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Odds Are Good Your Favorite Color Is Blue

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It’s hard to determine who asked the world first, but the answer is clear: Blue is humankind’s favorite color, and by a fairly healthy margin.

There is scientific research to support the claim as well as a handful of marketing-driven surveys, many of which took place at different times over the past several years. Granted, it isn’t a very deep look back in history, but that there is a consensus at all is kind of amazing.

After all, why blue? What’s wrong with green, or any other color for that matter?

Clear Blue Skies

A study at the University of California, Berkeley, back in 2010 aimed to sort out why people like certain colors, and it revealed that people’s experiences drive their color preferences. The findings were not surprising, but helped scientists draw conclusions about wider global survey results that favored blue.

One such conclusion: A majority of people across cultures prefer blue because we all tend to associate it with calm weather, water and life.

Still Feeling Blue

But, how does that account for our association with the color blue and depression? It’s a little complicated, and has more to do with our culture and language than the actual color blue.

Consider: We use the word “blue” to describe sadness, but we don’t think of sad people as being blue in color.

Many cultures ascribe emotions and ideas to colors and meanings change in different parts of the world. While blue may sometimes be associated with depression in America, it denotes immortality in China, for example, and holiness in the Jewish faith.

Blue Style & Décor  

Of course, our feelings about blue are also contextual, and we may respond to it in different ways depending on mood and location. Generally, though, blue is thought to have a calming effect, which makes it a reliably wise décor choice.

Do you remember the color of the walls of the last doctor’s office you visited? It’s not a coincidence that many of them are blue.

The same effect can be achieved in your entryway, bedroom or any other space where you want to promote feelings of calm and peace. Blue paint, blue lighting shades and blue décor can all work together to make a person feel more relaxed.

So, consider adding a little splash of blue to your interior décor and maybe even consulting a local interior designer at Porch.com, especially if feeling blue just isn’t for you.

Make your guests feel at home in calm, blue tones with this laid-back accent chair and ottoman from Armen Living

This temporary wallpaper in aqua is made in the USA by Tempaper and is an easy way to see if a little more blue is right for you.

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