Blue is considered the most soothing of all colours, associated with inspiration, peace and tranquility. In décor, it creates a calm, relaxing environment with the illusion of space. Colour therapists believe that it slows the pulse, lowers body temperature and reduces appetite. These qualities make it the ideal choice for bedrooms, bathrooms and even nurseries, but less so for dining-rooms, studies and other areas where you are required to be alert. (Of course, there’s no harm in sneaking in a little aqua into your living room if your family is particularly rambunctious.) Blue is also a wonderful colour for offices, as it can promote clear thinking, as well as for hospitals and clinics.
Blue is a cool colour and associated with loyalty, serenity, authority, protection, peace, tranquility, stability, unity, trust, truth, confidence, conservatism and security – just think how many uniforms and businessmen’s suits are blue. It is also associated with cleanliness and order. If blue is your favourite colour, others probably tend to feel safe in your company, as you are non-threatening, reliable, trustworthy and sincere. You are also likely to be ambitious and intelligent.
Too much blue, particularly very dark shades, can be cold and unwelcoming. Keep things friendly, instead of clinical, by sticking to blues with warm undertones.
Green: the energy of green counters the passivity of blue
Red: the hot properties of red balances out the coolness of blue
Grey: blue and grey create an understated elegant look
Light brown, tan or beige: combined with sky blue or robin's egg blue, these colours evoke an environmentally friendly feel
White: white and dark blue create one of the crispest colour schemes there is
Silver: the pairing of dark blue and metallic silver is elegant and rich, making it a popular choice for beauty products' packaging.