“There is no blue without yellow and without orange.” — Vincent Van Gogh
Growing up, my favorite color was blue. No matter what the shade – light, dark, navy, royal, indigo, teal blue, powder blue, and sky blue – I would gravitate to anything within that range of color. Later in my adult years, blue was still my go-to color for decorating bedrooms, living rooms, and for varied accessories, shoes, and dresses, etc. I don’t know what it was, but there was something about the color blue that spoke to me.
I was surfing the internet recently and came across the website of color expert, Kate Smith, who has some very interesting facts about the color blue which I have summarized to share with you.
The color blue has the affect of calming, cooling, and uplifting the senses. In the garden, blue is one of the cooler colors in landscape design that brings a soothing element to the garden and visually helps to make a small space appear larger. The color blue is the least common color in the foods we eat, and Blueberries are the favorite of blue foods – known for their health benefits. We have all heard popular phrases that include blue, for example: Out of the blue: when something is unexpected; True blue: to be loyal or faithful; Once in a blue moon: an event that occurs infrequently; or Feeling blue: to feel sad or unhappy. These phrases all use the word blue to express some meaning, feeling, or state of things.
Yes, the blues are everywhere, even in the freshness of a new day sky! It is no wonder I was drawn to this color!
More recently while re-decorating my home; I decided to release my attachment to the blues and gave away my blue/gold draperies, cushions, and other blue colored decor accessories to a woman – a total stranger – who fell in love with and bought my cream, accented in blue paisley, sofa. She was speechless at the generosity! She acknowledged that she was ministered to that evening. She cried! I embraced! She received! I released! Both of us cherished a sense of new beginnings.