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The Symbolism Of Sun Orange: Color Swatches For The Soul

Written by Michaela MacBlake Matthews

Welcome back to another edition of Color Swatches For The Soul, where we are taking a closer look at the symbolism of shades, and how to set the mood for your craft projects, fashion, and lifestyle with color psychology! Today we’re looking at Sun Orange.

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The Orange Family

The color orange represents self confidence and the immune system, as it is the color of the resilient vitamin c! As a mix of the ambitious, passionate red and the joyful, sunny yellow, orange symbolizes standing up for your happiness and taking actions to lead you toward it, as well as focusing on the active parts of your life that bring you joy! Orange focuses on the self primarily, because we cannot make others happy. For this reason, in excess it can become egotistical or obnoxious.

How Sun Orange Sets The Mood

Sun Orange is a power-color, moving quickly and exuding joy in passionate bursts of energy! This shade of orange is intense, and acts as a sprinting color. It runs full force toward self gratification, productivity, and physical or emotional gains! Be careful, though, as too much of this color does run the risk of post-race fatigue!

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How To Use Sun Orange In Your Craft Projects

Sun Orange works best in small, balanced doses. It is an energizing pop of color for small items like keychains, bracelets, mugs, centerpieces, and accent decor! In larger projects, this orange can be used well in a polka dot pattern, an ombre gradient, or a color block pattern to keep it from overtaking the adrenal system!

When you’re planning a craft project for a homemade gift, Sun Orange is a very encouraging color to use. A Sun Orange mug makes for a good go-get-em morning routine at the office, while an orange baby shower gift for mom says ‘you’ve got this’. While orange isn’t the most traditional romance color, it can also be great for an anniversary gift, especially when mixed with an outing. In this context, the sprinting Sun Orange says, ‘let’s get away, and have a fantastic time, then get back to our day-to-day afterwards.’

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Color Palettes For Sun Orange

Because orange is so self-assured, it can easily bicker and clash with other colors. Some classic pairings for a bold shade like Sun Orange are chestnut browns and maroons, minty greens and turquoise, peaches and tans, marigold yellow, and of course, the classic creamsicle ivory combo!

Design is everything with oranges, which often prefer to be next to other colors, or clustered within them. Because orange has a ‘look at me!’ attitude, detail patterns on an orange background can feel a little funky, as the orange fights the pattern for your attention. There is an exception to every rule, though! Lighter oranges don’t usually mind sharing the spotlight, and make for lovely lace patterns. Meanwhile, very dark colors like black and midnight purple can also get along, because the darks naturally recede into the background and let orange do its thing!

Use Sun Orange when you need a pick-me-up kick and a quick sprint of energy!

If you can feel it, there’s a color for it!

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Meet the Author

Close up of the author, Michaela Matthews wearing red lipstick and a poofy red scarf with white flower arrangement in background.

"Mac" is on the Lifestyle Team here at Darn Good Yarn, and loves taking a ‘teach a man to fish’ approach to creative therapy. She is certified in neuro-linguistic programming, and is also the surreal artist and author behind Surrealismac.