Orange is one of those “love it or hate it” colors. No one seems to be neutral when it comes to this vibrant and energetic hue. Ranging from woodsy, muted Terracotta to a flamboyant Fluorescent Orange, orange hues are all warm colors.
Other colors may have warm and cool versions, but orange is the only hue that never has cool undertones. Although you can certainly make your own oranges with various shades of yellows and reds, there’s a number of pre-made tubes of orange that are fun additions to your tabouret.
Cadmium Orange is considered the first true commercial orange and is highly opaque with a strong covering power. Although not recommended for outdoor murals, it does have good lightfastness.
Today’s Cadmium hues contain less cadmium than prior generations of cadmium-based paints, as it is a known carcinogen. However, care should be taken when using this or any other Cadmium color. It is harmful when ingested and highly toxic if inhaled.
Cadmium Orange is sometimes called Cadmium Red Light.
Despite the name, Diarylide Yellow is a lovely, medium-toned orange that blends to a rich golden yellow when diluted. It has moderate staining ability, a good tinting quality and is semi-opaque. This paint has good lightfast and permanence qualities, although there seems to be dissension that it is a fugitive color.
There is no toxicity associated with the color and it is also known as Benzidine Yellow or Diazo Yellow.
This non-organic paint is brilliant in color and very intense. The transparent nature of this color makes it good for glazing. However, the paint is not lightfast, so it’s not a good candidate for your permanent work. In spite of this, Fluorescent Orange is great for fun projects and short-term usage.
Indian Orange Yellow Extra
This organic orange is made from two organic compounds, Coral Red and Disazo Condenstion Yellow. A bright and sunny hue, it has medium opacity with a high tinting strength and an excellent lightfast quality.
Use this vibrant shade when you want to add a bold burst of color accent.
Inolinone Orange is also known as Permanent Orange and is an organic pigment. Patented in 1946, this strong, rich orange was widely used for commercial applications by 1960. This opaque hue has good lightfastness and a high tinting strength. It does not have any toxic qualities or known irritants.
Another bright, bold orange hue, its opacity makes it perfect for highlights and under painting.
Pyrrole Orange is a heavily staining, semi-transparent paint that is highly saturated and lightfast. This moderately dark orange can be used for glazing and is widely used in floral and landscape scenes.
Although it is not toxic, this pigment has been shown as an irritant to skin and lungs. This hue is also known as Irgazin Orange and Bright Orange.
This organic compound is a clean, strong orange that is durable for use in commercial application and has excellent lightfastness. It has no known toxicity and is a staining, semi-opaque paint that is very intense in coloration.
It’s also known as MaimeriBlu Orange Lake and Perinone Orange.