Color Series: The Meaning Behind Blue

Welcomemeaning of blue back, everyone! This is the 5th installment in the Color Series.

Today’s guest color is blue!

“The deeper the blue becomes, the more strongly it calls man towards the infinite, awakening in him a desire for the pure and, finally, for the supernatural… The brighter it becomes, the more it loses its sound, until it turns into silent stillness and becomes white.” – Wassily Kandinsky

What Does Blue Mean?

Blue can be representative of both the sky and the sea, which then lends itself to representing freedom. Along with this, blue can also be associated with depth, trust, loyalty, wisdom, and confidence.

When it comes to the effects on the human body, blue has some positive outcomes. The color blue instills a sense of rest and will even cause the body to produce chemicals that aid in the process. It slows down the metabolism and can help with balance. Blue can also be an appetite suppressant.

meaning of blue Not all blues have this affect, however. Brighter blues can be seen as dramatic and a “charged” color. Too much blue can come off as cold or uncaring. An abundance of blue can instill a sense of negativity, self-righteousness, and self-centeredness. Too little brings about suspicion, stubbornness, and unreliability.

In context, blue can be seen as light and friendly and symbolize sincerity. Many religious beliefs are connected to the color blue. In Iran it symbolizes mourning, where as in the West it is a part of the wedding tradition “something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue.”

Blue is often associated with significance, importance, and confidence. Many corporate suits are a dark blue and important uniforms (such as police officers) are blue as well.

Some Cultural Connections to Blue:meaning of blue

  • The phrase “out of the blue” refers to something that was unexpected.
  • “Singing the blues” refers to someone who is complaining about their circumstances.
  • “Blue language” refers to the use of profanity.
  • When baby boys are born, they will have something blue with them. This could be the blanket, the hospital bracelet, or possibly even the clothes they are wearing. The difference (pink for girls, blue for boys) was actually the outcome of a marketing ploy that didn’t stick until about the 1980’s.
  • In China, blue represents immortality.
  • The phrase “once in a blue moon” refers to something that happens very sparingly.
  • Picasso is widely known for his blue paintings that were done during his “blue period.”

For all those who are interested, Hunakai Studio will be having color theory workshops for those who are interested in learning more about the interactions and mixing of colors. Contact us for more details!