It’s nearly impossible to think of Fall without orange. Orange leaves, pumpkins, squash…it’s like the world turns orange in autumn. The meanings of that golden coral glow are stunning. From cheerful and health-giving to social and motivating, you may want to lay on a bit more of the juicy tangerine hues this season to make the most of this time of year.
Using the Color Orange by Carol M. Olmstead, Feng Shui For Real Life
“I’m not going to write about Halloween,” has been my mantra this month, because everyone else is doing it.
But I decided to relent and write about something that’s near and dear to this holiday–the color orange.
In Feng Shui orange is known as the “social color” because it helps draw people together and encourages conversation, so that means it’s a good thing to add a pop of orange in your home and workplace long after you’ve put away the Halloween decorations and the jack-o-lantern is a shriveled up mess.
In Feng Shui and in color therapy, orange is used to overcome abuse, shock, and depression. People either love or hate orange, and some color therapists believe that If you don’t like orange it’s an indication that you need it for healing. Adding orange, either in modest or dramatic doses, can make you feel energized, creative, and motivated.
Try using a slice of the color orange in your home and office in any of these ways:
- Orange represents the Fire Element, so use it to power up a space located in the Fame, Reputation, or Love area of your home.
- Choose orange, terracotta, or peach paint for a room where you need to bring people together, such as your family room.
- Use orange in combination with other warm colors to encourage collaboration in small offices settings.
- Add some orange to your studio space when your creativity feels blocked.
- Wear orange when you are meeting people for the first time and it will make you seem more approachable, especially if you are in a communications profession.
- Surround yourself with the color orange when you’re recovering from an accident, surgery, or a dental procedure.
- If you’re a family therapist or work with family groups, add orange accents to your office to symbolize joy in relationships.
- Display orange flowers like gladiolus or begonias when you need to boost the energy in any commercial space, especially in a restaurant.
- Toss orange pillows on the sofa or armchair or hang artwork with orange accents to bring energy into a windowless office or dark room.
- Avoid orange in a bedroom or any room where you want to avoid need intense focus and concentration.