The colour of the month
The color orange is all about general wellbeing, emotional energy, and helping one to recover or get through disappointments.
The color orange has a very interesting history. Though it has been used since the times of Ancient Egypt, it did not get the official name of orange until the 16th century, after the orange fruit had been introduced to Europe through trade with the Chinese. Before the 16th century, orange was simply known as yellow-red.
Where did the color orange come from? The ancient Egyptians and some medieval artists used a mineral called realgar, that occurs in monoclinic crystals, to create the color orange. Another source for creating the color orange was from a mineral called Orpiment. Orpiment was of particular interest to alchemist of the time because it was thought that orpiment contained a clue to creating gold. Orpiment was also used by the Chinese for medical purposes, although it was known to contain high levels of arsenic. In the 18th century, scientist Louis Vauquelin discovered the mineral crocoite which eventually led to the successful creation of a synthetic orange. The synthetic orange plus the invention of metal tubes allowed painters to start being able to paint with orange outdoors.
What was the color orange used for? The color orange was first used in tomb paintings by the ancient Egyptians and later used to color manuscripts by medieval artists. In the 16th and 17th century, the color orange took on significance in politics and religion. In the 16th century, orange was the official color of Protestantism and was a symbol of political importance in Britain under William the III. Beginning in the 18th century, the art world took a shine to the color orange specifically the Impressionist and post-Impressionists. Monet used the color orange to act as a focal point in his works such as painting a small orange sun, while van Gogh viewed orange as pure sunshine and used it everywhere. In fact, van Gogh loved the color orange so much that he started mixing his own orange combinations for his pieces.
What is the psychology of the color orange? The color orange is all about general wellbeing, emotional energy, and helping one to recover or get through disappointments. Studies conducted on color show that the color orange can increase a person's appetite, stimulate a person's mental activities, aid in decision making, provide a sense of heat or warmth and gain attention.
The color orange means different things to different people especially when you add in the different tones and hues. The more vibrant colors of orange are mostly associated with energy, warmth, creativity, happiness and encouragement. Lighter tones such as the color peach appear are more friendly, conversational, sweet and soothing. Darker tones of orange appear to be distrustful or prideful and confident. So, what does the color orange mean to you?
The Secret Language of Color by Joann Eckstut and Arielle Eckstut