The blue color has an amazing effect. It is capable of waking us up, making us melancholy, attracting our attention or refreshing us all at the same time. Blue is often associated with the sky and the sea. It is one of the three primary colors. Combined with its complementary color orange, the contrast is high and to say the least invigorating! Blue is characterized by many different shades: delicate sky blue, playful turquoise, bright azure blue and cold steel blue are just a few examples of the color palette you can have fun decorating with. With these blues you can really create different moods. Walls, furniture or accessories, the blue color changes your interior.
What is the symbolism of blue?
In Christianity, blue as the color of the sky has always been associated with the divine, the supernatural. The color was once considered feminine and was attributed to the Virgin Mary. Contrary to the terrestrial, the present red, the blue symbolized the unreal. It represented both the dream of freedom, of infinite space, but also of introversion and withdrawal into oneself. Blue is synonymous with softness and calm. It builds trust and conveys a sense of security. For this reason, banks and insurance companies like to use blue color for their corporate logos.
The light blue tones seem to get lost in the heights. They free the mind and give a feeling of freshness. Like all shades of blue, a sky blue puts distance. It seems distant and difficult to apprehend. It is light, airy and seems to reinvent itself again and again.
Dark blue tones are like the unfathomable sea – deep and wide. It is the color of philosophers and thinkers. Blue also has the meaning of strength, reliability and confidence.
What is the effect of the color blue?
The color blue is very often cited as a favorite color. Why are we so fascinated by this color? Because the color blue is both pure, lively and cheerful. In color psychology, it is said to have a calming effect. In addition, blue is supposed to promote our concentration. A blue room is often perceived as cool and refreshing. The inhabitants of southern countries take the opportunity to use it to make the heat more bearable. For example, living rooms in southern Greece are often furnished in the famous Mediterranean color combination: blue and white. In northern countries, we prefer to combine blue with warm colors and natural materials such as wood or rattan.
Blue in decoration
The advantage with the blue color is that it has a very large palette of shades. However, be careful because too much blue can lead to a very cold room. To make an interior warm, it is better to combine the blue color with other colors. Blue will seem like spring or downright warm like in the Caribbean.
With which colors to associate blue in decoration?
- Whether subtle or strong, the colors of the sea create a contemplative atmosphere. They have a beneficial and relaxing effect. They work very well in combination with natural materials such as wood, linen, hemp or even sisal.
- Light sky blue, dove gray or pale green have a mysterious delicacy and can give your room a romantic aura.
- Refreshing light shades of blue. Combined with white, brown or grey, they fit harmoniously into a bedroom, bathroom or living room. The soft, subtle colors create a calm atmosphere in which you can quickly relax.
- The complementary color to blue is orange. The whole range of oranges, whether terracotta or coral, are also suitable as association colors.
- Light and bright blue, combined with the other primary colors (yellow and red), has a fresh and positive effect. Whites and creams can tone down these intense colors, preventing them from becoming too dominant. If you combine pastel blue with pale brown, light wood and cream, it will look chic and elegant.
- Petrol blue is a trendy color. It combines well with gray, yellow, white and green colors. Brass furniture or accessories have a superb effect in front of a petrol blue wall, because with their golden shine, they contrast with the cold color of the wall. If you combine shiny copper accessories, the room again takes on a very elegant style.
Examples of association of blue according to the parts
A casual blue in the living room
- With red or yellow tones, your living room seems more dynamic.
- With soft yellow tones you bring a feeling of summer and blue sky. Opt for your cushions and your vases for mustard yellow or mimosa yellow. These yellows will pair impeccably with your shades of blue.
A cheerful blue in the kitchen
- With kitchen furniture in white or light wood, your blue walls or cupboards will balance each other perfectly. A kitchen in blue is a guarantee of freshness and lightness. The color is cheerful, but also gives serenity.
- Stainless steel accessories combined with the blue color give it a “cool” elegance.
A soothing blue in the bedroom
- Soft tones in light blue and accessories in pink give your room a spring air.
- Yellow fabrics bring conviviality.
- Cream colored textiles brighten up your room. Choose a bedside rug that makes your bedroom even more comfortable.
A refreshing blue in the bathroom
- A blue bathroom is a guaranteed good mood. Place coral or emerald green bath towels or even different blue bath mats or a colored shower curtain.
- Dare to wear golden accessories and your blue-toned bathroom will immediately have a certain nobility!
- Also consider indoor plants whose leaf colors go well with the color blue.