Colors are so much more than just their pigment combinations of red, yellow, blue, white and black. They are non-verbal communication, each having an effect on our psyche. Colors evoke emotion which can be both positive and negative depending on how much, where, and the intensity of the color used in your interior. On the color spectrum going from warm to cool, blue is considered to be a cool color.
Consider the colors of the sky to the various shades of water, blue a nature inspired color, is known for its calming effect. The subconscious effects of blue are numerous, it encourages deep breathing, slows heartbeat, drops blood pressure, and decreases appetite. Blue can also have a negative subconscious effect creating extreme feelings of calm associated with sadness or depression.
The cool, tranquil effect of blue makes time pass more quickly and it can help you sleep. While blue is a good color for bedrooms and baths, too much blue could have an adverse affect on mood and create dampen spirits. Blue can be striking and formal in combination with white. It can be playful and great for kids rooms when combined with pale yellow for infants, mint green for toddlers or orange for grade-schoolers.
What color comes to your mind when you hear blue?
- Dark blues such as royal blue or indigo convey sophistication and maybe a touch of superiority
- Navy blue (almost black) creates a feeling of security (think logos and the military)
- Pastel blues convey a sense of playfulness (think baby’s rooms and spring time colors)
- Grey blues convey a modern sophistication and work as a great neutral to add pops of color
- Combining shades of blue create a conservative yet sophisticated look
- Combining dark blue with metallic accents create an elegant rich look
- Combine pure blue with its complimentary color orange and get a room that will waken the sense. Or use this color combination in more muted tones and have a sophisticated room with some contrast and color depth.