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The True Essence Of Tranquility: Exploring The Fascinating Shades and Symbolism Of The Colour Blue

Updated: Feb 28

In a world buzzing with chaos and endless demands for our attention, finding moments of tranquility can be precious. What better colour to lead us on this journey than tranquil and serene blue?



A close-up of a fan of Winter blue colour drapes from navy, true and royal blues to Chinese blue, hot turquoise and icy blue.
These cool, bright, darker blues best suit our Winters. Here are my picks from this colour season (from left to right): Navy Blue, Royal Blue, True Blue, Chinese Blue, Hot Turquoise, Icy Aqua and Icy Blue.


From the vast ocean to the peaceful sky above, blue forever captivates our senses and triggers our inner calmness.


Let’s explore the fascinating shades and symbolism of the colour blue. We’ll look at unraveling blue’s true essence and delve into its profound impact on our emotions and well-being. From symbolising spirituality and calmness; to its portrayal of professionalism and trust; blue holds a special place in our minds.


So, are you ready to navigate yourself through the fascinating world of blue? Uncover its hidden meanings; cultural significance and the powerful effects it has on our mood and state of mind. Well, let’s dive into the soothing colour of blue and discover the tranquility that awaits…


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The Psychology Of Blue:


The colour blue holds a special place in our psyche, with profound effects on our emotions and overall well-being. It is often associated with feelings of peace and serenity. Studies have shown that exposure to the colour blue can relax, calm and decrease our heart rate and blood pressure. This is why blue is often used in spaces where we seek solace and rest, such as bedrooms and spas. Its association with tranquility makes it a popular choice if you want to create a soothing, serene environment.


Blue is also known to stimulate mental clarity and promote creativity. It is linked with feelings of trust, intelligence and dependability. Many corporate logos and branding strategists incorporate shades of blue to evoke a sense of reliability and professionalism. Additionally, blue is believed to enhance communication and self-expression, making it a preferable choice for speakers, writers and artists.


Overall, the psychology of blue reveals its power to calm our minds; inspire our thoughts and create a harmonious atmosphere.


Cultural Symbolism Of Blue:


Blue has held significant cultural symbolism throughout history, representing various concepts and beliefs across different civilisations. In ancient Egypt, blue was linked with the divine and was believed to protect against evil spirits. The ancient Greeks associated blue with the heavens and was often symbolised spirituality and transcendence. In Hinduism, blue is connected with the god Krishna, representing love, devotion and infinite possibilities.


In Western cultures, blue is often associated with trust, loyalty and stability. Blue is often the colour of choice for uniforms and professional attire, since it symbolises reliability and authority. Conversely, blue is also related to feelings of sadness and melancholy. Think phrases like “feeling blue” or the hashtag #BlueMonday that trends on social media on the 3rd Monday of January. The duality of emotions associated with the colour blue showcases its versatility and complexity as a colour.



A close-up of the colour blue drapes from the Spring season palette, including: clear bright aqua and light true blue.
A selection of light, warm and bright blues for our Springs. From left to right: Clear Bright Aqua, Light Warm Aqua, Bright Light Blue, Periwinkle, Light True Blue, Bright Periwinkle and Light Clear Navy.


Blue In Nature and The Environment:


You can’t discuss the colour blue without appreciating its presence in the natural world. The calming effect of blue can be experienced from the vastness of the ocean to the gentle lapping of waves. Then we have the breath-taking beauty of a crisp blue Winter’s sky, offering a sense of peace and serenity. 


Blue is also prominent in the animal kingdom, with creatures like bluebirds and butterflies captivating us with their vibrant blue hues. These natural manifestations of blue remind us of the beauty and tranquility that can be found in the world around us.


Tip: look to nature to feel inspired by the colour blue. Which of the different tints, tones and shades of blue would you like to experiment with in your wardrobe?


Blue In Art and Design:


Artists and designers have long been drawn to the colour blue for its ability to evoke deep and peaceful emotions. For example, famous painters like Monet, Picasso and Van Gough, used shades of blue in their works to capture the essence of nature. Whilst, contemporary artists incorporate blue into their abstract compositions, as their interpretation of the natural world. Ultimately, the colour blue continues to inspire and captivate in galleries.


In design, blue is often used to create a sense of calmness and clarity. It is a popular choice for interior design, where it can produce a serene and inviting atmosphere. From light blue hues in bedrooms to dark blue accents in living rooms; blue can transform a room into a tranquil sanctuary. Blue textiles and furniture can add a touch of elegance to any space, making it a versatile choice for interiors designers.



A view of the Summer blue colour drape fan; from grey blue and medium blue to deep blue green, sky and powder blue.
Our Summers have plenty of choice when it comes to the colour blue. From left to right: Grey Navy, Charcoal Blue Grey, Grey Blue, Medium Blue, Sky Blue, Light Periwinkle Blue, Pastel Aqua, Powder Blue, Deep Blue Green, Medium Blue Green and Pastel Blue Green.


