The third of the primary colours, blue is considered a cool colour. Its effect is almost the opposite of red, it is cooling, calming and considered to relax the body and lower the body temperature, pulse rate and blood pressure. Although, as with all things, in overuse its effect will be the opposite. (Yin becomes yang at its extreme)
In feng shui Blue is associated with the water element symbolic of movement and flow. There are two distinct sides to this energy; one bubbly and effervescent and the other deep and brooding. Depending on the quality of the tint/tone/shade used and the quality of the light in the room, blue may evoke differing sensations.
In Decoration Blue can generally evoke a feeling of calm and sedation but if used indiscriminately can evoke feelings of melancholia or uneasiness and can be quite depressing in overuse. It can be seen as calming and serene or cold and unwelcoming, therefore, care should be taken with its use in an interior scheme. It can make a room seem cold so it should be used in combination with warmer colours to counteract this effect. Pale blues can appear cold but can also be used on walls, for example to make a room appear more expansive (like the “pale blue yonder” of the sky it evokes a sense of space).
Strong blues can also be effective on walls and ceilings of bedrooms and dining rooms where they seem impressive and calm. While red is an expansive colour in terms of energy, blue is a contractive colour as it calms things down evoking a restful energy.
Time appears to pass more slowly in a blue room, therefore it is good for a place where relaxation is required but not so good in a general office area where a degree of dynamism is necessary.
Also very useful for rooms which require a peaceful and serene atmosphere. Care should be taken with paler blues as they can appear quite cold. The darkest blues such as navy, can work in the same way as more neutral colours to define a scheme.
A good colour for a bedroom, small office (in the right tone), treatment rooms or therapy spaces. Also useful in high stress spaces to calm the energy down. It is not recommended in dining rooms or entertainment spaces.
Blue is considered a good colour for communication, for board rooms or meeting rooms for example where cool calm discussion is required. For politicians and singers it is considered particularly helpful – really for anyone who needs their voice to be heard. Because blue has a naturally low saturation, it may be used in almost any form, light, dark, pure, greyish etc. As it is visually primary, it can appear stark or bleak if applied in too large an area.
While blues work well in homes, they have not proved successful in general office areas, industries, schools hospitals etc except in incidental areas in mid or deep tones.
Faber Birren notes in his research that pale blue seems to “bother” human eyes and give a blurred appearance to adjacent objects.
Under the influence of blue time is underestimated and weights are judged as being lighter. Because blue is a difficult colour to focus, it is not good as a light source and low in attention value. Yet blue is associated with dim light, is restful and sedate and is an outstanding favourite throughout the world.
Blue is symbolically the colour of truth, the result of calm reflection rather than heated argument. Blue has been adopted by police forces presumably for the same reason.
The Egyptian judges wore a breastplate of blue to show their reverence to truth. In Buddhist tradition it is said that “Sapphire produces peace of mind and equanimity, it chases out evil thoughts by establishing healthy circulation. It opens barred doors to the spirit, produces a desire for prayer, it brings peace; but he who wears it must live a pure and holy life”. Also associated with sadness, it can induce feelings of melancholy; feeling blue. Time appears to pass more slowly in a blue room.
Blue in its lowest meaning signifies depression and despair; to feel blue, or it may mean hardness, coldness and cruelty as in the expression “steel blue eyes” or “blue beard”. A blue stocking means someone who has cultivated intellect and left out affection. Whereas blue collar workers were seen as lower class than their white collar colleagues.
The colour of the heavens, Egyptians often painted their Gods blue to show their heavenly origin. The virgin Mary in Christian traditions is often depicted wearing a blue robe. In Mexico blue was worn as a mourning colour, being a token of the joy that the soul realised in the fields of peace. Blue was the colour of the druidic bards, symbolic of a higher colour than the green worn by “ovates”. The bards were not only concerned with song and poetry but were to have the gift of looking beyond the world and of obtaining great truths to uplift humanity. They were to get beyond mere passion and look into the cooler, calmer regions beyond day to day reality.
Associated with the Throat Chakra, blue facilitates communication, creative expression through sound. This is our centre for expression, our voice, the way we flow into the world. Our physical and emotional voice, our communication. This is the centre of creativity Vs fantasy, where we express and share our sense of abundance to create community prosperity. Associated with the thyroid, when blocked we can feel choked, rigid, with no dreams and an inability to express ourselves. Visualising a spinning wheel of light blue light in this area will free up the flow of this chakra. Affirmation: “ I lovingly speak my truth today, I release all blockages to perfect communication, all of my communications are balanced and guided, all is well in my world”.
Health Pure blue calms and relaxes creating a physical exhale, relaxing the body in readiness for sleep. It helps combat tension, asthmatic conditions, nervousness and insomnia. Blue is relaxing and unwinding and gives a feeling of space.
Blue is said to lower the blood pressure and be good for use in operating theatres both for the patient and the surgeon.
In colour therapy blue is considered to have a cold and astringent quality. It is considered to have an antiseptic quality and produce a calm and peaceful vibration.
- Belongs to the cooling end of the colour spectrum, it is calming.
- Associated with tranquillity, serenity, truth, honesty, sincerity, reliability.
- Associated with the Throat Chakra, it facilitates communication, creative expression through sound. Associated with sadness, it can induce feelings of melancholy; feeling blue.
- Time appears to pass more slowly in a blue room
- The key word for blue is relaxation, it is recommended to use blue when you cannot think calmly or when you have no patience with your thoughts. When you always feel determined, you are hurrying. – Healing with colour Theo Gimbel
- Blue is relaxing and unwinding and gives a feeling of space.
- Blue is considered a good colour for communication, for board rooms or meeting rooms for example where cool calm discussion is required.
- Time appears to pass more slowly in a blue room, therefore it is good for a place where relaxation is required but not so good in a general office area where a degree of dynamism is necessary.
- In general, blue schemes should be confined to rooms with a sunny aspect; south or west facing rooms which have a warmer quality to the light which balances for this cool colour.