Wednesday Vignette – appetite for blue

The way the impact of color works psychologically – if you constantly worry about your weight, you might be advised to paint your kitchen blue. Aside from being calming, and inducing of trust, honesty, and respectability, the color blue is also supposed to have appetite-suppressing properties. This blue-lit wall of bottles greeted us at a Korean restaurant we visited. Sadly, I can tell you – that particular trick had nothing on me. I still ate like a pig. Oh well…


About annamadeit

I was born and raised in Sweden, By now, I have lived almost as long in the United States. The path I’ve taken has been long and varied, and has given me a philosophical approach to life. I may joke that I’m a sybarite, but the truth is, I find joy and luxury in life’s simple things as well. My outlook on life has roots in a culture rich in history and tradition, and I care a great deal about environmental stewardship. Aesthetically, while drawn to the visually clean, functional practicality and sustainable solutions that are the hallmarks of modern Scandinavia, I also have a deep appreciation for the raw, the weathered, and the worn - materials that tell a story. To me, contrast, counterpoint, and diversity are what makes life interesting and engaging. Color has always informed everything I do. I’m a functional tetrachromat, and a hopeless plantoholic. I was originally trained as an architect working mostly on interiors, but soon ventured outside - into garden design. It’s that contrast thing again… An interior adrift from its exterior, is like a yin without a yang. My firm conviction that everything is connected gets me in trouble time and time again. The world is a big place, and full of marvelous distractions, and offers plentiful opportunities for inquiry and exploration. I started writing to quell my constant queries, explore my discoveries, and nurture my curiosity. The Creative Flux was started in 2010, and became a catch-all for all kinds of intersecting interests. The start of Flutter & Hum at the end of 2013 marks my descent into plant nerd revelry. I occasionally contribute to other blogs, but those two are my main ones. For sure, topics are all over the map, but then again - so am I! Welcome to my blogs!
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15 Responses to Wednesday Vignette – appetite for blue

  1. This sounds like a good restaurant! Enough to override the powers of blue. (hehe!) Might you name this worthy restaurant for inquiring minds?
    I’m sharing a Wednesday Vignette inside my post this week–a photo tour (Part 1) of Zumwalt Prairie. Scroll down to pretty much the middle of the blog.

  2. Peter says:

    Our kitchen was blue when we moved here and I was still able to eat constantly. Where there’s a will, there’s a way. The wine bottle display looks cool but not particularly appetizing. Cobalt bottles used to be used for poison. Supposedly the unusual color would be easier to spot using only candlelight to avoid inadvertently taking a swig of something harmful or fatal.

    • annamadeit says:

      Haha – well there was definitely a will! Sooo good… I didn’t know poison used to be kept in blue bottles. In fact, I think cobolt is poisonous in itself. Very interesting. Come to think of it – in nature, there are very few truly blue occurrences. And many of those that DO exist (Aconite, Delphinium, etc.) are poisonous so you definitely don’t want to eat those. Maybe that thing about blue being appetite-suppressing derives from our days as foragers, and is just a deeply engrained subconscious behavior? Interesting, indeed…

  3. Alison says:

    Ah! My kitchen is a very pale blue. It’s the only room in the house that had any color other than beige on the walls when we moved in. I wonder if the previous owner knew something. I don’t think it has ever affected my appetite. I posted a series of Wednesday Vignettes today — pictures of our first killing frost from yesterday.

    • annamadeit says:

      It didn’t affect you either, huh? Sorry you had a killing frost. We’re still waiting, down here. I really do need to haul that last bit of tender stuff inside the shed. Maybe today is the day…

  4. The blue in your photos makes me think of a bar, pulsating lights, loud music. I wonder why? My WV has a very different vibe:

    • annamadeit says:

      Yep – it was pretty much that. Which always makes it kind of hard to carry on a conversation, but hey – there was plenty of food to be eaten, so I focused on that. 😀

  5. Kris P says:

    Maybe a tranquil cool blue would have a more moderating effect on one’s appetite? As Loree said, this electric blue is energetic and, to my eyes, a little unnerving. (It’d make me want to drink a few alcoholic beverages!) My WV is a collection of disconnected images, which may reflect my current state of disorientation brought on by too much news exposure, frenetic holiday activities, and our local explosion of wildfires:

    • annamadeit says:

      Yeah, maybe. This was definitely not what I would call a quiet, relaxing place. Very urban, very young ,and very K-pop, but with very tasty food that made it all worth it!

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  7. Tina says:

    I love that particular blue and have in showing off in my gardens in the guise of containers, a bottle tree, and a few other garden doo-dads. Glad you ate so well. 🙂

    • annamadeit says:

      Haha – maybe it just tasted that good BECAUSE of the artificiality of those lights? You know, that it somehow enhanced the flavor… No, seriously – it was very tasty!

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