Blue

Blue
What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you see blue?
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Psychologically blue is the coolest color. Blue colored rooms feel 10 degrees cooler than they measure. Tied with atmospheric effects it is associated with distance. With the long view come associations of objectivity and intelligence. Intense introspection often leads to philosophy and moral considerations. Associations include perfection, virtue, truth, trustworthiness, sincerity, purity, incorruptibility, and stability. Some cultures believe blue contains an antisceptic properties able to counteract contamination. Blue takes a tempered approach promoting safety, security, and peace. Blue relaxes, calms, and promotes sleep. Too much blue can lead to negative emotions of loneliness, melancholy and depression. In contemporary culture blue is associated with conservative values and corporate culture.
Images
sky
water
ice
Expressions
feeling blue …
once in a blue moon …
out of the blue …
into the blue …
blue blooded …
blue language …
blue book, laws, nose …
true blue …
baby blues …
Words
azure, baby, beryl, cerulean, cobalt, cornflower, cyan, indigo, midnight, navy, Prussian, robin’s egg, royal, sapphire, slate, sky, steel
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17 Comments

  • jahartford

    23.09.2009 at 09:36 Reply

    open, water, lost… am I projecting?

  • johnpaulcaponigro

    23.09.2009 at 09:42 Reply

    If you are, it’s good to know what you habitually project. Awareness brings insight and more opportunities.

  • johnpaulcaponigro

    23.09.2009 at 09:46 Reply

    depth
    infinite
    empyrean
    heaven not yet white
    the abyss lit up

  • Kathy Beal

    23.09.2009 at 10:51 Reply

    cold
    crisp
    water
    uncomfortable – to me its the polar opposite of my favorite color, red, and I’m not naturally drawn to it (even though I love the water!)

  • jmonheim

    23.09.2009 at 11:22 Reply

    This particular shade of blue looks like periwinkle to me, with a subtle touch of purple…. too concentrated and contrived to be in the natural world, other than as streaks in an outrageous flower or sunset. I think of freshness, newness, clarity, high altitude thinking. It’s a mental color and connotes purity.

  • bamyva

    23.09.2009 at 12:54 Reply

    What I see in Blue:
    Heaven, spiritual, peace, transcendence

  • Julia

    23.09.2009 at 14:18 Reply

    images: bathing suits, summertime, sno-cones.
    expressions: your lips are blue, your tongue is blue from the lollipop.
    language: royal blue

  • fotofinish

    23.09.2009 at 16:03 Reply

    …till you are blue in the face!
    …and don’t ask me how or why, but I sometimes feel the color blue is a sign of loyaly, as in true blue…
    —jerryg

  • shayne

    23.09.2009 at 16:52 Reply

    this blue is more purple to me:)
    graphic art
    not natural
    intense

  • Michael J. Hoffman

    23.09.2009 at 18:26 Reply

    The first thing that came to my mind was honor, values, sincerity, trustworthiness. Then, upon reflection: sadness, melancholy and ache (as the color of a bruise). Last but not least, the calm blue of the sea, and the sky on a sunny cloudless day.
    mh++

  • Mr. Muskrat

    23.09.2009 at 18:44 Reply

    Hmm.
    Sky, water, depression, JetBlue, FedEx, IBM (funny they didn’t come before JetBlue), American Express, blue lips, cold, peppermint gum

  • Sam Krisch

    23.09.2009 at 19:11 Reply

    High altitude

  • Margie Willensky

    23.09.2009 at 21:05 Reply

    sky
    ocean
    sunset
    eyes
    sleep
    calm
    intense
    solid

  • olaf

    24.09.2009 at 13:13 Reply

    Maybe my rods and cones are confused but I see this as near purple, so…
    smart/upmarket
    flowers, cornflower
    India
    mysterious
    wisdom

  • ct.caponigroarts

    25.09.2009 at 10:28 Reply

    calm
    ocean
    serenity
    cool

  • trace

    26.09.2009 at 03:33 Reply

    quiet
    sea song
    water
    home
    indigo
    dreams
    sky
    tranquility

  • JohnLDE

    26.06.2011 at 11:56 Reply

    Is it RGB Blue? I think so.
    Pure blue? I think so.
    color of my bedroom walls
    favorite color for shirts
    jeans
    robin’s egg
    blue birds
    deep blue
    blue sky
    peaceful

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