Orange Love

Do you have a favourite colour?

I have always struggled with this question. As a child I liked Pink and then for a long time did not have a favourite. This may seem surprising as a lot of people presume my favourite is Pink. And while I do love Pink and I have a lot of Pink stuff there is a colour which has been catching my eye more and more recently.

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If you follow my Instagram (Pinkahirgirlknits) you will have seen my current obsession with Orange. This is not a colour I would have listed amongst my top colours before, but now I find that I need want (The Geek reminds me that it is a want and not a need) All The Orange Stuff.

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We all have colours that we have always liked, but I was wondering why we are drawn to other colours at certain times in our lives.

I started to dig a little into the meaning of colours.
I love this from Empower Yourself with color Psychology

Color orange radiates warmth and happiness, combining the physical energy and stimulation of red with the cheerfulness of yellow.

Orange relates to ‘gut reaction’ or our gut instincts, as opposed to the physical reaction of red or the mental reaction of yellow.

Orange offers emotional strength in difficult times. It helps us to bounce back from disappointments and despair, assisting in recovery from grief.

The color psychology of orange is optimistic and uplifting, rejuvenating our spirit. In fact orange is so optimistic and uplifting that we should all find ways to use it in our everyday life, even if it is just an orange colored pen that we use.

Orange brings spontaneity and a positive outlook on life and is a great color to use during tough economic times, keeping us motivated and helping us to look on the bright side of life.

With its enthusiasm for life, the color orange relates to adventure and risk-taking, inspiring physical confidence, competition and independence. Those inspired by orange are always on the go!

In relation to the meaning of colors, orange is extroverted and uninhibited, often encouraging exhibitionism or, at the very least, showing-off!

The color orange relates to social communication, stimulating two way conversations. A warm and inviting color, it is both physically and mentally stimulating, so it gets people thinking and talking!

At the same time, orange is also stimulating to the appetite. If you love having people around the kitchen table, orange will keep them talking and eating for a long time. Many restaurants use pastel versions of orange, such as apricot or peach or deeper versions such as terracotta, for their décor as they are more subtle than red, yet still increase the appetite and promote conversation and social interaction, which in turn encourages patrons to have a good time and to eat and drink more.

The color orange is obviously the worst color to have in the kitchen if you are trying to lose weight!

Orange aids in the assimilation of new ideas and frees the spirit of its limitations, giving us the freedom to be ourselves. At the same time it encourages self-respect and respect of others.

Orange is probably the most rejected and under-used color of our time. However, young people do respond well to it as it has a degree of youthful impulsiveness to it.

Since reading all of this I am move convinced than ever that I need a lot of Orange in my life at the moment. I think I am going to paint a walk in my living room Orange. I love the idea of it helping the flow of conversation and the warmth it will bring to a room.

Today I was even wearing a fair amount of Orange, see my KAL orange socks are even out and about today. Excuse the 9yr old photography
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I also may or may not have ordered Orange glasses frames yesterday.
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What does your favourite colour say about you?

RedPassion, action, ambition, strength and power
Orange: Communication, ideas, creativity and optimism
Yellow: Hope, cheerfulness, intellect and learning
Green: Growth and renewal, listening, balance and peace
Blue: Trust, peace loyalty, integrity, calm and relaxation (best colour for good night sleep)
Purple: Imagination, introspection, spirituality and fantasy
Pink: Compassion, nurture, love, understanding, brighter pink: energy and passion
Black: self control, independence, secretive, mysterious and unknown
Grey: Neutral, Transition, mediation, calm, composed, solid and maturity
Brown: Down to earth, practical, serious, structure and support

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