House Painting Brooklyn: Using Colors Part 1, Orange
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When to Use Colors, Part 1: Orange

Many homeowners struggle to accurately and appropriately use color in their homes, and often color choices reflect personal tastes rather than an integrated design. By knowing what emotions certain colors evoke on a psychological level, which colors “grow” or “shrink” a room, and generally what works best in certain spaces, you can greatly increase your ability to choose a color that looks and feels right.


Orange is an unfortunately misunderstood, and, in our humble opinion, often underused. As a color, orange is linked to sparking creativity, and is considered to be a color of conflict. Many schools are suggesting orange be incorporated into classrooms in subtle ways, and standardized test students are encouraged to wear orange clothing, as it is believed that even looking at the color passively increases memory, energy, and critical thinking abilities. However, orange has its flaws; it isn’t widely underused without reason, which is probably best attributed to its polarizing, energizing nature.

Best Practices

We like orange as an accent color, and it should probably only ever be used as such. While using a neutral shade of orange can allow for a room-wide application, remember that “whiting out” the color greatly diminishes its mind-boosting benefits. Instead, consider using orange on a small, flat wall that will not be a focal point; ideally, orange should be used in family rooms, rec rooms, or specified workout or study areas. You don’t want orange behind your television, on your kitchen walls, or anywhere near your bedroom, or you may find your family restless, overstimulated, and unable to relax.

Brooklyn’s House Painting Experts

Whenever you consider painting your house, give our pros a call. We have the expertise to offer suggestions or fulfill your wildest ideas, even if that means a few orange walls. Get in touch with us today for an appointment, and be sure to check out or next blog in the series as we discuss another polarizing color: Red.

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