Colour psychology | blue
‘sky or water’
Except of yellow and red, blue is the third of the primary colours and is associated with sky or water. That may also be the reason why blue is considered the colour of the intangible, the feeling and the unreal. In contrast to the warm colours, blue, as a cold colour, has a correspondingly distant and far-reaching effect. For example, rooms designed in cool tones appear larger than they actually are. Smaller rooms in an apartment or house are often used as bedrooms and children’s rooms. This is mostly due to the fact that one would like to have the opportunity to guarantee a certain seclusion and privacy in these rooms. Especially here, blue is ideal as a wall colour or design element – also because blue has a calming effect and is the favorite colour of many.
Blue is the colour of feeling and can – depending on the colour nuance, mood and individual association – simply be everything: loud, sad, relaxed, melancholy, vital, emotional, dreamy. The `blue hour` and the` blue Monday` are idiomatic expressions that connect blue with strong emotions. The blue hour is a phenomenon after sunset, in which the sky is already bathed in a dark blue while the surroundings still appear visibly bright, which exudes a very special atmosphere.
Nevertheless, blue symbolizes objectivity, trust, security and is therefore often used in the financial world. But social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter also make use of the power of blue tones when used in logos and company presentations. Leaders adorned their palaces with Lapis Lazuli, a blue to blue-violet semi-precious stone that has been quarried in Afghanistan for thousands of years and in Chile since the 20th century. In this way, mosaics and entire columns should give their rooms a splendor and uniqueness. Yet there was no term for blue in ancient Rome. To this day, some indigenous peoples as well as the Egyptians in antiquity hold it: In their linguistic usage, blue and green are the same.
Christians, on the other hand, associated the heavenly, the divine with blue. The Virgin Mary wears a blue robe in most of the paintings. From the art world we know Pablo Picasso’s ‘Blue Period’ (1901 to 1905), which founded his style. The painters Franz Marc and Wassily Kandinsky founded the association `Der Blaue Reiter` (also the title of a painting by Franz Marc) as a counter-movement to naturalism.
Blue has an appetite-suppressing effect, which is why the food industry largely avoids this colour and often uses green instead. Green, on the other hand, stands for nature, health and ultimately also serenity and relaxation. There are shades of blue and green in a variety of colour gradations. They can be combined very well in a room.
Design objects in blue or with blue accents have a very special aura. They not only set elegant colour accents, but also ensure charisma and coolness. With the following design objects from the TAGWERC Design STORE you bring a touch of blue into your home.