Blue Color Meanings
Blue Color Meanings and the Associations for Interiors
Blue color meanings are an important factor to learn when interior decorating, as all colors influence the mood and feelings evoked in an interior space, none more so than the color blue.
Blue is one of the Primary Colors. That means that all other colors can be made from them. Blue and red makes purple, blue and yellow makes green, etc.It is the easiest color to use when choosing color schemes.
Blue is a very popular color and is what I call a safe color to use with interior decorating. It is striking as a blue and white combination – blue and white china, or the ticking on a mattress.
It is a calming color, great for using in bedrooms and bathrooms.
It is useful for children’s bedrooms as they can simply alter the color of the accents and accessories as they get older and change the way blue looks.
For example, blue and butter yellow when they are babies, blue and mint green for toddlers, blue and orange for young kids, blue and white for high school kids. You can go as far as your imagination.
What color do you think of when I say blue? I think cobalt blue – rich and bright, others think navy blue – dark and authoritative, many think powder blue – especially those who are pregnant! Our perceptions of blue are quite different. By adding a neutral to blue we can get a wide range of blues, adding black we get navy blue, adding white we get the powder blue.
Bear this in mind when you are matching colors with blue, if white has been used then it is often best to stick to that tone of color to coordinate with it, for example, powder pink, pale lemon, mint green as these work well together.
It is open and inviting when teamed with yellow, it creates the perfect beach illusion.
It is always in fashion, the shade of blue changes but not greatly, and we can therefore use it with great confidence in our designs.
Matched with “lollypop” colors candy pink, mint green and pale blue, creates the perfect calm and serene environment for children’s rooms.
Blue is the ideal color for reception areas as it is formal, conservative and balancing.
The most common use for blue is in monochromatic color scheme, where blues of different shades, tints or tones are combined. This creates a wonderfully tranquil space, sedative and heavenly, ideal for bathrooms or adults bedrooms.
Using two tones of the color blue works well in this bedroom.
Blue Meanings and Color Associations
Cool, Tranquilizer, Healing, Peace Bringing Properties, Relaxing, Restful, Openness, Expansiveness, Sedative, Formality, Water Association, Fresh, Airy, Sense Of Wellbeing, Refreshing, Lowers Blood Pressure, Justice, Slows Respiratory Rate, Antidote For Red, Conceptual, Responsible, Serenity, Loyalty, Dogmatic, Pragmatic, Rigid, Manipulative, Conservative, Authoritative, Astute, Balancing, Masculine, Spatial, Heavenly.
Think about how the color blue makes us feel when choosing your next color scheme. It is not a good color choice for a gymnasium, but it would work well in a waiting area for example, think about some spaces you would choose the color blue for now, this will make it easier to remember the next time you start a color scheme.
Lee Brown is the co founder of interiordezine.com, she has worked in the Interior Design Industry for over 23 years, specializing in commercial, hospitality, high end architectural homes and retail design. Over the past 13 years Lee and Chris Brown have been collating their wealth of design knowledge to provide free interior decorating education to the world. Make sure you register for your free ecourse today. Free Interior Decorating eCourse