by Emily Clarey
Blue is one of the most prominent colours in everyday life. From the sky to the sea, its association with nature is only rivalled by green. Considering its importance, it's hard to believe that the Ancient Greeks didn’t even have a word for the colour! It was only when the Ancient Egyptian's came along that blue was given its own identity as it began appearing in gems and paintings.
Throughout history, blue has had many associations. The Catholic church chose the shade ‘Ultramarine’ to feature in the Virgin Mary’s dress which led to associations with trust or innocence. The trustworthy nature of blue has even filtered down into advertising and social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn have played on these positive connotations.
Psychologically people also find it to be peaceful and calming. In interior design, the colour is used as a tool to bring the feeling of nature into a room and to bring calming tones, whilst its links to cleanliness and hygiene (because of its association with water) make its popular for bathrooms.
In artwork, the power of the colour is clearly evident. Yves Klein’s paintings using the human body to create artwork with blue paint cemented its importance in the art world. So much so, that there is now a shade named Yve Klein Blue. No matter what shade, it is hard to deny the eye catching quality and unique tranquility emitted by the colour blue. If you want to know more about this fascinating colour, or any others for that matter, see our article exploring how colour affects our perceptions of artwork...
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