5 Interesting facts about the colour orange

My suspicion is that you're now reading this article out of curiosity at the very least because after all - what's so special about orange that it warrants it's own article?

According to Wikipedia

Etymology. In English, the colour orange is named after the appearance of the ripe orange fruit. The word comes from the Old French: orange, from the old term for the fruit, pomme d'orange.

Dear reader, allow me to Enlighten you!

5 Interesting Facts About The Colour Orange

Aside from being the fundamental accent colour of the renowned Exmouth Running Club there's more to the colour orange than you might think or at least never really bothered to think so while you are here let's dive right in to the TOP 5 ORANGE FACTS!

  1. The artist Vincent Van Gogh used a lot of orange in his paintings, mixing yellow and red to create unique shades.
  2. Orange is the colour of safety equipment and prison jumpsuits because it’s highly visible. That's fantastic news as the weather turns darker and as runners we want to be seen right!
  3. The orange colour in fruits and vegetables comes from carotene. Carotene helps with night vision so here we are again at point 2 - running in the dark - very handy!
  4. The shade of orange on the Golden Gate Bridge is “international orange", which protects against rust from the ocean’s salt and moisture from the region’s fog. Might also protect runners from rusting but that's not really been proven.
  5. It's the fabulous colour of the Exmouth Running Club!

A bit of history

The orange color was used in art in ancient cultures. Ancient Egyptians used the realgar mineral to create orange paint for their tombs, and orpiment was used in illuminated manuscripts during the Medieval period. The orpiment mineral was used to make orange pigment and was a popular trade item in Ancient Rome and a type of medicine in China.

The name “orange” was given to the colour in the 16th century - it was called “saffron” or “yellow-red” previously. When Portuguese merchants brought orange trees to Europe from Asia in the late 15th and early 16th centuries, the citrus fruit’s name was adopted for the general colour.

The Meaning of the Colour Orange

Some cultures regard orange as a sacred colour (Like us at Exmouth Running Club) because it balances red’s power and yellow’s perfection. 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. Orange is the colour of transformation in Confucianism.

Orange is also a symbol of royalty. The royal family in the Netherlands used to hold the principality of Orange as the House of Orange-Nassau, so orange is the country’s national colour.

The Psychology of the Colour Orange

Orange creates feelings of freshness, excitement and warmth. It’s connected to nature and changing seasons. Because orange has high energy and increases competitiveness, many sports teams choose orange for their branding. Orange also warns of danger and is used on safety equipment.

Measuring the Colour Orange

On the visible light spectrum, orange is between red and yellow with a dominant wavelength between 585 and 620 nanometers. A spectrophotometer can measure orange by separating light beams into their component wavelengths. It gathers numerical data about colour spaces and creates a spectral reflectance graph for the colour. The quality of the orange colour indicates the quality of the product.

Fancy some orange in your life?

Take a look at our running shop for some fantastic pieces of orange!

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