Blue In Literature and Poetry:


Writers often use the colour blue to trigger a range of emotions and imagery in their works. Blue symbolises sadness, longing or nostalgia, as seen in classic literature like F. Scott Fitzgerald’s “The Great Gatsby” and Pablo Neruda’s poetry. Blue can also represent hope, freedom and vast possibilities, as seen in the writings of Virginia Woolf and J.R.R. Tolkien.


The power of blue in literature lies in its ability to connect with our deepest emotions and transport us to different worlds. Whether it’s the blue of a forgotten memory or an endless, clear sky; writers use blue to create vivid and impactful imagery that resonates with readers.



Which Set Of Blues Are You Drawn To?

  • Winter

  • Spring

  • Summer

  • Autumn



Blue In Fashion: How The Colour Blue Varies Between The Four Colour Seasons:


Blue has always been a staple in fashion, with various tints, tones and shades representing different styles and moods. For instance whilst, light blue often portrays a fresh and youthful aesthetic; dark blue conveys elegance and sophistication. Ultimately, blue’s versatility means it can be dressed up or down, making it a timeless choice for clothing and accessories.


Winter:


Let’s start with visualising the clear, icy, blues of the Winter colour season palette. Imagine the crisp blue sky on a sunny Winter’s morning. Picture the tints of blue reflecting off of sheets of ice and snow. Plus, let’s not forget the splashes of Royal Blue seen at any lively Christmas party. 


The colours of the Winter seasonal palette are cool toned (with blue-based undertones), darker and brighter. Our Winters commonly have pink or beige, cool undertones, with blue-purple veins and a high contrast between their skin tone, hair and eye colours. 


As one of our cool (blue-based) seasons; the colour blue is very prominent on the Winter seasonal palette. For starters, consider the intensiveness of Sapphire Blue; the darkness of Rich Navy and the crispness of Icy Blue. The sharpness, brightness and coolness of these blues best suit our Winters, whilst softer blues tend to wash them out.


Here are some personal picks for blues to wear during the Winter season. If you’re a Winter, experiment with some of these blues near your face:


  • Azure Blue

  • Sapphire Blue

  • Cobalt Blue

  • Chinese Blue

  • Icy Blue

  • Victoria Blue

  • Rich Navy

  • True Blue

  • Arapawa Blue

  • Elm Blue




A diagram showing a selection of cool, bright and dark blues seen on the Winter colour season palette.
Here are some amazingly bright and cool blues for our Winters to experiment with; categorised by tonal season. From left to right: our Bright Winter blues: Cobalt Blue, Azure Blue and Sapphire Blue. Cool Winter blues: Icy Blue, Chinese Blue and Victoria Blue. Dark Winters blues: Rich Navy, True Blue, Arapawa Blue and Elm Blue.



Spring:


When we visualise this Seasonal colour palette, a vibrant array of brightly coloured flowers blooming comes to mind. Picture the golden hues reflected across the landscape radiated by the sun; situated in the bright aqua blue sky. Then, imagine the array of electric, vibrant blues seen across clothing rails on the high street.


The colours of the Spring seasonal palette are warmer (with yellow-based undertones), brighter and lighter. Our Springs generally have warm, golden undertones, with green veins and a significant contrast between their skin tone, hair and eye colours. Although their features tend to be lighter than their brighter Winter season counterpart.


As a warm season (with Autumn being the other); the colour blue is less prominent on this colour season palette. The blues we do see though, have a yellowish undertone to them. Think the warmth of yellow-based blues like Dutch Blue; the lightness of Aqua Blue and the vibrancy of Blue Jewel. The clearness, lightness and warmth of these blues will best suit our Springs. In contrast, darker colours will overpower them, whilst soft ones will wash them out.


Here’s a selection of Spring blues you can experiment with in your outfits. Remember, even if you’re not a Spring, you can wear any of these blues on your lower body:


  • Blue Jewel

  • Dutch Blue

  • Light Aqua

  • Aquamarine

  • Cornflower Blue

  • Sea Spray

  • Mallard




A diagram showing a digital swatch collection of light, bright and warm blues featured on the Spring colour season palette.
Here’s a couple of blue picks from each Spring sub-season. From left to right: our Bright Spring blues: Blue Jewel and Dutch Blue. Warm Spring: Sea Spray and Mallard. Light Spring: Aquamarine and Light Aqua.



Summer:


Now, let’s discover the soft, delicate blues of the Summer seasonal palette. Let’s visualise the frothy, dusky blues of the ocean side by side with the baby blue colour of the sky. Plus, let’s not forget the vision of slate blues and periwinkles in amongst the latest clothing collections.


The colours of the Summer seasonal palette are cool, light and muted. Summers usually have cooler undertones with blue-purple veins and a low, gentle contrast between their skin tone, hair and eye colours.  


