What colour are you? A focus on Orange

Orange has a vitality, making it a favourite with young children and cheerful, quick witted, talkative, active adults who like the company of others. It is also popular with adults who are suffering from exhaustion, perhaps because it offers the vitality they lack at that time.

Most prevalent in nature, orange implies warmth, fruitfulness, happiness, energy and wealth in all its forms.

A highly visible colour, it is often used in industry to warn of danger.

In China and Japan, orange is used to symbolise happiness and love.

Pink butterflyColour psychologists have argued that as orange can lift our spirits and therefore reduce irritability and hostility, its use in decor could improve our social behaviour, yet it is a colour seldom used.

In the saffron robes of the Buddhist monks, orange is used to represent knowledge and humility.

Orange encourages self-respect of others, assimilation of new ideas and has been said to free the spirit of it’s limitations giving us the freedom to be ourselves.

The colour of Aquarius and the gemstone opal.

Orange has also been claimed to stimulate appetite. If you love have having people round and would like to keep the talking and eating for a longer time then setting an orange theme will achieve this. Restaurants often use pastel shades of orange such as apricot or peach as well as deeper colours such as terracotta as they are much more subtle than red, but this décor will still increase appetite and promote conversation and social interaction.

So be wary of using the colour orange in the kitchen if you are trying to lose weight!

Despite being one of the most rejected and under-used colour of our time, young people respond well to orange – it has a degree of youthful impulsiveness to it.

Orange is the only colour of the spectrum whose name was taken from an object – the orange. Nature finds the colour orange in vivid sunsets, fire, vegetables, flowers, fish, and many citrus fruits.

Orange could be described as the Marmite of colours, it is hot, healthy vibrant, fruity and engaging but it can also be abrasive and crass. It is a polorizing colour – people either love it or hate it.

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