Written by Michaela MacBlake Matthews
Welcome back to another edition ofColor 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 Sunset Orange.
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 Sunset Orange Sets The Mood
Sunset Orange is a red-heavy shade of orange, taking on the heat of the summer sun! This color is proud, passionate, and full of active energy, all while having a fantastic time out and about. This shade of orange brings sunshine into nightlife, and mystery into the daytime. Of course though, as its name suggests, it is very much at home right when the sun sets.
How To Use Sunset Orange In Your Craft Projects
Sunset Orange is a color best used for outings, so it makes a great base color for hand knitted and crocheted outerwear, like shawls and cardigans. It is a natural-born showstopper, like many of the red heavy hues, and is best used in patterns with a little bit of extra pizazz.
Handmade gifts made with Sunset Orange are fantastic for your most outgoing, fearless friends and family members! It can also add just a dash of ‘go get ’em’ to everyday life when used as a travel mug or cozy, for those among us who are fearless on the inside, but a bit quieter about it during the busy hours.
Color Palettes For Sunset Orange
This shade of orange naturally pairs well with all sunset colors: reds, yellows, oranges, pinks, and even a touch of purple! It clashes with green when the two are left alone, but can be worked into a more complex party-jungle style palette with blues and yellows to help even the playing field.
Orange is a competitive color, especially when its heavy on the red, so it works best in small doses with a group of colors, rather than facing direct competition with one or two other hues. For a duochromatic color scheme, yellow tends to work best with this shade of orange, because yellow is a very passive color, and knows how to share the spotlight with orange.
All in all, this bold summer color is sure to add some daring and fun energy to your season! Use Sunset Orange when you want to go all out, soak up the sun, and dance like nobody is watching.
If you can feel it, there’s a color for it!
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"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.