PPG Evolution of Color

Blue throughout the decades

PPG Evolution of Color

The Background of Blue

Blue pigments were made from minerals, especially lapis lazuili and azurite. The minerals were crushed, ground into powder, and then moxed with a quick-drying binding agent (egg yolk) or with a slow-drying oil (linseed oil) for oil paintings. Blue is known as the most popular color, blue creates a peacefulness and calm in its lighter, grayer shades. In its darker shades, it exudes trust and tradition. Follow the evolution of the color Blue below to see beautiful color palettes from the different decades. 

The 1940's

Patriotic Blues

The 1940's

War time brings patriotism in the forefront. Blue, Red and White were flying everywhere. Below is a custom Patriotic Palette from the 1940's.

The 1970's

Uniting Blues

The 1970's

Blue, as in blue jeans, captured the spirit of a time when the youth came together demanding freedom and equality. 

2020

Hopeful Blue

2020

Blue conveys calm, imparts stillness and projects hopefulness in a very anxious, unmoored world.