Monday, 8 September 2014

Blue - The Water Element

As many of you know, Blue is my Favourite Colour! My page, Blue Anchor Bay, is named after the place in Somerset where we took the children when they were small. In this case Blue refers to the Sea. However, Blue is also the colour of the Sky, so it is a Truly Natural Colour. Indeed, it is one of the Primary Colours, along with Red and Yellow. In Feng Shui it is known as The Water Element. ( I will discuss the other 4 elements ie Metal, Earth, Wood and Fire, in future blogs.)

In Feng Shui the Water Element is thought to bring Freshness, Purity, Flow, Ease, Abundance and Renewal. In other words, the Colour Blue is Pure & Fresh. 

According to Colour Theory, Blue means Calmness, Responsibility, Peace & Strength and causes a Relaxed & Refreshed Feeling.

If you look at the colour wheel below, you will see that Blue is classed as a Cool Colour, along with Purple & Green. They sit together on one side. Purple and Green are both secondary colours being made from Blue with the addition of Red for Purple and Yellow for Green.

Traditional Hindu beliefs suggest that the body is divided into seven Chakras. These are focal points, where energy from the aura are received into the body and then distributed. The Throat Chakra is situated between the collarbones this is where they believe the Colour Blue is Distributed. It affects our throat, neck, ears and shoulders and is associated with the sense of hearing and with our thyroud gland.  (This is very interesting as I have an underactive thyroid gland!) 

In Colour Therapy, Blue is the colour of Inspiration, Peace & Tranquility. However, Blue is also associated with Depression & Sadness hence the saying 'Feeling Blue' This refers to very dark shades of Blue.

Tints & Shades...There are, of course, many shades of Blue, my Favourite is Turquoise. Tints are made by adding white to the primary colour, often referred to as pastels. Shades are made by adding other colours in varying degrees.

Shades of Blue

Colour Combinations - there are many ways of combining colours. Often a 12 segment colour wheel is used as a tool

Here you can see the combination of Blue, Green & Purple which were described above as the cool colours. They are also known as Harmonious or Analagous Colours as they sit side by side.

Another popular combination is known as Complementary Colours, this is where two colours, opposite each other on the wheel, are used together eg Blue & Orange

Another very simple way of combining colours is to use neutral tones such as Grey, I think this works well with the Turquoise

I hope you have enjoyed reading this blog. I have introduced lots of theories, some of which you may have heard of. There is too much information to include it all here but you may wish to find out more! I shall be continuing this series and discussing other Colours, Elements and Types of Colour Combinations.

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Many thanks for reading!

Best of Wishes from,

Jacqueline ⚓️💙⚓️ xxx 


  1. What a very interesting post, I shall refer back to it for information as I am very interested in the elements and colour.
    Julie xxxxxxxxx

    1. Thanks so much for your lovely comments, J!....I am so pleased you enjoyed it!.....I look forward to writing more in this series!.....:) xxx

    2. Can't wait for the colour RED. Not only my favourite colour, but my sign is FIRE!
      Julie xxxx

    3. Aha!...I may do fire next as my second Favourite colour is Purple which is also a Fire Element :) Thanks, Julie xxx