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In Celebration of the Color Orange
Tue Oct 01 2013 |
People either love or hate the color orange. It's the color we associate with Halloween because it can get you in the mood for fun. Surrounding yourself with the color orange can make you feel energized, creative, and motivated, even if you don't really like the color.
But on the serious side, in both Feng Shui and in color therapy, the uplifting color orange is used to overcome abuse, shock, depression, and codependency. Some color therapists believe that If you don't like orange, it’s an indication that you need it for healing.
One vibrant example of the boldness of orange was the project call “The Gates,” where artists Cristo and Jeanne-Claude weaved miles of orange fabric gates throughout New York’s Central Park. The gates were an especially expressive demonstration of how powerful the color orange can be. You may not need to produce such drama with your use of the color orange, but you can add the color to your home and workplace in both dramatic and modest ways. Here are just a few Feng Shui ways to use orange:
Orange represents the Feng Shui Fire Element, so use it to power up a space located in the Fame, Reputation, or Love area of your home. Click here to download a bagua from the Basics section of my website www.FengShuiForRealLife.com to find these areas in your home.
Choose orange, terracotta, or peach paint for a room where you need to bring people together, like your family room.
Orange in combination with other warm desert colors can stimulate collaboration in small offices.
Add some orange to your studio space when your creativity feels blocked.
Wear orange when you are meeting people for the first time and it will make you seem more approachable, especially if you're in a communications profession.
Surround yourself with the color orange if you are recovering from an accident, surgery, or a dental procedure.
If you are a family therapist or work with family groups, add orange accents to your office to symbolize joy in relationships.
Display orange flowers like gladiolus or begonias when you need to boost the energy in any commercial space.
Orange stimulates hunger, so use accordingly in your kitchen.
Throw orange pillows on the sofa or armchair, or hang artwork with orange accents to bring energy into a windowless office or dark room.
Avoid orange in a bedroom or any room where you want to avoid need intense focus and concentration.
What about you? Do you love or hate the color orange?