Living With The Color Blue
It can make us feel calm and sedate, when we use it or view its use by others. Blue suggests trustworthiness, dependability, and commitment. It's not "gender specific" being favored equally by both men and women. Its hues and shades range from a light blue sky to an aquamarine to navy blue to the deep blue-black water.
As the collective color of the spirit, it invokes rest and can cause the body to produce chemicals that are calming.
From color expert, Kate Smith, she goes on to say that
...not all blues are serene and sedate. Electric or brilliant blues become dynamic and dramatic — an engaging color that expresses exhilaration. Some shades or the overuse of blue may come across as cold or uncaring.
Indigo, a deeper blue, symbolizes a mystical borderland of wisdom, self-mastery, and spiritual realization. While blue is the color of communication with others, indigo turns the blue inward to increase personal thought, profound insights, and instant understandings.
Indigo blue, as Ms. Smith suggests "increases personal thought, profound insights, and instant understandings." (Now you know where to hold your next staff meeting. Look for an indigo blue room!)
A classic collection of blue and white ginger jars accented with blue and neutral nautilus seashells and white coral, accented with feathery green found in the long grassy-like leaves. What does this setting evoke in your emotions?
Here, a touch of blue in these accent throw pillows adds its warmth and calmness to the warm tones of the wood table and server.
Warm blues, such as denim and ocean blue, contain hints of red. The red in the color comes towards you and makes the room feel cozier. (From Real Simple, Decorating With Blue). While cool blues in shades of cobalt, turquoise and ice blue have a yellow tint. The yellow in the blue makes it appear to recede, making a small space look bigger. Referencing color experts, Real Simple states that the cool blues encourage calmness.
What do you think the bold use of blue in the two following rooms say about its occupants? (Note the use of light, medium and dark blues.)
Too much of a dark color, in this case blue, can make a room feel crowded, closed in, even depressing. But the room below works well with the dark blue walls and sofa. It's balanced with the wash of bright light from the window; the white heat register; the white ceiling and the scattered white in the wall paintings and accents. The yellow pentagon in the painting becomes a bright, happy punctuation demanding visual attention. The bold black and white zebra pattered rug anchors the room.
Here are some inspiring uses of blue in the various tint, shades and hues (Click on images to make them larger). Can you pick out why the blue works so well in these rooms?
The color blue has a long and ancient history. Try your knowledge on a few of the more modern facts: True or False (Answers are at the end.)
1. Pink was the general accepted color for boys while blue was worn by girls from just before WWI and up to WWII.
2. President John Kennedy made popular the two-button blue suit.
3. Blue suits became more popular than black suites for men in the mid-20th Century.
4. The color blue is a common color found in many foods.
5. Blue is a primary color.
6. Tints, shades and hues of blues are not generally perceived differently.
7. Blue is favored equally by both men and women.
Do you think the blues in the flatware below are cool or warm?
1. True. See "When Did Girls Start Wearing Pink?"
2. True. From the Wikipedia, Blue In the 20th and 21st Century.
3. True. Source from Wikipedia as in #2.
4. False. It is the least common color in foods. Can you think of which foods they are?
5. True. Of course it is, along red and yellow.
For example, dark blue can be seen as elegant, rich, sophisticated, intelligent, and old-fashioned, royal blue can represent superiority, and light blue can mean honesty and trustworthiness. See Bourn Creative, Meaning of the Color Blue.
So, are you now inspired to use the color blue or just use more of it? Would love to see your comments of what you think of the color blue.