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The Great Pumpkin Debate

This time of year, pumpkins are everywhere! Fall is in the air and the best way to capture it is by bringing a pumpkin home! Whether it’s interior décor, brightening your front porch or scaring the neighbor’s kids with a carved jack-o-lantern—pumpkins are an essential part of the season! But the question still remains, which color pumpkin is best? What color pumpkin are you decorating with this fall? Crisp, clean white? Consistent and classic orange? Or Organic and Original green? The color you choose could say a lot about your design aesthetic this season!

White Pumpkins

What white means: White is for minimalism and simplicity.

If you know your science, then you’ll know that white light actually contains all the colors of the rainbow—but to the naked eye at least, white is the opposite: it’s the absence of any color. In Western cultures it’s often associated with virginity (think of brides wearing white on their wedding day as a symbol of purity), while in some East Asian countries it’s the color of mourning. When used in design, white creates a minimalist aesthetic. It can be very simple, clean and modern. It’s also the most neutral color of all and can be quite non-descript as a base for other, more saturated, colors.

If you’re picking a white pumpkin, it probably means that you already love your current décor! You love neutrals and an air of refinement. You’re looking to add a simple touch of the season but not go overboard. You’re thinking—yeah, I know it’s fall, what else is new? You love your place, and you don’t need too much fall décor changing anything.


Orange Pumpkins

What orange means: Orange is for creativity, youth and enthusiasm.

As a secondary color, orange combines the warmth and heat of red with the playfulness and joy of yellow. It attracts attention without being as daring as red, and is used for warning signs like traffic cones and high-visibility clothing. It’s an energetic color that can bring to mind health and vitality, given its obvious link to oranges and vitamin C. It’s a youthful color as well, bringing an element of vibrancy and fun.

If you’re picking an orange pumpkin, it means one of two things. One, you love classic seasonal beauty! Rich and saturated tones of fall really do it for you. Give you the bold pop of color that comes with an orange pumpkin any day (well any day September – November!). Or two, you have kids! The bright fun colors that come with showing off orange pumpkins of all sizes makes them smile from ear to ear and you’re all for it!


Green Pumpkins

What green means: Green is for nature, growth and harmony—but also wealth and stability.

Green is universally associated with nature, linked as it is to grass, plants and trees. It also represents growth and renewal, being the color of spring and rebirth. Another association is “getting the green light” to go ahead, giving it an association with taking action. In the US, green (and especially dark green) is also associated with money and so represents prosperity and stability.

If you’re picking a green pumpkin, it probably means that you have a fresh take on the season. You’re not confined to the typical orange pumpkins and don’t want to be boxed in with the all-white, monochromatic crowd either. Green is fresh, and can be used to embrace the vitality of the warmer months throughout the fall season.

Diving into the meaning of color can help you determine your fall décor and why you love your choices! Find out more about color meanings here.

Very Happy Decorating!



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