6 Fascinating Facts About Blue

Apr 8, 2013 | Sensory Goodness

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(Damien Hirst)

Color is such an integral part of our lives, affecting our physical  mental and emotional states profoundly.  Inspired by this New York Times Article on the the rare and wildly compelling appearance of blue in nature as well as its complex implications, here is a fun (and useful!) list of facts you might not know about blue.  

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(Mark Rothko)

A few fun facts about blue: 

  • It makes eating very unappealing, so its a great dieting color for plates. 
  • It is a color shown to help you solve creative problems.  (while green stimulates creativity, blue is suggested for creative problem solving)
  • Blue can help you stay physically calmer, regulating heart beat and breathing in studies of video gamers!
  • Blue pigment was so rare in nature that historically it was prized in a lavish way.
  • Sick children prefer to be taken care of by people wearing blue (note to moms, dads and nannies)
  • Whereas other colors in nature tend to be a function of pigment, blue color tends to be created by an object’s actual structure.  Blue, in a sense, is built-in where it is mainly found in nature. How cool and sort of mystical!

Check out the full New York Times article HERE.  Its quite a trip! xoxo Dana

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6 Comments

  1. Allison

    Thank you so much for posting this! Honestly, I have been so drawn to blue these days, I was beginning to feel like I had a complex. I had just noticed the last four things I purchased were blue (artwork, jewelry etc) that I almost emailed you to see if you could expand on the energy of blue and here you did it without me even asking. 🙂 This is so awesome! Thanks!
    Xoxo

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  2. Chelsea

    That is really interesting!!! I’ve been using blue a lot in my art lately and was wondering what impact the colour might have on the viewer!

    Reply

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