Ever since my decision to paint the front door of our then new hotel, Hotel TerraVina orange, people have asked me why? Many have gone on to continue to ponder once they step inside and are greeted with a myriad of other areas of zingy orange colour, which actually extends throughout the hotel, not content was I to merely leave it at the front door; so why indeed such a colour choice?
Well, let me explain…
Quite simply, orange is my all time favourite colour- any hue will do, but my extra special favourite is the colour I chose for the hotel’s front door, very bright, zingy, (I love that word too) orange. For the benefit of this blog, when I take time to properly analyze why orange has always been a colour I have identified with I found some interesting facts which I will share with you later in the blog.
However, in simple terms, I was born in November, which is a month full of glorious orange hues, so perhaps it is to do with the fact I was an Autumn baby, (Autumn is my favourite season too), but throughout my life orange has played a vital part: My wedding dress was orange (before you all grimace in horror, it was a very pale version of orange, but orange nonetheless), my wedding flowers were bright orange (well ok, with a splash of purple and lime green, but predominantly, orange). My son’s pram was orange, (with a touch of turquoise), his playroom is painted orange (he won’t thank me for writing playroom, as now he is nearly a teenager I suspect he prefers the term “den”). My past kitchen was bright orange and my current one has orange in it. My bathroom is bright orange- it wakes me up in the morning and my OBE outfit was orange….. I have four orange hats, all a different shade and at the last count 8 pairs of shoes all completely orange or with orange in the pattern…… you see I am obsessed with orange.
I choose orange for the TerraVina logo, for the front door, for a number of accessories around the hotel and if I could, I would paint Gerard orange to blend in, or at least make him wear orange clothes- I have tried but he vehemently refuses to!
So actually having noted down the fact that I obviously love orange, I too am asking why…..
According to various different authorities on colour and their meaning, here are a few of the facts about orange
Orange combines the energy of red and the happiness of yellow. It is associated with joy, sunshine, and the tropics. Orange represents enthusiasm, fascination, happiness, creativity, determination, attraction, success, encouragement, and stimulation.
To the human eye, orange is a very hot color, so it gives the sensation of heat. Nevertheless, orange is not as aggressive as red. Orange increases oxygen supply to the brain, produces an invigorating effect, and stimulates mental activity. It is highly accepted among young people. As a citrus color, orange is associated with healthy food and stimulates appetite. Orange is the color of fall and harvest. In heraldry, orange is symbolic of strength and endurance.
Orange has very high visibility, so it can be used to catch attention and highlight the most important elements of a design.
Apparently, orange means you are independent and ambitious. Everyone wants you to be their friend because of your warm personality. You’re a tough competitor and you’re always ready to tackle a challenge…… well whoever knew so much could be read into a colour choice, but actually now I have learnt even more about the colour orange, I love it even more….especially the bit about being popular and having a warm personality…. I’d like to think that’s got my name on! And in terms of being a tough competitor and ready to tackle a challenge, well that’s not detrimental to a business either….. Thus all in all, love it or loathe it (and we do have people who tell me they hate my colour choice), orange is very much here to stay and will remain synonymous with Hotel TerraVina for many years to come.
I’m just going to paint a few walls orange!!
A footnote for this week’s blog……..
I have had many people e mail me and ask for my opinion on the TV show that aired on Monday evening… Attack of the Trip Advisors, on Channel 4. I must confess that I missed its initial airing and its second showing too, as I was dining with a travel journalist and a London hotelier . We were all keen not to miss it and we hurried our meals in order to be ready for the 10pm showing slot, but I didn’t manage to get home until past 11pm, so I have only just caught up with the show, a day late via Channel 4OD….. my blood pressure has certainly risen from watching it and I was tempted to hurl something at the screen on a number of occasions so frustrated was I…
I am not going to say anymore until I have calmed down, watched it a few more times and then I will certainly write a follow up blog for next week about what I think is one of the most interesting and topical TV shows for a long while that has focused on the hospitality business and those who are involved in running hotel, restaurants and B&B’s
Till next week