Saturday, 22 August 2015

Blue blooded

No matter how hard I try I can never have enough of the color blue and the indigo family. I know a lot of people who almost always wear blue clothes or accessories and are partial to this colour while doing up their personal space. I think it would be safe to assume that there are many of you out there who share my affinity to this colour that dominates the sky as well as the earth. Blue is the color of the sky and the sea, hence often associated with depth and stability. It symbolizes trust, loyalty, wisdom, confidence, intelligence, faith and truth.

If you feel blue, you are feeling sad or unwell, a colour mainly associated with depression or unhappiness. The use of blue to mean “sad” dates back to the late 1300s. There are many theories regarding the origin of this phrase. One of them being its connection to rain or storms. In Greek mythology, the god Zeus would make rain when he was sad (crying) and a storm when he was angry. 

The phrase "feeling blue" is also linked to a custom among many old, sailing ships. If the ship lost the captain or any of the officers during its voyage, she would fly blue flags and have a blue band painted along her entire hull when returning to home port. However, in modern times, colour therapy suggests a more positive imagery for the color.

If your décor is coastal or beach inspired, Blue would be the obvious colour of choice. However, you might want to use this color despite not being too crazy about coastal décor. If you don’t already have enough reasons to OD on Blue, here are a few more reasons to incorporate this regal colour into your décor. 

· From the perspective of color psychology, blue is reliable and responsible. This color exhibits an inner security and confidence.

· You can rely on it to take control and do the right. It has a need for order and direction in its life, including its living and work spaces.

· This is a color that seeks peace and tranquility above everything else, promoting both physical and mental relaxation. Blue is considered beneficial to the mind and body. It reduces stress, creating a sense of calmness, relaxation and order.

· The color blue enhances self-expression and our ability to communicate.

· Blue's wisdom comes from its higher level of intelligence and a spiritual perspective.

· Blue is nostalgic. It is a color that lives in the past, relating everything in the present and the future to experiences in the past. A person who loves blue is bound to be sentimental and love things from the past.

If blue is your favorite color, most of these qualities will reflect in your personality and using this colour in your space will enhance the qualities and benefits that blue represents. But how much blue is too much blue? This is a predicament I struggle with very often. Have I gone OTT with this colour? Do I limit the use of blue to only a few accents? Do I add another colour to the mix to tone it down? Do I 'hear' you nodding in agreement? Been there right? 

My advice to you would be to listen to your heart, follow your instincts and do what pleases your eye. At the end of the day, there are no rules to be followed when doing up your personal space. No rights and wrongs. No such thing as too much or too less. After all what you love is a reflection of who you are and there should be no limitations to how you choose to express yourself. Isn't that what self-expression is all about? And that's what this month is all about-freedom. If you are truly ‘blue blooded’ and have an eye for beautiful things you can't  possibly go wrong. 

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