ORANGE IS THE NEW ORANGE
You’d be hard-pressed to find the color orange in my house decor or wardrobe. In a world filled with gorgeous color, it’s my least favorite.
My favorite hue is blue and to get right down to it, royal blue practically sings to me among the color’s various lovely shades.
One day I noticed something interesting. With a color wheel before me, I went to my favorite, royal blue. Can you guess its exact opposite? Orange! I wonder if the same formula is true of other people’s color picks? That their favorite and least favorite colors oppose one another on the color wheel. Check it out for yourself and see.
Next to royal blue, bright purple is my second favorite color, but there’s not a trace of it in my home. Then comes bright red, and I do have touches of that.
My dad was an amateur artist, and his favorite color – the only person I know with this as a fave – was brown. I have to say that I do like brown, and gray too. There isn’t much gray in my house but there is a ton of it in my wardrobe and brown is everywhere in my house and wardrobe.
I’m not much of a pink fan, and I have a complicated relationship with yellow. I love it in flowers and I have two rooms in my home painted yellow. I chose it in the southwest bedroom for the warmth might give on a cold winter’s day, and for how light-filled the room seems at dusk. There was a time when I thought I looked good in yellow. But I saw a photo of myself a year ago wearing it and thought it was about the worst color I could choose to wear.
While I’m not fond of orange, I’ve curiously sought orange things out this past winter in a few ways. I joined Weight Watchers in January and their new program allows “free” fruits and vegetables (within reason). Tangerines have been my saving grace all winter and I’m still waiting to get burned out on them moving through spring. I hope I never do.
And while for the longest time, Twinings Green Tea was my go-to evening beverage (I call it the Official Tea of Sweetland), for a couple of months now I have yearned for the crisp, smooth flavor of Bigelow’s Constant Comment. It’s the orange rind that makes it.
And why was I so drawn to Kelly Finch’s orange-studded wreath that I got for Christmas decorating and it still adorns the window over the kitchen sink, only now with Easter chicks and bunnies beneath it on the ledge?
And I can’t forget Reggie’s favorite toy, an orange rubber fellow.
I’m grateful for the amazing bounty of all of God’s beautiful colors, including the bright, cheery orange in all of its forms. I realize that orange has its own perfect place in this colorful world, and that all colors do their parts and play their roles in His creation.
What’s your favorite color? Your least favorite?
3/25/2017 07:30:44 pm
My favorite colors are blue and purple. My least favorite I guess depends where it is. If it is on me, yes, it would be yellow. Yellow is across the color wheel from purple. In painting my favorite colors are blues, purples, turquoise and shades of orange. So, doesn't work there. Least favorite brown. In my home neutrals and blues with touches of bright colors.
3/26/2017 07:11:20 am
Marilyn, very interesting to hear your artist's perspective. No doubt you see all the subtleties of color and how all colors work together perfectly. Interesting! I think yellow and purple are beautiful together.
4/4/2017 07:28:12 pm
Sparkly navy or sky blue looks great on you too.
3/26/2017 10:11:10 am
As soon as I read this, I had to go make some Constant Comment iced tea.
3/29/2017 06:31:47 am
Okay Lynette. I am so going to try the iced version.
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