Emotional Interior Design: Using Blue

True blue. Blue Ribbon. Blue blood.

They all evoke the concepts and ideas of history, tradition, excellence. experience, and reliability. But, then there’s also the concept of “feeling blue”, and even “I got the blues”. As such, blue is a multifaceted spectrum of shades that can have an equally multifaceted psychological and emotional effect when it comes to your interior design.

So, what are the ins and outs of using blue in a space? Well, take a look at the infographic below and see the strengths, and even some of the things you should watch out for, when your using blue.

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As I mentioned, blue represents a wide range of associations. But, one of the big ones mentioned above is how elemental blue tends to be. Specifically, it connects with water, and with a certain kind of life affirming influence in our lives. Maybe that’s why even a little bit of blue in a room can help to remind us of that connection, even if (also above) certain other associations need to be checked.

That emotional influence of melancholia is certainly one of these. And perhaps that’s why one of the most popular and compelling contrasts to blue is the yellow spectrum, which represents cheeriness and sunshiny optimism. This influence also needs to be checked of course, which is why blue and yellow spectrums make great dance partners in your interior designs.

Your ideas?

What do you most associate with the blue spectrum? Masculinity? Melancholy? Conservatism?

How do you find ways to balance blue in your space?

Do you have favorite blue objects, furniture, heirlooms, art, that help you to anchor your space for that sense of reliability?

Tell me all about it in the comments section of this post.



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