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Orange is in this spring

Snuggles out the windowThe color orange is so popular for the spring. A few people have pointed out to me that not everyone can wear orange.  That is very true.  Let’s see what we can do about that.

The hues from red to yellow, including ORANGE, pink, brown and burgundy, are called the warm colors.  In fact, the wavelength of red light is very close to that of infrared radiation, which transmits heat.  Warm colors are bright, splashy, and aggressive like the molten lava flowing from this crater.  More than any other colors, they attract the eye and excite our emotions.  In the workplace, warm colors can heighten motivation and make us work faster, and on books, magazines, and posters, they almost always grab our attention.  Many of you pointed out the JC Penney ad in the paper.  All orange, lots of orange, blinding orange.  Warm colors make a color scheme look brash, cheerful and exuberant.

There are many shades of orange, so many in fact, I think everyone can find a shade that they can wear.  Like a striking color scheme, an exciting color scheme makes use of bright red and strong contrasts; but instead of contrasting red with the other primary colors, yellow and blue, an exciting color scheme uses unusual secondary colors like yellow-orange, pale green, purple and magenta.  In general, warm colors are more exciting than cool colors, and secondary colors are more exciting than primary colors, perhaps because our eyes are so used to seeing primary colors.

As a redhead I was always told not to wear red and certainly not orange.  I finally came to the conclusion that rules were made to be broken.  A redhead certainly can wear brown with a touch of orange.  Other orange combinations included:  orange, royal blue and purple; orange, brown and red; orange and black, orange, red and yellow.

As you might expect, warm color schemes use warm colors like orange, yellow, pink, brown, and burgundy.  They don’t however, use the king of the warm colors—red—which tends to make a color scheme look positively hot. But using warm colors, cool it down and make it do-able for everyone.

So decide on your shade of orange this spring, because you will be lonely if you don’t.

About Sally Cowan (33 Articles)
After Keeping You in Stitches for over 45 years, Sally enjoys her memories of events that happened on her way to retirement. Author of 6 books, lectures, teaching, and TV host on PBS and now has time for her many cats and Snuggles, the dog. She also loves playing trumpet in the Anastasia Baptist Church orchestra.

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