The month of February came and went, even with the extra day of the leap year, I just couldn't squeeze the monthly colour palette in. On my defence, I have to say that it was an intense month work-wise, compounded with health issues, it was a tense month! But I am happy to report that thanks to various energy receiving treatments, I feel better now and can see the world in colours again! It is funny how when down and out, my creativity juice dried up and found myself feeling a need for the colour orange. I desperately needed some sun and found myself wanting to wear orange (I own a pair of orange socks but struggled to find other orange clothing...). I transported my work to the sunniest corner of the house whenever the sun was out. So for this month, I wanted to create a colour palette around orange, the healing orange.
Orange is associated with the sacral chakra, roughly where your digestion happens in your body. It is no surprise that orange is also associated with food in colour psychology, so splashes of this colour in dining rooms and kitchens should help with the enjoyment of food. We can easily imagine the warm rays of the sun, the earth and all that is expansive and energy boosting within this colour. It is associated with a lot of other emotions - happiness, rich, extrovert, animated, optimistic. It is a super colour, and one that will grow on you if you haven't already experimented with it.
If your fate is like mine and you live in the northern hemisphere, all the warm colours (red, yellow, orange) need to be used in the right doses. I would go as far as to say that in countries away from the sunny belt, a tiny tinge of grey in them make the those colours blend in better. At the beginning of my decoration career, I was obsessed with Feng Shui and tried to respect its guidelines as best as possible. So I painted my office in an imperial yellow from Farrow and Ball, called Babouche. Beautiful colour. The office is east facing, so I took care to choose a yellow with less green and more red. Six months later, I repainted the office. It was too much, a lesson that warm colours can be like fire.
I add warm colours as accent colours in all the palettes I work. If you are a novice to colours, do use them in small quantities for much energy and balance in a room. If you are comfortable with colours, use orange as a bold statement. I would not use saturated red or yellow in large surfaces (ahem, lesson learned hard way), but orange is different. Being the offspring of red and yellow, it offers a balance between bold energizing and elegant warm.
ARE YOU THINKING OF DECORATING YOUR BEDROOM?
Make room Red and Pink for Orange! Orange can be romantic too in a bedroom! It is an earth colour so combining it with a putty tone, we keep them grounded and they support each other. Add a touch of coolness with aqua tone for soothing and relaxing feel. And voila, you have a well balanced palette that is elegant and refreshing, a true ying and yang combination.
ARE YOU THINKING OF DECORATING YOUR LIVING ROOM?
We meet, we chat, we play and we do many other activities in a living room. An austere or beige room simply couldn't be conducive to stimulation and encouraging interaction. It is my favourite room to decorate because in order to create good vibes and happy memories, we need colour. There is no life without colour.
A living room using orange could be powerful and in the next palette, the energy is palpable. Using the putty colour to tone down the 'fiery' side of orange, I added pinks and purples as good company. Accents of green are always fresh and balancing in a room.
It is a lovely warm colour, one we should use more in our interiors. I once suggested to a friend to paint the back of her main entrance door in bright orange. Every time I go to hers, I can feel the energy as I notice the colour going in and out of the house. Colour does affect us. It is time we paid more attention to our surroundings!