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Accent Asian-inspired spaces. Orange is closely associated with Hinduism and Buddhism, and is commonly worn by holy men all over Asia. In Buddhism, orange (or more precisely the saffron used to dye their robes) symbolizes illumination and the highest state of perfection.
Orange certainly makes a perfect choice for Asian-inspired decor.
Host the perfect dinner party. Many Native Americans associate orange with kinship, and consumer research by the Pantone Institute says that red and orange stimulate the appetite.
This would seem to make orange perfect for a sociable dining area. It looks particularly lovely toned down with neutrals. A little orange goes a long way.
Heat up the bedroom. In the tantric and yogic traditions of Hinduism and Buddhism, orange represents the sacral chakra, which supplies energy for enjoyment of life and sexuality, and it's used to balance those areas.
While it's commonly believed to be an energizing color, and maybe not an ideal choice for a bedroom, orange works beautifully here with one of my favorite neutrals — gray. Consider using orange on a single feature wall behind your bed if you are worried it will keep you awake at night.
Create an active home. Eva Heller, author of The Psychology of Color, states that next to red, orange is the color most popular for extroverts, and is a symbol of activity.
Its use in this room feels modern, fun and energetic — great for a lively young family.
Highlight accessories. Orange is the most visible color in dim light and stands out the best against water, hence its use on life rafts and by coast guards. An aircraft's black box is, in fact, orange.
Orange demands to be seen, so it is perfect for highlighting the key elements of a design. This sideboard begs for attention and would be the perfect place to display a much-loved collection of artifacts.
Emphasize orange with blue. Azure blue is directly opposite orange on the color wheel and is its best complementary color. They are opposite in psychological terms too — blue tends to be calming and cool, and orange is energizing and warm.
When using them together, keep in mind that cool colors tend to recede and make a room look larger, while warm colors tend to advance and make a room look smaller.