Wild and frolic, orange is the jolly colour of happiness. It is creative, active, young and fresh. Orange is the colour of luck and cheerfulness, while in the Far East, it represents enlightenment.

Linh Phuoc Pagoda Da Lat - ReliefLinh Phuoc Pagoda Da Lat - Relief | photo: Frank Fox (cc-by-sa)

The colour of happiness

Orange is the colour of optimism, vitality and a lust for life. The colour orange also stimulates our appetite, that´s why it is recommended in the kitchen or the dining room. Orange is inspiring as well and stimulates sexuality. If we mix orange with some light brown, we get terracotta, which is associated with the Mediterranean area and that very special attitude towards life. Oregano for example may look green, but it smells orange. (Nope, I am not on peyote, that´s my natural condition.)

Red DunesOrange Dunes | photo: (cc-by-sa) Frank Fox

Orange in other cultures

Buddhism considers orange as the colour of enlightenment, that´s why their monks dress in orange. That special dress is called Ti-chivara. Pretty cool I think, for our western holy icons are usually dressed in white, brown or black and look either suffering, submissive or dead stoned.

Orange is also the colour of the Protestants.
That is woven into a quite long story about the fact that orange is the colour of freedom in the Netherlands, the colour of the House of Orange-Nassau, the fact that there is a town called Orange in France, and the fact that the city of Orange used to be a trading town, especially for oranges, which are again southern fruit that got their name from the Persian "nārang" and the French "or" (gold). The name of the colour is derived from the fruit, first appearing in this sense in 1542.

Duck is eating the sunDuck is eating the sun | photo: (cc-by-sa) Frank Fox

Overview: Orange

  • Orange is the frolic colour of happiness
  • It´s named after the fruit orange
  • Orange is composed of yellow and red
  • In southern France, there is a town called Orange
  • Buddhists consider orange as the colour of enlightenment
  • Protestants use orange as their colour
  • In the Netherlands, orange is the colour of freedom
  • In China, orange was the colour of high officials
  • Orange is a signal colour that for example indicated the transport of hazardous goods
  • Orange is body focused, free and stimulating
  • The colour increases our appetite
  • If we could taste the colour orange, it perhaps would taste like Creole food (yummy delicious)

Oh, and by the way: Orange is also the colour of Chaos, symbolised by eight arrows, pointing in different directions.

Colourful World

Grey is the colour of reliability, plain and boring. But also the hidden person behind the scene. Grey is unobtrusive, elegant and can be combined with any other colour.
White is proper, innocent and clean. The white dress stands for innocence and virginity, the white suit for extravagance. White is achromatic, but a mix of all colours in the additive colour scheme.
Black is the colour of the hidden, the unknown, death and sorrow. But it is also powerful and solid, a colour to trust and rely on.
I dare to say that red is the most important colour in the history of mankind. Red is so deeply ingrained in our daily perception, I cannot imagine a world without the colour.
Purple has been the most sought-after colour of the ancient times, but the details are still foggy.
Brown is the colour of trustworthiness, like the fertile soil. It is also simple and uncomplicated. Warm and aromatic, like coffee or fresh brown bread. But also simplicity (negative) and dirty.
The colour rose is female, sensitive, tender and charming. But also young, soft and sometimes naive. On the other hand, there is pink, which is also female, but more aggressive, untamed and independent.