysophobia
- Fear of peach: persicophobia
- Orange symbolizes enthusiasm, attraction, strength, happiness, and creativity.
- Orange is symbolic of strength, bravery, and endurance.
- Orange is often associated with healing and good health.
- Orange is the color of autumn and the harvest.
- Orange foreshadows or adds emphasis to a scene: warmth, naivety, romance, exoticness, and/or toxicness.
Superstitions and Beliefs
- In China and Japan, orange is the color of happiness.
- In Christianity, orange represents the sin of gluttony.
- In Confucianism, orange is the color of transformation.
- In Hinduism, the color orange, specifically deep saffron, represents fire that burns away the darkness. and brings light. This is symbolic of knowledge over ignorance.
- In Hinduism and Buddhism, orange is saffron.
- A Buddhist monk’s orange robe represents humility.
- In Thailand, orange is the color of Thursday. It is good luck to wear orange on Thursday. It is unlucky to wear orange-red on Wednesday nights.
- Placing an orange gemstone on your desk will keep you mentally alert.
- An orange rose means, “I desire you”.
- Peach roses mean gratitude, appreciation, or sympathy.
- American Indians associate orange face paint with intellect and determination, and orange war paint with the willingness to fight to the death.
- Orange the second (sacral) chakra.
- Before the late 15th century, the color orange was called yellow-red.
- The word for the color orange came from the fruit.
- Swamis (Hindu) wear orange (deep saffron) robes.
- Paintings traditionally showed Bacchus, the Roman god of wine, ritual, and ecstasy, (Dionysus in Greek myth), dressed in orange.
- In the 18th century, Pomona, the Roman goddess of fruitful abundance was often depicted wearing orange clothing.
- In heraldry, orange (tenne / tawny) signifies ambition.
- Orange was an important color to impressionist and post-impressionist painters.
- Agent Orange is a [toxic] herbicide and defoliant used by the U.S. military as part of its herbicidal warfare program during the Vietnam War. It got its name from the color of the steel drums it was stored in.
- The middle traffic light is orange in most European countries (it’s yellow in the US).
- Orange was the rally color of the Orange Revolution in Ukraine (2004–2005).
Pigments & Dyes
- In ancient Egypt, artists used an orange mineral pigment called realgar. It produced a pure orange.
- The ancient Egyptians also used orpiment (a deep orange-yellow mineral) to create a gold tone.
- In the ancient world, minium and massicot, bright yellow and orange pigments, were made by heating lead oxide and its variants.
- Less pure tones of orange came from the ochre and cadmium families.
- Turmeric and saffrons were used to make dyes.
Bright orange is officially known as “safety orange”. It is used for high-visibility to alert people of hazards.
Meanings of Shades and Tints of Orange
- Peach: secret desires
- Dark orange: deceit and distrust
- Red-orange: pleasure, sexual passion, domination, and aggression
- Yellow-orange: prestige, wisdom, illumination, wealth, and quality
Words for Orange
Orange and You
Are you wearing orange right now?
You’re action-oriented today. You feel very independent and self-motivated.
Are you wearing peach?
You are in a caring mood.
Look in your closet. Is orange a predominate color in your wardrobe?
You are practical but creative. You are self-motivated and impatient. You have lots of energy and may be restless.
Do you just dislike the color orange?
You suffer from mental or physical exhaustion.
Do you drive an orange car?
You are artistic, individual, and complex.
*Chromophobia, also known as chromatophobia or chrematophobia, is a persistent, irrational fear of, or aversion to, colors and is usually a conditioned response. Color phobis are often caused by a traumatic experience from the past, usually childhood. The color becomes associated with the trauma but the individual may not remember the event or realize the connection. It could also be culturally related with meanings attached to the color. Conditioning or brain chemistry may also be the cause. While actual clinical phobias to color are rare, colors can elicit hormonal responses and psychological reactions. Reactions include heart palpations, panic, sweating, breathlessness, nausea, shaking, dizziness, and dry mouth. Treatments include behavioral therapy, hypnotherapy, exposure therapy, and psychotherapy.