What is the meaning of the blue color

Color symbolism: the meaning of blue

Blue as the color of feeling is as contradictory as our feelings themselves: The meanings diverge from melancholy, sad blue to relaxed, collecting blue. Blue often looks cool and is associated with the sky and the sea, with great experiences of nature. To a certain extent, blue becomes the color of the unreal, the shadowy. This also illustrates the development of languages: the ancient Romans, for example, had no word for blue, the Icelanders use the same word to designate all colors between black and blue, and neither the ancient Egyptians nor some primitive peoples linguistically differentiate between blue and green.


But blue also creates a distance between the color and the viewer, because it becomes diffuse and deep - pale blue disappears in height, medium blue moves away from the horizon and dark blue sinks into the depths.

In Christianity, blue as the color of the sky has always been associated with the divine, the supernatural. The color was once considered feminine and was attributed to the Virgin Mary. In contrast to the earthly, present red, blue symbolizes the unreal. It stands equally for the dream of freedom, infinite space, but also for introversion and retreat into oneself. Blue stands for gentleness - but in contrast to the present, serene green, blue is calm through distance. At the same time, blue also represents clear prudence, objectivity, neutrality and clarity - this instills trust and conveys a feeling of security. For this reason, banks and insurance companies like to use the color blue for their company logos.

Light, icy shades of blue are cool, sometimes even cold - they symbolize a "clear head" and a liberated mind.

Light blue / sky blue

Light blue tones seem to get lost in lofty heights. They free the mind and give a feeling of cool freshness. Like all shades of blue, a sky blue seems far and intangible. It is light, airy and fleeting and seems to be reinventing itself over and over again.

Dark blue / indigo / night blue:

Dark shades of blue are like the unfathomable sea - deep and wide. The inaccessibility of medium blue is heightened in the deep nuances into a melancholy contemplation. A dark blue provides for inner contemplation, for answering philosophical questions about being. Dark blue is not traditionalistic or rigid like a dark fir green, but stands for the constant new confrontation with the truth - which, like the color, is difficult to fathom. It is the color of philosophers and thinkers, it stands for the understanding of complex relationships through the necessary foresight. But of course blue also has the meaning of sovereignty, strength, reliability and trust.

More colors and their meanings

Also learn about the meanings of green, yellow, orange, red, and purple.

Vollmar, Klausbernd (2017): Colors. What they mean and how they work; Knaur: Munich.
Wolf, Isabelle (2011): What colors say. Understand the language of colors and use them skillfully in furnishings and fashion; Goldmann: Munich.

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