Color Psychology - Part 2 - Blue

Posted on June 09, 2016 by Kate Moynihan | 0 comments

Color really revs my engine.  With the physiological and emotional effects of color psychology explained in the previous post, let’s speed ahead!

Basic blue = calm and restful Ah! This easy-on-the eye color, with its tranquil quality, eases right from the heavenly sky or lulls from serene water.
Pastel tone = pure peace.
If you want to evoke the calmest feeling of all, choose a soft shade of blue, like a robin’s egg. All and all, the color of pale blue can bring down your blood pressure, slow respiration and decrease your heart rate. If you are striving for relaxation this is your color.
Increase the color = increase the energy
By adding punch to a light blue, such as aqua or cobalt blue, the vitality of the color will soar. Consider enjoying this color in an area in your home that is a bit more active, such as a family room or kitchen. This vibrancy and energy softens by graying down this more intense shade, rekindling the tranquil nature of blue in such colors as periwinkle or cerulean.
On the opposite spectrum of pale blue, choosing a deep, dark blue pushes the peaceful qualities of the color toward a feeling of sadness.
Add gray = decrease the strength

However, if you tone it down into the foggy qualities of gray it can become chilly, maybe even a bit icy if your windows reflect the same wintry feel from the outside. The type of indoor lighting and/or accent lighting you use in your room can affect the colors cold tone. If the room color is too frosty, installing warmer hues of halogen bulbs will offset the coolness of gray. 

Amount of color = its effect

I remember painting my first kitchen in the 1980’s a dramatic indigo gray mix. The room had north exposure windows so warm sunbeams never entered the area. The cabinets and floor were chocolate, not the light milky kind, the cabinets and floor were deep, dark chocolate. One coat of navy and the room became cave-like as I stood in the somber shadows. Even my twenty-something, novice decorating skills told me it was too much. The lesson here is to remember that the amount of color you apply is key to its effect. Painting an entire room one color is completely different than when you only use a handful of accents. As for my first kitchen? Instead of pulling out the blue-gray in the print of the curtains, I focused on the yellow and happily repainted the walls.
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