There is a reason why we call the clusters of small, delicate blue summer flowers “Forget-Me-Nots”. It’s because blue is the colour of trust, honesty and loyalty. It makes us feel safe, calm and truthful.
As a colour that creates both a sense of calm and relaxation and enables orderly thinking, blue supports us in times of contemplation. It inspires devotion to causes important to us, making it a very supportive colour in religious study.
As it inspires wisdom and honesty, blue encourages us to value the past and use it as a tool to understand our present. It is the most universally liked colour of all, as we consider it neutral and non-threatening. It makes us feel safe and in control, as it brings out our conservative side.
Decorating With Shades Of Blue
Blue is a great colour to use in your home wherever you want to encourage conversation. It is especially known to support truthful verbal communication. In the context of a home, any room where the family congregates would benefit from the encouragement of blue – it will support shy people to have their say. Additionally, anyone in the family who has something difficult to get off their chest will be supported in speaking honestly.
While it may seem that blue would be good for a dining room where we entertain guests and hope to chat and steer clear of awkward silences, it is not actually advisable. This is because blue has been shown to slow the metabolism – which is of course not advantageous when attempting to digest a meal. It is also not ideal for cold rooms (south-facing, in South Africa) due to its association with cool weather. But if you just love blue and can’t resist, consider a single feature wall of azure. This is a colour that inspires achievement, as well as true contentment.
Blue is not a suitable colour for an area where physical activity or play will take place due to its calming nature. This means that blue should not be used in your home gym or where you use exercise equipment. Children’s playrooms should also steer clear of blue, as those are areas where you would wish to stimulate activity and energy.
Elusive Blue In Art History
Blue was a colour beloved of the Ancient Egyptians. It was used by royalty and the religious orders. Originally, the Egyptians created blue pigment with crushed Lapis Lazuli mined in Afghanistan. This was a very expensive exercise and led to the Ancient Egyptians creating a new recipe for blue, thus creating what is believed to be the very first synthetic pigment. It included heated copper and limestone and became known as Egyptian Blue.
In the Middle Ages, the recipe for Egyptian Blue was lost. Blue pigment was in high demand as the colour had come to be associated with the Virgin Mary. This meant a return to the expensive crushed Lapis Lazuli from Afghanistan. The pigment made with this mineral became known as Ultramarine – meaning “over the sea” which was how it travelled from Afghanistan to Europe. It is still acknowledged today as the most expensive pigment. Over the centuries, it became a priority to create a more cost-effective blue pigment. Finally, in the early 1700s, scientists used oxidised iron to create Prussian Blue. The colour made history once more, as this is considered the first modern synthetic pigment.
Making A Fashion Statement With Blue
If you find yourself in a situation where you need to command authority, consider wearing predominately dark blue – the darker, the better. Psychologically, blue triggers feelings of reliability and responsibility. This is handy if you’ve just been promoted to a managerial position at work and wish to make it very clear to your colleagues that you are ready and able to take charge. Likewise, if you have spent lots of time on an important project at work and you need to personally present it, wear dark blue to give you an edge. You will come across as dependable and knowledgeable.
Paler blues are known to promote a sense of freedom. Just think of looking up at our daytime sky, and how vast it is. The seemingly infinite pale blue space above us is the playground of birds in flight – and we all know the saying “as free as a bird”! When you are entering a creative space, this association makes pale blue an ideal colour to wear. It will enhance your ability to express yourself freely.
If Blue Is Your Best Colour…
Lovers of blue are genuine, sincere and are usually the kind of people to take their responsibilities seriously. You may also be very sentimental, and find yourself crying rather easily.
If Blues Doesn’t Inspire You…
You may be feeling a lack of stimulation and excitement in your life, and wishing to break free from being the “responsible one”. Some people find blue to be overly relaxing, and it leaves these people feeling sad or depressed.
Healing With Colour
Blue is very helpful to those of us who struggle to express how we are feeling. The Blue Oil of Transformation can be rubbed around the neck to support us in peaceful communication. A few pumps of this oil in a child’s bath will calm them and ready them for bedtime. Adults too will find relief from insomnia when using the oil in their baths at night.
If you need help with mental acuity, the blue spray will bring you calm and enable you to focus and find mental order. It is known as the Flame of Divine Protection, as it clears negative energy and stabilises an environment, making you feel safe.
If you’d like to know more about the colour blue and all it has to offer, do consider visiting my webpage on the Blue Path by clicking here. From there you can explore the whole website, and learn much more about blue.