Saffron consists of tones ranging from golden yellow to burning orange. Worn by ascetics (Hindu & Buddhist), saffron connotes the fire of knowledge that burns away ignorance. It is also symbolic of renunciation and signifies that the wearer is on the quest for divine light and salvation. Saffron is also the color of the spice, resembling the color of the tip of the saffron crocus thread.
In design terms, saffron is a vibrant color that connotes the ethnic and the exotic. It can be used to highlight features or as an accent color that creates areas of visual interest. Shades of saffron are particularly popular in Mexico, Spain & Italy in architecture and interior design. Check out this architectural color guide to using saffron.