Shades of Blue!—August 11, 2021
The color blue
Blue was not always my cup of tea. I did not care much for rooms painted any shade of blue, or fabrics or furnishings that had blue in them. As I grew older, blue became an acquired taste. Don't get me wrong, I actually liked the color blue, but I did not know I did. I have always been in love with the ocean and the sky--so many emotions just thinking about them... They are both blue, and I have always felt peace and a sense of healing just by looking at them. So, apparently, I have always liked the color blue after all!
These days, I can say for sure that I absolutely love every shade of the color blue, and it is a color that gives me comfort and serenity.
A few meanings of the color blue
Blue has many meanings, and those meanings differ depending on the part of the world. It can represent wisdom, loyalty, trust, or royalty. It can also give us a feeling of protection and stability. As I mentioned before, it's the color of the sky and the sea, both of which are vast and endless; therefore, blue can represent freedom. It gives us a sense of calm, relaxation, and comfort, which can help us sleep and breathe better. It can be cool and grounded, and it can also create an elegant look.
In Feng Shui, blue represents new beginnings, growth, and healing. It is said in Feng Shui that a blue door symbolizes prosperity and youth and inspires confidence.
Too much use of the color blue can create feelings of depression, sadness, and loneliness. If one has strong emotions about blue, it is best to stay away from it or just use it for small accents in a room.
A little history of blues
The first blue dye was manufactured in Egypt. Its name was Egyptian blue. Later, the Egyptians produced azure dye from the mineral azurite. Ultramarine came from the mines in Afghanistan, the lapis lazuli mineral. Smalt, a ground blue potassium glass containing cobalt, was also discovered by the Egyptians. It was inexpensive, compared to ultramarine, so 15th- and 16th-century artists used it in their paintings. After smalt, Prussian blue, cobalt, cerulean, and indigo blue were produced. Indigo was introduced in the 1600s, and it came from India. In the United States, some blues became iconic; for example, blue jeans, or Tiffany blue! Blue is also used frequently in social media and advertising, including in the logos of Facebook and Twitter. Blue is beautiful and magical and is a soothing color--we could all use a bit of this color in our daily lives. 💙
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Shades of Blue!—August 10, 2021
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Take a look at the mood board I created with shades of blue for your home. I hope you love it as much as I do, and if so, shop it!
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My book recommendation for this week:
Written by Steffanie Strathdee, Thomas Patterson, and Teresa Barker, this book is a real-life thriller. It describes the extraordinary journey of a wife's desperate ordeal to try to save her husband from a potentially deadly infection with an antibiotic-resistant superbug. I loved this book so much! I cried, I laughed, and I fell in love with their journey. I could not put it down! This is a book that will stay with me for many years to come, and I can't recommend it enough--I am sure you will love "The Perfect Predator"!
Designing a Good Life:
I am so thankful that you follow my blog and for your support of my new journey! I wish you, your family, and friends a beautiful and peaceful week, and remember to create a Good Life! Much love, Mané