The Colour Orange
Colour orange: joy, liveliness, affirmation of life, exuberance, …
The colour orange: Orange is known as a source of strength after physical or mental exhaustion. It represents vital strength and activity. The warmth of this colour inevitably lifts the mood: Orange is the colour of joy, of fun, of sociability. It emphasises security, cosiness and emotional warmth. Pessimism, depression and lack of drive are positively influenced in an amazing way. Orange loosens and activates everyone who is frozen in the grey habits of everyday life. Because of its comprehensive stimulating effect, the colour orange is also used in colour therapy to strengthen the immune system and to activate the body’s own defences. (Source: www.innovative-eyewear.de)
Orange belongs like red and yellow, to the warm colours. It symbolises optimism and joie de vivre and has a constructive, strengthening, positive and health-promoting effect in every way. It challenges us to live the moment and let something “flow”. The appetite is stimulated and digestion is stimulated. On the soul-spiritual level, orange promotes confidence and the desire to live. The senses can unfold, open-mindedness and cohesion are established. Orange helps to accept and live the need for pleasure and sensuality. Orange is the colour of children and all those who feel youthful and vital. Bright orange means happiness, creativity.
Orange as a colour, is found in European paintings of the Middle Ages, neither as a symbolic colour nor as a colour of clothes. Different in Asia, in Buddhism orange is the colour of the highest level of human enlightenment. Accordingly, the robes of Buddhist monks are orange.
Especially in India, the colour orange has an exceptionally high value. The reason for this is the colour of the skin of Indian people. While in the white-skinned cultures the colour white is idealised, although the skin colour is by no means a brilliant white, the Indian people idealise their skin colour in saffron yellow. In addition, one should also know that the typical Indian orange tones are called yellow tones in our culture.
Positive associations with the colour orange:
the funny, the pleasure, the sociability, the enjoyment, the energy, the activity, the warmth, the fashionable, the change
Negative associations with the colour orange:
the cheap, the pushy, the boasting, the loud
Orange in culture and religion
- Orange represents Protestantism in Ireland.
- The Dalai Lama and other enlightened Buddhists, show themselves in orange. In Buddhism orange is the colour of the highest level of human enlightenment.
- The official dignitaries of China, also wear orange.
- In the Netherlands, orange is considered the colour of freedom.
Orange is the colour of the Caribbean, samba and joyful open encounter.