Blue’s Cues

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Have you ever seen a color and have it bring back memories?

Designer Joe Ruggiero introduced a blue-and-white collection for spring.

Designer Joe Ruggiero introduced a blue-and-white collection for spring.

That’s what the color blue does for me. In high school, my best friend’s favorite color was blue. Not surprising since over 80% of the world’s population choose blue as their favorite color.  He had a ’68 Camaro, named her Blue Eyes. She was temperamental to say the least. 

I have since measured all blues to her standards. It’s pure enough to ignite happiness and just the right depth to add an air of mystery — the same color that brightened the deep chocolates and beiges of the Holly Hobby bedroom set I had growing up. (Yes, I’m dating myself now!)

The winning showroom at June’s Showtime textile market in High Point was Se7en and featured a denim·ology theme.

The winning showroom at June’s Showtime textile market in High Point was Se7en and featured a denim·ology theme.

Blue, depending on the shade, has the emotional power of a GIANT!  It has the power to give strength to a room that is lacking. It is a strong negotiator and can even curb our appetites. The color can hold us tight and help us feel protected. We sleep better surrounded by blue, allowing our bodies to relax in its presence. It’s the color of the ocean. Cool, relaxing and enough mystery to keep us intrigued, which it has for hundreds of years.

Italian manufacturer Kartell features its iconic tray in vibrant blue hues in the Bologna, Italy store.

Italian manufacturer Kartell features its iconic tray in vibrant blue hues in the Bologna, Italy store.

The Egyptians used dyes for clothing and Lapis Lazuli in jewelry. Ultramarine, the most expensive pigment, was used during the Renaissance. The Chinese had blue and white porcelain.  Not only has blue stood the test of time, it actually makes time stand still. Ten minutes in a blue room can feel like ten hours. 

The good news is… blue lowers our blood pressure. So if your life tends to run 100 mph and stress is an everyday occurrence, then this color can help you chillax. Blue is every color’s friend, which is why it’s referred to as True Blue. Blue can hold hands with any color and feel important. It will ground the lively colors of yellow, hot pink and lime, while complementing the deep colors like chocolate, purple and green. 

Designer MaLinda Perry says that blue’s natural complement is orange, a sentiment echoed on spring fashion runways.

Designer MaLinda Perry says that blue’s natural complement is orange, a sentiment echoed on spring fashion runways.

Its true companion will always be orange.  Together they bring out each other’s strengths…very complimentary, no pun intended.

This is the color of patriotism, vigilance and justice. It’s part of the power three that built this country; Red, White and Blue. Blue will always stand the tallest when our country is faced with challenges — economic, elections or even war. So it’s certainly not surprising that this color had made it to the forefront of design once again. After all, blue — perhaps more than any other color — invokes loyalty and reminds us of freedom.