The color orange, what are its symbolic meanings and associations, and how does it influence us? Plus, if orange is your favorite color, or if you choose to wear or display it, what does that say about your personality?
Also, looking into and including the meaning of orange gemstones, how orange is used in branding and logos, popular idioms or expressions, and listing some interesting facts about the color orange.
Color Orange Meaning & Symbolism
Its associations and meanings come from a combination of red and yellow, associations such as, sun, energy, vacation, warmth, paradise, and tropical locations. Orange gets its physical energy from red, and its fun and playful nature from yellow.
The color orange is an energetic color which gives us both mental and physical energy. It is often used on sportswear and energy drinks due to its connections to physical energy. It’s also linked to health and healthy foods like oranges, carrots, and peppers. It’s also the color of fire, so it’s associated with heat. The color orange has connections to Autumn, the leaves turning orange in fall, and also pumpkins, so it has obvious connections to Halloween. See the orange things in nature page for more.
In Thailand, and some other southeast Asian countries, orange is worn by monks, and is associated with that which is sacred. In Holland, orange is associated with royalty, orange is worn and displayed in celebration of the royal family.
Wearing Orange Meaning
The color orange is definitely not a common color that people wear. If somebody was to wear orange it would probably be done in small amounts, subtlety, perhaps an orange watch or scarf.
Orange is an attractive color, however, too much of it could show a lack of dress sense or taste. Definitely, too much of it would indicate that a person was very inward thinking, unconventional and doesn’t pay much attention to the opinions of others.
Self-expression would probably be very important to them, and to do things their own way. It could also suggest an extroverted personality, not afraid of attention, perhaps an attention-seeking and sociable person.
Personality if Orange is your Favorite Color
You are extroverted and friendly. You like meeting new people and being sociable.
You are a positive thinking person, an optimist, ambitious with high energy levels.
You are at your most comfortable being around other people. Being around others is how you best relax and recharge your batteries.
Your mind is almost always in the present moment, rarely reflecting on the past, and you have a strong eye for the details.
In your pursuit for social status you can sometimes become hurtful and uncaring to others.
Because of your love for being social, you find it difficult to stay loyal and committed to a particular person.
You can sometimes be self indulgent, egotistical with little consideration for the feelings of others.
There is an alternative personality for those who consider the color orange a favorite color. This personality is mostly the complete opposite of the extroverted sociable personality. This personality is introverted and creative, and greatly appreciates art and beauty. This personality is intuitive and inward thinking, often living in their own fantasy land, so not naturally observant. Their personal expression is also more important to them than fitting in. They are not naturally seeking the opinions or the approval of others.
Orange is fun, playful and has positive and uplifting influences on us.
Like red, orange is energetic, however it promotes more of a mental energy and creativity, unlike red which is more physical energy.
The color orange is believed to increase our desires for social interaction, making it an extroverted color.
Because of the need for fun and social interaction, things like loyalty, honesty and integrity are less of a priority, making it a less trust worthy color.
Because of its influences on energy, optimism and fun, it can lead to over confidence or hubris, this can lead to mistakes.
Business & Branding
Many companies use the color orange in their branding and logos. Commonly, orange is used in products that are aimed at children due to the orange color associations with fun, energy, and play. It may also be used simply because of its ability to grab attention.
- Home Depot
- Master Card
Meaning of Orange Gemstones
Orange gemstones are just color variations of more commonly known gemstones. Including the orange diamond, citrine, zircon, sapphire, garnet and what is known as the fire opal.
The meaning of orange gemstones relates to the sacral or belly button chakra. This links to creative self-expression, matters of sexuality, and our emotional states.
- Color orange is often used in safety clothing (high visibility vests), equipment and signs due to its brightness and ability to gain attention.
- Car indicator turning lights and traffic signals.
- Nasa space suits are orange,(international orange) was chosen because it is one of the most visible colors for sea rescues.
In the visible spectrum, it has a wavelength of around 610 nm.
Orange was often used and very popular with Vincent Van Gogh.
Carotene is the orange pigment found in plants and vegetables. It’s why many fruits and vegetables, including carrots are orange.
Color Phrases or Expressions
Apples and Oranges: Used when expressing that two things are very different.
Squeeze an orange: To make the most out of, or to squeeze every little bit out of something.
To go gathering orange blossoms: This phrase means to search for a wife.
Shades of Orange
More shades of orange with HEX and RGB color codes.
Light Orange – Linked to vitality, extroversion, positive emotions, confidence, and high self esteem.
Dark Orange – Associated with hubris/over confidence, pride, and aggression.