colour blue – dive in! Lightness and Darkness
When we think about blue, we think about the deep blue sea and the bright blue sky, glacial landscapes und refreshing mountain lakes.
Bright blue means freedom, cleanness, vitality and freshness. In pastel tones we associate it with youth, innocence and happiness. Baby-blue, sky-blue, aquamarin are a some reason preferred colours when it comes about child’s cloths and marketing for rest-rooms at motorway service stations.
The colour of freedom and royalty
Full, radiant blue means strength, seriousness, competence. Partly we face it with awe or curiosity. Clear, bright blue is a statement. Resolutely and full of strength it’s perfect to create a confident atmosphere. Blue is an amazing background for wall decoration, museums and lords of castles know that well, they place beautiful paintings on it to bring them to shine. ink blue, royal blue, navy are well-known tones.
Dark tones, on the other hand, have a calming effect, even increasing concentration. Deep blue tones also radiate something unfathomable, we would like to sink into their depths. Dark blue stands for consistency, looks modest and reserved, but also masculine and mysterious. It’s stylish and timeless.
In terms of color psychology, it is attributed the qualities of calm and concentration, it symbolizes restraint, seriousness and consistency.
How to use and combine blue with other materials?
Wall designs in deep, dark shades of blue are particularly popular at the moment because they create a strong contrast to furniture and wall decorations.
Blue tones can combined with grey tones create a cool, masculine, businesslike environment. Combined with orange or warm brown, it gets a lively, warm touch in the sixties style. Warm woods and cold concrete are ideally suited as materials in combination with blue shades. The marine style, the combination of white and blue, is a timeless classic and stands for freedom, freshness and summer by the sea. Whether white-stained furniture or striped fabrics, you can literally hear the shrill screams of the seagulls swinging back and forth in the wind.
The message we send
Colors always send an unconscious message, whether it is room design or choice of clothes. Often we are not so aware of this, but the world seems to want to sort more and more into categories for sake of simplicity, although this does not do us justice.
For example, I try to use pink with my daughters wardrobe as little as possible, because this “Barbie / doll trend” pisses me off, as does the division into a light blue and pink children’s world by industry and society. Every child’s life should be more than pink or blue, brightly colored!
excursion into the history of boy and girl colors
In earlier times pink was the color of little boys and light blue was the color of girls. This has a very logical justification! Because red used to be the color of powerful men, it stands for strength, aggressiveness, courage and danger (so it’s clear that it is now the color of us women;)). Back then, pink was known as “the little red”. Blue, on the other hand, stood for chastity, obedience, discipline and diligence and was considered appropriate for women. The light blue was therefore assigned to the girls. Well, that’s how times change.