Color Blue


Color Blue | Symbols Blue is thought to represent hope, good health and the state of servitude

Color is a vital part of a visual symbol and the color blue has deep significance. It is used in symbols all over the world to represent emotions, politics, religion, gender, science, art and mythology.

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Color Blue - Meaning
The word for the color blue comes from the French word 'bleu'. In Thailand, Japan and Korea the same word is used to describe the word blue and green. To describe blue, they use the actual shade, eg. Light, Baby, Pale, Sky and Dark. The color blue is used to describe being low in spirits; "lonely and blue". It is also however also used to describe a noble person "a blue family"; "blue blood"; "the blue-blooded aristocracy". The following quote from the 17th century poem by 17th century written by Samuel Butler entitled 'Hudibras' illustrates how the color blue is used to represent religious views:

"For his Religion, it was fit, To match his learning and his wit; 'Twas Presbyterian true blue;".

Color - HTML
Color is displayed using a combination of Red, Green and Blue light (RGB). HTML (HyperText Markup Language) is a markup language used by web browsers to format web pages. In HTML colors are defined using a system known as hexadecimal notation (HEX). Each color is assigned a HEX value depending on the combination of Red, Green, and Blue (RGB) the user wishes to display. The lowest HEX value that can be assigned to a light sources is 0 (HEX:00). The highest HEX value that can be assigned to a light sources is 255 in (HEX:FF). HEX values are displayed as three pairs of two-digit numbers, starting with a # sign.
For example, the HTML for one of the shades of blue is Hex (#0000FF) and RGB(0,0,255). The hex color code #0000FF is just one variation of blue; many other shades of blue are possible. In fact the combination of Red, Green, and Blue values from 0 to 255 results in more than 16 million different colors (256 x 256 x 256). Some examples of shades of the color blue are shown below:

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Facts about the Color Blue

  • Colors Symbol Fact 1: In ancient Egypt gods and kings were portrayed with blue wigs and beards

  • Colors Symbol Fact 2: It is considered a symbol of peace and purity

  • Colors Symbol Fact 3: In the 18th century it was the color of liberty and revolution

  • Colors Symbol Fact 4: In 19th century Britain, this color was considered authoritative and it became the uniform colour of policemen

  • Colors Symbol Fact 5: In 1829 the first London Metropolitan police force was established, Sir Robert Peel decided that their first uniform jacket was dark blue. The dark blue jacket remained until the 1990's when it was replaced by a black one. The shirt and sweater remain blue, NATO blue to be exact!

  • Colors Symbol Fact 6: The Hindu divinity Krishna is blue in color

  • Colors Symbol Fact 7: It is the color of the Virgin Mary

  • Colors Symbol Fact 8: When Henry VIII declared himself King of Ireland, the coat of arms was a gold harp on a blue field

  • Colors Symbol Fact 9: An old English wedding tradition states that brides should wear something blue on their wedding day (usually a garter) to ensure they remain faithful to their husband

  • Colors Symbol Fact 10: The emblem for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, better known as NATO IS a white and blue compass on a dark blue background

  • Symbols Fact 11: In Irish mythology, Flaitheas Éireann was represented as a woman in a blue robe

  • Symbols Fact 12: In English, the phrase "Blue Joke" refers to a dirty, rude or adult joke

  • Symbols Fact 13: It is the most common color of the gemstone sapphire. A more pastel shade would be less popular than a vivid blue but would still be priced higher than an over dark blackish blue color

Color Blue - Dream Symbols
The study and interpretation of dreams is called Oneirology, the term comes from the Greek word 'oneiros' which means dream. It is thought that dreams have two meanings: a general meaning where the dream is told as a symbolic story and an individual meaning, which is specific to the dreamer. The following interpretation of the meaning of the color blue in dreams is taken from the book entitled "10,000 Dreams" interpreted by Gustavus Hindman Miller:

  • The symbolism of blue is hope, good health and the state of servitude. To dream of blue apparel, signifies carrying forward to victory your aspirations, through energetic, insistent efforts. Friends will loyally support you

Symbols - Different Shades of Blue
The following are some examples of the different shades:

  • Aqua

  • Aquamarine

  • Azure

  • Baby

  • Cerulean

  • Cobalt

  • Egyptian

  • Navy

  • Powder

  • Prussian

  • Resolution

  • Royal

  • Sapphire

  • Sky

  • Steel blue

  • Turquoise

  • Ultramarine

Color - Symbols
Color has been used in symbols to depict emotions, personality and religion since ancient times and many colors have mystical properties associated with them. One of the the easiest ways to identify something immediately regardless of language or culture is through color. A baby dressed in pink is an obvious sign that the gender of the infant is female despite the language or country. A red road sign warns us of danger even if we might not recognise the symbol instantly. A country or sports team use colors to identify themselves through their flag and its colours. Colors are often mentioned in everyday language as well as literary terms to portray a persons feelings or emotions, being "green with envy" or "in a black mood" are familiar terms to describe jealously and feeling down.

"Signs and Symbols rule the world, not rules and law"
– Confucius (551–479 BC)

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Color Blue

  • Facts about colors

  • Color in Religion

  • Dreaming of the color Blue

  • Significance of different colors

  • History of colors

  • Shades of colors


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Pictures and Videos of Color Blue
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