the Color Orange-Sonoma Style

the Color Orange-Sonoma Style

Orange-a combo of Red & Yellow-is one of my favorite colors, and that’s saying a lot for a color lover like me. I love orange because it is the color of joy and enthusiasm. It is vibrant and extroverted in feel. From nature, to the runways, and always in our homes, orange is just plain fun.

Orange Autumn

There is also something about the saturated, bold color of orange that screams warm weather to me. Perhaps because it’s such a hot hue itself. A close relative of red, it often sparks more controversy than any other hue. There is usually strong positive or negative, love or hate, association with orange.

Sometimes used as just as an accessory to pop the colors in a room…   

room by Domicileid via Houzz

And sometimes as the main color in a room…

Room by Lorraine G. Vale via Houzz

Orange affects us mentally and physically:
  • It is stimulating, a little like red
  • Stimulates appetite and activity
  • Encourages socialization and creativity
  • It is warm, energizing and flamboyant
  • It is the color of the second chakra
  • It is sexy, spiritual and emotional in nature.
  • It is bold, dramatic and very bright

A shade of the touted color of the year, honeysuckle, I particularly love orange together with it’s complimentary color blue. From navy to turquoise and all shades in between, it is the perfect mix. When used in combination in home decor, it makes each color look brighter and more intense.

via Inspire Inspire blog

Lately I’ve been seeing orange with its split complimentary colors, either purple or green and am finding that fresh and interesting.

via Tobi Fairley

And, believe it or not, mixed with grey or black without looking like it’s Halloween!

Room by Cristi Holcombe via Houzz

From an aromatherapy point of view, Orange Peel has a very strong scent, and is very refreshing, and cooling. It is a great scent for Spring-Fall, and into winter when mixed with cloves. It’s aromatherapy benefits are that it is cheering, refreshing, uplifting, cleansing.

Oranges, great as a natural room aromatherapy

Orange is also the color of the Sacral Chakra and when healthy, allows a person to “go with the flow” of life.  People who resonate with orange are able to express themselves through art, music or other creative outlet, using their unique abilities in a positive and constructive way to thrive in life.

Which Hue of Orange Is Your Favorite?

  1. The Bright Orange of a Pumpkin
  2. An Earthy Orange Like a Clay Pot
  3. A Juicy Orange Like a Peach
  4. Look Out Road Construction Ahead Neon Orange
  5. Pale Fleshy Orange

“Orange is the happiest color.” — Frank Sinatra

Let me know which is your favorite by leaving a comment below. Do you or would you decorate with orange? For more ideas, check out the video below…Enjoy!




  1. Aliza 5 years ago

    All the photos are great,they were all amazing,especially the orange autumn,it really captured my heart,it’s very lovely..Well my favorite color are black and violet..I just love it..Great post.

  2. Leslie Genchi 5 years ago

    I love the photo that is also shown above with the orange couch and baby blue/ turquoise vases. It is very intriguing and feels welcoming. These colors definitely work beautifully together.

  3. gommi 5 years ago

    The photos are all nice. I love it. The colors catches my eyes quickly,it is very attractive huh.Thanks for sharing

  4. Kate Smith 5 years ago

    So many oranges and I love them all but I think the earth based ones are my fave.

  5. I know that this post is about orange but I am in love with that green painting!

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