Color Psychology– Mineral Blue

Mineral colors are often found in nature, and are a very harmonious color scheme for your interior.  To achieve this look for your home you want to consider an analogous or monochromatic color palette, with the blue and green color family.  Often used in a family room or living room it can create an expansive quality with a whisper of elegance throughout.   Blue is associated with the ocean and sky and is perceived as a constant in our lives so it implements a fresh serene interior.

Things to Consider

  • Light vs. Dark colors in enlarging your space
  • Don’t be afraid to take risk, paint colors aren’t a permanent change
  • Changing the color scheme of a room has more of an impact than meets the eye. By repainting your room, you change the entire atmosphere and how it affects you and your emotions
  • Consider what emotions you want your rooms to evoke before selecting color scheme
  • The type of light your room receives can guide you to selecting your room colors
  • Colors that appear in nature will blend perfectly in your home interior

Now to review the main colors throughout the mineral color scheme:



Blue is the color of the mind and is essentially soothing; it affects us mentally rather the physically.  Strong blues will stimulate clear thoughts and lighter soft blues will calm the mind and aid concentration.  Consequently it is serene and mentally calming and is the color of clear communication.



Positive: Calm, Committed, Communication, Conservative, Coolness, Dependable, Duty, Efficiency, Idealism, Intelligence, Logic, Love, Loyalty, Peaceful, Security, Serenity, Reflection, Tranquil, Trustworthy,

Negative: Aloofness, Coldness, Distant, Fear, Isolated, Lack of Emotion, Unfriendliness,

Physical: Aids Intuition Lower Blood Pressure, Calms & Sedates, Cools, Decreases Appetite,

Light/Medium Blue: Calming, Cool, Fresh, Restful

Deep Blue: Classic, Credible, Traditional

Teal: Pleasing, Rich

Tips with Blue

  • Blue can be used in practically every room in your home as long as you take advantage of the different shades of blue and how they evoke certain moods
  • Bright blues, for example, are great for pops of color through the living room or kitchen
  • Darker blues are fantastic for bedrooms because of their ability to promote peace and restful sleep
  • Navy blue inhibits people’s willingness to communicate
  • People are often more productive in blue rooms
  • Rooms lit with blue spectrum light (found in both sunlight & LEDs) promotes alertness
  • As the collective color of the spirit, it invokes rest and can cause the body to produce chemicals that are calming



Strikes the eye in such a way as to require no adjustment to your eyes and is therefore restful.  Being in the center of the spectrum, it is the color of balance a more important concept than people realize.  When the world around us contains plenty of green, this indicates the presence of water, and little danger of famine, so we are reassured by green on a primitive level.  Negatively is can indicate stagnation and incorrectly used will be perceived as being too bland.



Balance, Calming, Environmental Awareness, Equilibrium, Fertility, Freshness, Friendly, Growth, Harmony, Health/Healing, Money, Nature, Neutral, Peace, Reassurance, Refreshment, Rejuvenating, Rest, Restoration, Sociability, Tranquility, Universal Love

Negative: Blandness, Boredom, Enervation, Envy, Guilt, Jealously, Money, Stagnation

Physical: Attention, Concentration, Focus, Harmony, Helps Alleviate Nervousness/Anxiety/Depression, Offers a Sense of Renewal/Self-Control, Relaxes Mentally and Physically, Soothes, Promotes Togetherness

Yellow Green/Light Green: Freshness, Youth

Medium Green: Honesty, Practicality

Deep green: Affluence, Cool, Classic, Rich, Stability, Traditional

Blue Green: Cooling, Refreshing, Soothing

Tips with Green

  • Concentrate in your home office with green; it inspires concentration in a home office setting
  • Use rich greens like emerald and forest in rooms where luxury and elegance are key atmospheres
  • Avoid lime green or a yellow-green in bedrooms as they are very energetic colors
  • The human eye is most sensitive to green and able to discern the most shades of this color
  • Views of green foliage & green landscapes have been shown to reduce symptoms of ADD in children
  • Workers in green environments have fewer stomach aches
  • Green is second to blue as favorite color
  • Green is the pervasive color in the natural world, making it an ideal backdrop in interior design because we are so used to seeing it everywhere



Brown consists of red and yellow, with a large percentage of black.  Consequently, it is as much of the same seriousness as black but is warmer and softer.  It has elements of the red and yellow properties, and has associations with the earth and the natural world.  It is a solid, reliable color and most people find it quietly supportive.



Conservative, Earthiness, Friendly, Longevity, Nature, Outdoors, Practicality, Reliability, Seriousness, Support, Warmth, Wholesomeness

Negative: Boredom, Dogmatic, Heaviness, Lack of Humor, Lack of Sophistication

Cream/Ivory: Elegance, Purity, Represents Calm

Tan/Beige: Represents Conservatism & Devoutness

Tips with Brown

  • Blend brown for a natural look in your den: If you love the look of wood or leather or already incorporate this earthy natural look in any room of your house, adding some brown paint can amplify the appearance
  • A stable color, brown can be associated with experience & comfort


Consider You’re Color Schemes When Selecting Color

An analogous color scheme is generally more successful when the key hue is a primary or a secondary hue, they are the most visually harmonious as no contrast is offered.  These schemes can be rich and beautiful in both contract and residential interiors.  Within the interior spaces a mineral color palette can bring a calming environment to almost any room when properly planned out by our team at Interior Affairs.

A monochromatic color scheme is the use of one hue with a variety of its tints, shades, and tones.  Visually this color palette offers an elegant and spacious quality.  It is suggested to use a variety of patterns, textures, and finishes from gloss to matte to avoid a monotonous or boring end result.  With the help of professional designer they can bring a mineral tone monochromatic color scheme into your home with outstanding results.

When hiring an interior designer they will assist in the color palette process; for example you can take a mineral color palette and it can go towards your warmer color tones or cool color tones.  Warm colors can evoke a range of feelings from warmth and comfort to more passionate emotions.  Within the mineral color palate you don’t have to worry about angry high passion colors like red; blue green tones bring relaxation into a space.  When it comes to your cooler colors like blues and greens they do create that serene space, but your interior designer can be sure to put together an appropriate color scheme that doesn’t call to mind feelings of sadness or indifference.  This mineral color scheme whether cool or warm are well-suited for bedrooms and a professional designer can put together a bedroom where you walk into a peaceful space; getting into bed relaxed in the evening and waking up refreshed in the morning.

In order to achieve over-all unity, and/or create emphasis, your interior designer will make a clear decision as to which colors should be assigned to the largest area to the smallest areas; we look at a space as a whole to consider the color proportion.  The color proportion choice will also affect the impact of color composition, and the team at Interior Affairs can assist in all of your design needs and dreams!