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The Psychology of Color: Blue

Add a dose of blue to your home interior.

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Calming and neutral, blue is the most-liked color in the world. People typically associate this color with peace, tranquility and relaxation. It is also predictable, safe and non-threatening — qualities that can be used to good effect, especially in your home. 

Since it stimulates clear thought and aids concentration, blue is a good color to use in places where this is needed, such as offices. A blue pinstripe rug, like this one from Restoration Hardware, can pull an office together, while The Tailor Sofa by Crate&Barrel adds some color to any home work space or living room.

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Research has also shown that people are actually more productive in blue rooms. It also promotes clear communication and trust, which makes it well-suited for intimate spaces like bedrooms. A pale blue ceiling above the bed, for example, helps convey both sense of freedom and inner security. If you’re looking to add a little more blue in the bedroom, the Jacqueline Blue Chest by Horchow is also a unique and fun way to bring some blue accents into the room. 

Despite its popularity, blue is one of the least appetizing colors. It rarely occurs naturally in food, except for blueberries and a few kinds of plums. Humans are programmed to avoid foods that contain blue because it can often be a sign that the food is spoiled or poisonous (or contains lots of additives and food coloring). Because of these unappetizing qualities, some diet programs recommend eating on a blue plate to decrease appetite — but since blue promotes calmness, it also can slow the metabolism. Either way, it is probably wise to limit your blue in kitchens and dining rooms.

Long associated with royalty, blue communicates a feeling of quality, history and higher ideals — implying something greater than ourselves. It is a color that effortlessly bridges past, present and future. Try adding a little to your home!