Designer    Opinion 06 Sep 2017

Trend spot – we speak to designer Tim Higham about the current fashion for rich blues

Tim Higham, Founder of Higham Furniture, explains why blue is a regular choice in their kitchen designs…

The psychological effects of the colour blue are universal. Almost everyone enjoys looking into a blue sky and across a lake or the sea because there is something soothing about an expanse of blue. It appears to free the mind. In interior decorating, you can use the colour blue to create a reflective, calming atmosphere: it’s not easy to overheat emotionally and get upset or aggressive in a ‘cool’ environment – and the colour blue has actually been shown to lower our blood pressure and heart rate.

Blue is one of the most beguiling colours in the history of art. Blue light has a wavelength between 380nm and 500nm, making it one of the shortest, highest- energy wavelengths. Seen from space, our planet is blue: its clear skies and vast expanses of ocean appear blue because of an optical effect is known as Rayleigh scattering. When sunlight passes through the atmosphere, the blue wavelengths are scattered more widely by the oxygen and nitrogen molecules. Van Gogh said: “Cobalt is a divine colour and there is nothing so beautiful for putting atmosphere around things…”, while for Kandinsky, it was the most spiritual colour: “The deeper it is the more it awakens the desire for the eternal.”

At Higham Furniture, we regularly use blue in our kitchens. Blue is becoming one of the most sought-after colours among our clients because it is colourful without forcing an atmosphere. It doesn’t matter how strong you go, it leaves a room to be playful and daring with dashes of Cobalt.

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