As promised, I am beginning my “great shades of… wall paint” classic color series.
a little preamble…
I had this problem when I was a student. If the teacher gave out a choice of one out of three extra credit options, I did all three. Just in case. Just in case of what, I have no idea, but that’s how God made me. And now that I’ve spent two days on this post, I realize that I really, really need to break it up into two posts. [which I did] I don’t know if I’ll be doing this with every color, but at least for the first one [after white], it’s appropriate.
And what’s funny, is that in honor of the autumn season which is ending in couple of days. haha, I’m going to write yet again about ORANGE— and it’s derivatives. And then, I will put it to rest for a while! Isn’t it interesting how words like coral, apricot, persimmon, saffron, sound so much better than the banal – orange?
As in the post about the 20 best whites, I am going to choose the “20 best” in each category.
Are there other great colors in these categories? Sure. But the point is to make your life easier, not fraught with more stress-inducing confusion.
In each color category will be many, many variations from light to dark, from muted to bright of that general hue. While these are all great colors, they may not be so great for you and your tastes and/or situation. Therefore, it is important to remember, that the point of this exercise is to narrow down the field from say 500 or so of any particular color family to only 20 or so.
We will explore these colors in terms of how they make us feel and consider our preconceived notions based on our early childhood associations for better or worse.
In the case of orange, I have already discussed a couple of times here my early associations of that hideously embarrassingly bad decade of really, really bad design all the way around— the 70’s.
The 70’s did more harm for great colors like green, gold and orange than I care to think about it. To make it all even worse, isn’t orange the color we associate with fast food and some more down market logos like Home Depot and orange flavored soda. That chewy sour orange candy. And orange popsicles?
I’ll never forget the time we took a family trip down to Miami Beach Florida in the early 60’s from southern Indiana when I was a wee thing. A sickly child, I had acute tonsillitis and puked my guts out the entire way down there. (sorry if that’s TMI) My father was a shoe salesman and there were always some shoe boxes lying around to collect the vomitus. We stopped at a Ho Jo’s only I had to hang out in the motel room ’cause I was sick. I think that they did feed me— eventually. :]
Oranges. I could be super pretentious and say the eponymous fruit. Not quite as healthy as the fried clams, however, they are good for our necessary vitamin C.
Things are now on the upswing. Although… hmmm… I think that those are actually tangerines. Oh well.
Orange, which if you don’t already know is a combination of red and yellow. It stimulates are minds and appetites [for more fried clams.] It creates energy. The good kind of energy.
or like this vintage electric juicer.
The softer paler tones are more serene and calming.
However, the word peach has become dated. Nectarine is better. No fuzz, I guess.
And did you know that orange is actually the most classic color? Classic, elegant, worthy of kings and queens?
Oh, you don’t believe me? Well, I didn’t believe me either until I started uhhh… digging for answers.
We humanoids absolutely love our orange and apparently always have.
From the ancient caves of Lascaux
to the Pompeian ruins
Hell, even the water is orange!
Botticelli‘s The Annunciation.
Even our Angels and Virgin mother are grandly draped in orange.
Did you ever realize this?
Apparently, heaven is also orange.
The orange silk damask that lines the walls of the Palace de Chambord
A French Ormolu Marquetry chest against orange on orange.From the very orange and fabulously decorated home of Maureen Footer
One of the most opulent estates in the world—Castello Della Costa Doro
An Italian village? no. Spain? Nope. Get ready for a shocker. These are the historical buildings at Stortorget Square in Stockholm!
Gustavian Orange? Doesn’t sound quite right now, does it? But, there it is! Well, my ignorance.
These colors were very common in the 17th and 18th centuries.
The most classic, enduring and elegant color of them all. The color of queens and emperors
I guess Home Depot knows what they are doing.