Orange is as stimulating a color as red, but not as demanding on your senses. We think of pumpkins, oranges, fire and fall leaves. Muted shades of orange are very popular to use in fall decorating, but don't be afraid to use it year-round. The brighter version of the hue can perk up any room in your home.
In the Western world, orange is:
In Feng Shui, orange is:
The positive attributes of orange are happiness, concentration and intellect. The negative connotation is rebelliousness. Feng Shui principles say that orange is best used in your living room, dining room and/or hallway. It also says that orange shouldn't be used in small bedrooms because, like red, it can be overpowering to the senses.
Orange is a color of change from fall to winter and demands attention. Copper or darker shades of orange can be easier on the eye and feel less like Halloween. Bright orange is more of a summer or spring color. It is mentally stimulating and using it in your living areas can rev up the energy and get conversations going. Combine orange with cream or use a turquoise blue for contrast.
image from Homes and Gardens magazine
Orange and green are a tropical combination. Pink and orange can be very psychedelic so if you like them together consider using the two colors in their paler versions. Gray and orange look very modern. Paired with browns it can be earthy and warm.
If red is too demanding of your senses, I fully recommend substituting orange!
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