From moody azures to delicate duck-egg and vivid sapphire, sea blues are the perfect colours for summer.
Calm, relaxing, refreshing, cooling – as the colour of the sky and sea, blue stands for peace and tranquility. Blue also stands for loyalty and tradition – it’s one of the most popular colours for uniforms and a personnel professional might advise you to wear it for job interviews because of its association with trustworthiness.
“The soothing shades of blue are renowned for their relaxing properties.”
Aside from its ingrained association with male gender in Western societies, blue (not red) traditionally stands for love, which is why a bride carries or wears ‘something blue’.
As a water colour, blue is often associated with hygiene and is a favourite packaging colour for cleansers and personal hygiene products.
Did you know people are more productive in blue rooms, and that blue is an appetite suppressant? Because it doesn’t occur naturally in food, we have a primitive response that blue food is poisonous. So use it in the home office but not the dining room… unless you’re on a diet.
Blue is known as a cool colour, and in decorating its tranquil nature has made it popular for bedrooms. It has an unfair reputation as being cold and depressing. Certainly, if you choose a grey-based or icy blue for a south-facing room, it might not make you feel cheerful. But with today’s paint technology and colour subtlety, blue can easily become a warm turquoise or a deep and reassuring navy. It can have the richness of cobalt and lapis tones, or the sophistication of teals and dusky slate shades.
“You can almost hear the waves caressing the shore.”
Any colour, of course, changes depending on its environment and what you place it next to. Put pale blue next to white and it will become classically Cape Cod, refreshing and beachy. Put navy with gold and it becomes regal. Turquoise with yellow, it’s fun and funky.
So take some inspiration from these pages, and go blue.
Stockists: Abigails, Corso de Fiore, Eon Design, Madder & Rouge, May Time Marketing, Nood, Republic Home, Verde
styling: Lianne Whorwood
pictures: David Whorwood
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