The Meaning of Colors: ORANGE

As I continue my research, we journey on to the next color of the rainbow: orange.

A blend of red and yellow, orange is believed to harness the power of both making it energizing yet cheerful. It is sometimes deemed abrasive but is considered less aggressive than red.

Orange energizes the mind, similar to affect of citrus and is associated with vitality, warmth, good health and harvests.

Orange has high visibility making it a prime cautionary color.

Orange is intrinsically tied to it’s namesake fruit (and is the only spectrum color named for an object) but its varying shades are largely also named for foods i.e. persimmon, pumpkin, melon, mango, peach and salmon.

Nothing rhymes with orange.

“Orange is like a man, convinced of his own powers. […] [It] is red brought nearer to humanity by yellow” — Wassily Kandinsky, Concerning the Spiritual in Art (1914)


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