Paint Your Ceilings Blue

Picture being outdoors and having a great time, whether boating, motorcycling, picnicking, jogging, or just enjoying a long walk. Staying in this feeling-good imaginary moment, stop whatever you are doing, and look up. What color do you see? Is it white? No, probably not. Most of us associate a happy sunny day with blue skies, yet, when indoors, whether at home or at work, most people live under a blanket of whiteness. And what would we associate with all that whiteness if we were outside? Clouds, rain, or the chance rain—conditions that impinge upon having that great time. 

Depending on the shade, psychologists, colorologists, and chromotherapists have associated blue with: calmness, sincerity, trusting, authority, protectiveness, and healing. Medical experiments have shown that blue can help reduce high blood pressure. Our Noetitek™ system informs us that concepts expressed through sky blue are: “potential,” “awakening,” “positive expectation,” “emergence,” and “becoming.” Not coincidentally, pure cobalt blue corresponds with the dimension of Time through which all forms are made manifest (see our post: “The Color of Time” for more on blue related to time). To unbind the mind, use blue—light as well as pigment. 

The blue that we are suggesting you paint your ceilings is a “sky blue.” Of course, sky blue is not a scientific or universal description, and it is not the same hue that appears in everyone’s mind’s eye. For many people, their favorite “sky blue” is a somewhat powdery blue while others prefer a bolder or brighter blue, one that they might recall experiencing in their favorite summer vacation spot or that lingers in memories of childhood playgrounds. In any case, something truly blue—as opposed to greenish blue or indigo—is 180 degrees better for influencing a sense of well-being than stark white or egg-shell ceilings, unless you happen to be addicted to sterile environments. 

Corporate managers might think it a bad idea to encourage calmness, because stress is often wrongly considered a “motivational given” with respect to productive activity while aimless daydreaming is often wrongly associated with cool coloration, but studies have shown that, everything else being equal, workplaces that display a lot of blue are actually more productive. Blue also has been shown to boost creativity, and blue ceilings in IQ testing rooms have been correlated with achievement of higher scores. In addition to expansive skies, blue is also associated with voluminous waters, which may explain why everything seems to flow more smoothly when influenced by certain hues of blue. 

Painting ceilings blue is just a suggested starting point for creating happier, healthier home and work environments. In the right amounts, other colors can also have positive targeted effects in appropriate power-spots throughout both work and home settings. Red, for example, can be energizing without fueling stressful thoughts when modestly applied. Together with the right mix of colors, black (or dark color) and white or off-white can be used to supply powerful background and framing effects. 

Windows that allow views of complementary exterior settings add a positive influence as well. However, if the neighborhood is unattractive, you can create the illusion of uplifting external scenes by muralizing a portion of the interior and strategically placing some high-quality natural-looking artificial plants. Carefully located stained-glass windows and/or fixtures—whether solid-colored or abstract-patterned—can be powerful mood-enhancers too. Hire a professional who uses our Noetitek Art™ concepts, or dare to experiment. But, first, paint the ceilings blue.


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