As one of our cool, blue-based seasons (alongside Winter) the colour blue is very visible on this colour palette. Think soft Duck Egg Blue; light Iced Aqua and cool Cornflower Blue, for example. The delicate and muted nature of these blues harmonise best with the dusky, less intense features of our Summers. Whilst vibrant, darker, warmer blues will not only be too overpowering, but look insipid against their soft, cool complexion.


Here are some chosen blues from the Summer palette for you to try:


  • Periwinkle

  • Powder Blue

  • Sea Foam

  • Bluebell

  • Iced Aqua

  • Cornflower Blue

  • Duck Egg

  • Soft Teal

  • Marine Teal

  • Sultry Navy




A diagram showing a digital collection of cool, muted and light blue samples seen on the Summer seasonal palette.
Fancy wearing some of these Summer blues? From left to right: Cool Summer blues: Bluebell, Periwinkle, Sea Foam and Powder Blue. Muted Summer blues: Duck Egg Blue, Marine Teal and Sultry Navy. Light Summer blues: Iced Aqua, Soft Teal and Cornflower Blue.



Autumn:


Finally, let’s observe the spicy earthiness and richness of the Autumnal seasonal palette. Imagine the warm, golden hues seen on a mild, damp Autumn’s day. Picture the duskiness and tone of Peacock Blue in the sky. Although let’s not neglect the array of Teal and Kingfisher Blue clothing in the shops during the Fall months.


The warmth, softness and deepness of the colours on the Autumnal seasonal palette are what define it. Individuals who are Autumnal often have warmer undertones, with green veins and darker features, but lack the contrast of our Winters.


Blue is not a colour commonly associated with the Autumn colour palette. The colour blue is often associated with cooler tones, which tend to look draining against an Autumn’s complexion. Although, warmer, deeper blues like Shaded Spruce; Rich Navy and soft Marine Navy will complement their dusky, earthy Autumnal features. Whereas pastels and crisp, bright colours will likely clash with their skin tone.


Here is a selection of some Autumnal blues to wear during Fall:


  • Deep Teal

  • Rich Navy

  • Marine Navy

  • Antique Teal

  • Peacock

  • Kingfisher

  • Shaded Spruce




A digital diagram showcasing examples of the warm, muted and dark blues commonly featured on the Autumn season palette.
The Fall weather settling in is the perfect time to experiment with some of these Autumnal blues within your outfits. From left to right: Warm Autumn blues: Shaded Spruce and Kingfisher Blue. Muted Autumn blues: Marine Navy, Peacock Blue and Antique Teal. Dark Autumn blues: Deep Teal and Rich Navy.



Blue In Branding and Marketing:


Personal branding and marketing experts understand the powerful impact that colour can have on consumer perception and emotions. Blue is often used in branding strategies to convey trust, professionalism and reliability. Many well-known companies, such as Facebook and IBM incorporate shades of blue into their visual identities and logos.


Blue is also commonly used in marketing materials and advertisements to create a sense of calmness and reliability. From soothing blue backgrounds in healthcare adverts to vibrant blue product packaging; this colour has the ability to attract and engage consumers.


Wearing the colour blue can influence others perception of your personal brand and help you to create a professional first impression. The colour blue connotes:


  • Trust and Security

  • Reliability and Dependability

  • Intelligence

  • Integrity and Loyalty

  • Confidence


All traits that are important to portray within a work setting. Tip: try wearing blue during a job interview!



A close-up of a fan of Autumnal blues: marine navy, dark teal, teal, dark periwinkle, turquoise and muted turquoise.
Here’s my pick of blues for our Autumnals to try. From left to right: Marine Navy, Dark Teal, Teal, Dark Periwinkle, Turquoise and Muted Turquoise.


Blue In Spirituality and Mindfulness:


Beyond its aesthetic and emotional appeal, blue holds significant spiritual and mindfulness symbolism. In many spiritual traditions, blue is associated with the throat chakra, which is believed to govern self-expression and communication. Meditating in the presence of the colour blue can help to stimulate clear, effective communication; within ourselves and with others.


Blue is also associated with the concept of mindfulness, as it helps to calm the mind and promote tranquility. Incorporating blue elements into our meditation spaces enhances the overall experience and deepens our connection with the present moment.


Conclusion: Embracing the Calming and Inspiring Power Of Blue:


In our fast-paced world, finding moments of tranquillity and serenity is essential for our well-being. The colour blue, with its calming and inspiring qualities, offers a gateway to these peaceful moments. Whether through the natural beauty of the ocean and sky or the thoughtful styling of blue within our wardrobes. From its psychological and emotional effects to its significance in fashion; blue continues to captivate and soothe our senses.


So, embrace the inspiring power of the colour blue and allow it to guide you towards self-discovery and inner peace. 


If you would like to discover which blues best suit you (amongst other colours), book yourself a colour analysis! In-person near Winchester, UK or online.



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