Blue is the colour of the deep, eternity and silence. The colour symbolises harmony, endlessness, friendship, trust and loyalty. The sea, as well as the sky are endless and blue. The colour blue also stands for sports, intuition, science and efficiency.

Into The BlueInto The Blue | photo: Frank Fox (cc-by-sa)

The longing for the faraway

Since time immemorial, we witness the endless blue sea, and the vast blue sky. It drives us away to discover what lies beyond the horizon, behind the blue mountains. Blue is the colour that makes us reach for the faraway, that awakens wanderlust and an almost painful longing for new things to discover.

It´s also connected with freedom and calms us down (cools us down). It is said that blue brings forward creativity and concentration. Sympathy, satisfaction and harmony are connected with the colour blue as well as - in politics - democracy, the republic and a liberal point of view.

Use of the colour blue

Painters and artists like to use this colour for their work, because it connects an image to the sky. Blue also makes an excellent colour for presentations, especially if one has to present topics connected with science, technics or sports - because science and business require a cool head and sport needs a feeling of freshness.

Hong Kong KowloonHong Kong Kowloon | photo: (cc-by-sa) Frank Fox

Ultramarine Blue

The blue pigment most favoured by the old masters used to be ultramarine-blue, yet it was quite expensive for there were only two places in the known world where lapis lazuli, the raw material for ultramarine-blue could be mined.

The view from the peak of LangbiangThe view from the peak of Langbiang | photo: (cc-by-sa) Frank Fox

Blue is a cold colour

This perception is based on the blueish shades cast by ice or snow formations. The visible spectrum of blue is quite small, therefore it takes not too much of another colour mixed with blue to make it appear as purple, teal or green. There are (or have been) cultures that don´t even differ between green and blue.

Ultramarine and indigo are shades of blue that appear a little warmer, for they have a slightly red tint.

Blue Hour in Saigon IBlue Hour in Saigon I | photo: (cc-by-sa) Frank Fox

Blue designs often appear efficient, scientific and objective. Cold colours are refreshing, relaxing and passive.

Overview: Blue

  • Blue symbolises the sky, the sea and their vastness
  • The colour blue stands for freedom
  • The dyes from indigo, a plant from South America, replaced woad, which was quite common in old Europe
  • In the year 2000, blue has been elected as colour of the year
  • Faithfulness is connected with the colour blue - there is also an influence on various wedding ceremonies (strange thing that is - first we connect it to wanderlust and creativity, next to the final bond...)
  • The ancient Celts connected blue with fertility - old farmer's wisdom also says that seeds placed on blue cloth for some time, may sprout up to two weeks earlier (guess that needs to be tested)
  • Blue is the coldest colour of the spectrum
  • The Maya sacrificed blue dyes to the god of rain (Mayan-Blue)
  • The "Blue Goose" is an expression dating back to medieval times and means something impossible
  • It is a primary colour in the additive (RGB) colour mode
  • It also symbolises the horizon and the longing for the faraway
  • Western images of the Lady Mary often show her in an ultramarine-blue coat, while Russian painters preferred red
  • Ultramarine was an expensive, but demanded pigment
  • In medieval times, they used woad, a plant-based dye, to dye cloth in blue
  • Feeling blue means to feel very sad

Colourful World

Grey is the colour of reliability, plain and boring. But also the hidden person behind the scene. Grey is unobtrusive, elegant and can be combined with any other colour.
White is proper, innocent and clean. The white dress stands for innocence and virginity, the white suit for extravagance. White is achromatic, but a mix of all colours in the additive colour scheme.
Black is the colour of the hidden, the unknown, death and sorrow. But it is also powerful and solid, a colour to trust and rely on.
I dare to say that red is the most important colour in the history of mankind. Red is so deeply ingrained in our daily perception, I cannot imagine a world without the colour.
Purple has been the most sought-after colour of the ancient times, but the details are still foggy.
Brown is the colour of trustworthiness, like the fertile soil. It is also simple and uncomplicated. Warm and aromatic, like coffee or fresh brown bread. But also simplicity (negative) and dirty.
The colour rose is female, sensitive, tender and charming. But also young, soft and sometimes naive. On the other hand, there is pink, which is also female, but more aggressive, untamed and independent.