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Okay all you naysayers… listen up. Give orange a chance. And not just because it’s October. Forget pumpkin orange (although, I rather like pumpkin orange). Try these oranges on for size and read on to find out what this hue can do for you.

Color Inspiration
BM126 Pumpkin Spice, RAL2011 Deep Orange, SW6886 Invigorate, Behr250B-7 Crushed Orange

Orange is the color of creative energy. It lifts the spirits and stimulates touch, taste, and smell. Closely related to red, orange sparks more controversy than any other hue. There is usually a strong or negative association to the color orange—most people either love it or hate it. But… orange is fun and flamboyant, it radiates warmth and energy. Orange can be both warm and comforting, but it’s also an active color so be careful of the shade you choose.

While orange and black are traditional Halloween colors, orange really pops with a medium blue (a classic complementary color scheme). Red, yellow, and orange in the same space can be a fiery combination. In more tamer shades, orange looks fresh just about anywhere you place it. Go tropical and pair it with green, but be careful if you want to mix orange and pink, you mind end up with a room reminiscent of a 60s psychedelic look. Try a dash of orange with deep purple or a dash of purple with a bit of orange tempered by lots of mellow yellow or white for an eye-catching look that’s not overpowering.

Colors make us feel. Orange…

  • Stimulates activity
  • Stimulates appetite and emotions
  • Encourages socialization
  • Makes you feel bolder
  • Allows you to gain clarity and let go of unexpected expectation

Don’t forget to check out all of my color posts and look for even more orange shades to inspire you.

Kim Merritt – http://beautifullivingstyle.blogspot.com/

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