Thursday, March 13, 2014

Blue

I have my mind on Blue today
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.The color blue has long been a favorite of mine. I once wore quite a bit of blue clothing, and used blue in the decorating scheme of one house I lived in. But not any more, for some reason.

However, I still enjoy blues in other situations. For instance in the garden:

Crocus

Muscari

Bachelor's Buttons, or Cornflower
And of course, hydrangea, one of my favorites.

A touch of blue is nice in outdoor spaces,
 complementing the shades in the sky




You could always decorate your Easter table in blue


Or sew blue buttons on your jacket


How about a pair of blue shoes?


Blue nails, anyone?


 Blue ornaments for the Christmas tree?

Or the sweetest of all, blue-eyed animals? Aren't these adorable?





From the Website Bourne Creative:

"Blue represents both the sky and the sea, and is associated with open spaces, freedom, intuition, imagination, expansiveness, inspiration, and sensitivity. Blue also represents meanings of depth, trust, loyalty, sincerity, wisdom, confidence, stability, faith, heaven, and intelligence.

The color blue has positive affects on the mind and the body. As the color of the spirit, it invokes rest and can cause the body to produce chemicals that are calming and exude feelings of tranquility. Blue helps to slow human metabolism, is cooling in nature, and helps with balance and self-expression. Blue is also an appetite suppressant.

However not all blues are serene and sedate. Electric or brilliant blues become dynamic and dramatic, an engaging color that expresses exhilaration. Also, some shades of blue or the use of too much blue may come across as cold or uncaring, and can dampen spirits.


Blue can be strong and steadfast or light and friendly. Blue is used to symbolize piety and sincerity in heraldry. The color blue in many cultures is significant in religious beliefs, brings peace, or is believed to keep the bad spirits away. In Iran, blue is the color of mourning while in the West the something blue bridal tradition represents love.

The blue color communicates significance, importance, and confidence without creating somber or sinister feelings. This is where the corporate blue power suit and the blue uniforms of police officers and firefighter came from. Considered a highly corporate color, blue is often associated with intelligence, stability, unity, and conservatism.

Too much blue can create feelings of melancholy, negativity, sadness, self-righteousness, and self-centeredness. Too little blue brings about qualities of suspicion, depression, stubbornness, timidity, and unreliability.

Blue gemstones are believed to aid in creating calm and relaxation in crisis situations or chaotic situations, to open the flow of communication between loved ones, to feel genuinely inspired, and to gain the courage to speak from the heart."

Different shades, tints, and hues of blue have different meanings. For example, dark blue can be seen as elegant, rich, sophisticated, intelligent, and old-fashioned, royal blue can represent superiority, and light blue can mean honesty and trustworthiness.

So what color are you feeling today? What is your favorite color?

6 comments:

  1. I love blue as well, and I've enjoyed your pictures. My favourite shades of blue are dusty colours, I call french blue or perhaps cornflower. I find them more peaceful than clear or bright blues. My eyes are sort of a blue/grey shade, which might account for my preference!

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  2. Not much blue around, though I liked my midnight blue skirt & jacket at one time. Naturally just the right hue of denim is a must.
    Marla´s room has blue details. She is blue-eyed and she likes blue in her wardrobe.
    My favorite color must be a certain gray. I never get enough of it. For wearing and living with it!

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  3. I don't often wear blue, and it is rich cobalt when I do. However I love blue flowers, which are not as easily found as the other colours, and like blue/white china in the decor. I can't deny pink is my favourite colour, but I like most clear bright shades, and enjoy lemon yellow, mint green, lilac and ruby red.

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  4. I love blue :-) my favourite colour! You'll find lots of turquoise, teal, sapphire and baby blue in my closet.

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  5. I have lots of blue and white china and my kitchen is white with cobalt blue and black - so yes I like blue in decor. I don't wear much true blue though being drawn more to turquoise or teal for clothing.

    Darla

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