Coloring the World Orange

Coloring the World Orange

             Some cultures regard Orange as a sacred color because it balances red’s power and yellow’s perfection.


Orange elicits strong, positive feelings of excitement while also signaling against danger. It’s atmosphere of freshness and warmth is connected to nature and changing seasons.


Monks and holy men in some Asian religions, like Buddhism, wear orange robes because that dye has been readily available historically. Buddhists also connect orange to the highest state of illumination. 

  Color influences our entire lives- whether it be the burning colors of the setting sun, the flash of someone’s eyes, or the ambience of a mood-lit room, we are affected by color and its powerful presence


Aristotle developed the first known theory of color believing it was sent by God from heaven through celestial rays of light. He suggested that all colors came from white and black (lightness and darkness) and related them to the four elements – water, air, earth, and fire. Aristotle’s beliefs on color were widely held for over 2000 years until being replaced by those of Newton. In the 1660s, English physicist and mathematician Isaac Newton began a series of experiments with sunlight and prisms. He demonstrated that clear white light was composed of seven visible colors.


The visible spectrum is the narrow portion within the electromagnetic spectrum that can be seen by the human eye. Other forms of electromagnetic radiation, waves of energy, that we cannot see include radio, gamma and microwaves. The cells in our eyes called cones are sensitive to the wavelengths found in the visible spectrum. They allow us to see the all the colors of the rainbow. In particular, black surfaces absorb all light, while white surfaces reflect all light.