Working with and understanding the impact of colour is an intrinsic part of the work of a designer. Wherever we are, we are surrounded by an abundance of colours. We can experience them emotionally; finding them visually pleasing or unnerving. Colour is a truly personal choice and there are always the one(s) we really like and the one(s) we cannot bear. When it comes to seeing or choosing a colour, be it in terms of interiors or fashion, we probably all have a different shade in mind. Over the next couple of weeks, I’m going to explore the main colours, focusing on theirs variations in tone, their names and their use in art and interiors, starting with blue.
Although blue is described as a favorite colour by many people, a majority would consider blue to be a cold colour and therefore they tend to shy away from it when it comes to using it in their home. Blue can indeed be icy, cool and can sometimes look pale or dull but, contrary to popular belief, it can also be warm, rich and sophisticated. Blue can create a sense of freshness, tranquility, reverie, or even of sadness. When it comes to paler or deeper shades. It can also bring out a feeling of happiness, freedom or sometimes power and can be totally uplifting.
I’ve tried to list as many blues as possible and I have grouped them into three main categories from icy blues to moderate and deep blues.
ICY: Alice blue*, glacier blue, duck egg blue, powder blue, ice blue, silvery blue, aquamarine, baby blue, celeste blue, opal blue, light blue, antique blue, cornflower blue, sky blue, Russian blue, lagoon blue, celadon blue.
MODERATE: Cobalt blue, turquoise, delphinium blue, Wedgewood blue, Forget-me-not blue, electric blue, Airforce blue, cyan blue, Antwerp blue, royal blue, Dresden blue, Delf blue, denim blue, sapphire blue, cerulean blue, lapis lazuli.
DEEP: Slate blue, Steel blue, Smoke Blue, Saxe blue, Medici blue, Persian blue, Prussian blue, navy blue, indigo blue, midnight blue.
*Alice blue gets its name from Alice Roosevelt-Longworth (1884 – 1980) who inspired a fashion trend for women to wear this shade of blue.