No I’m not sad and blue. The colour blue actually makes me feel happy, warm and cosy. Most people would say that’s just weird because blue is within the cool spectrum. I know that because I have studied colour and understand the fundamentals of the colour wheel. Even so, I personally consider most shades of blue to be “warm”. And that’s okay because colour affects us all differently. It has more to do with the feelings that the colour evokes in me than the science behind it.
Blue is the colour of the sky (on a good day!) and the sea. It is often associated with stability. It generally symbolizes trust, loyalty, confidence, intelligence, faith, truth, and heaven (for those of us who hope to end up there). Blue is also considered to be beneficial to the mind and body as it slows human metabolism and produces a calming effect.
The science of blue
From a scientific point of view, blue is one of the three primary colours in traditional colour theory, as well as in the realm of RGB models. It is the only primary colour in the cool spectrum.
According to Wikipedia and, before that, the discovery made by good old Isaac Newton:
“It lies between violet and green on the spectrum of visible light. The eye perceives blue when observing light with a dominant wavelength between approximately 450 and 495 nanometres.”
What does blue represent?
That’s way too much technical info for me. I just know that I have always loved blue and it brings to mind many good feelings and emotions - a warm summer sky, my comfortable faded blue jeans and the happy twinkle of my mother’s eyes - just to name a few. Blue is nostalgic. It is a colour with deep roots in the past. Think about vintage cars, Delft blue pottery and cobalt glassware. Blue reminds me of childhood and endless summer days. Perhaps that’s why I like it so much.
A blue personality
If you have a strong attachment to the colour blue, psychologists may say that you are sincere, genuine, reliable and sensitive. You desire peace and harmony in your everyday life and probably crave quiet time to reflect and meditate. That sounds about right!
But always remember that each one of us reacts differently to colour. Our exposure to colour is unique to our culture, location and lifestyle and it is also layered with personal experiences accumulated over time.
Now all this talk of blue has me looking at paint chips for my home office makeover. Might as well paint it with my happy colour!
So what’s your favorite colour? Do you know WHY you might love pink and dislike green? You can learn more with our Intuitive Colour course, an introspective look at your personal attachment and reactions.