Today’s blog is a bit of a departure from interiors and iphone photography. However, in light of the upcoming 4th of July holiday, I thought I would share a few fun facts and color meanings of Red, White, and Blue. Be sure not to miss my iphone photography tip at the end of the post for getting a great firework photo.

American flag


is the color with the longest wave length and is always the highest arc of the rainbow.


*RED increases respiration rate, raises blood pressure and stimulates us to take immediate action.

*RED is reportedly the very first color a newborn can see.

*Early RED dyes were made by crushing the dried bodies of the Cochineal insect. Seventy thousand insects had to be harvested, dried and crushed just to produce one pound of red dye.

*Indians of the Amazon colored their lips with RED hot chili peppers for a little added sex appeal.

*If  RED is your favorite color you are extroverted, exciting, energetic and a natural born leader. You bring excitement to the world.  On the flip side, Red lovers can also be moody, bossy, restless and opinionated.



*The ancient Greeks started the tradition of wearing white wedding dresses but it did not become popular in the US until the 1800’s. Before that brides wore pastel colors.

*Medical professionals started wearing white in the early 1900’s so dirt and grime, which was feared to cause infection, would show better.

*In our culture, white means purity but in many African cultures, white symbolizes death.

*In China, white is the color of mourning and therefore worn to funerals.

*If white is your favorite color you like cleanliness and order. Your home and clothes are immaculate. You tend to be a cautious buyer and a shrewd trader. The negative is that you can be critical and fussy.



*Blue has a calming effect on our bodies and has been shown to slow down our metabolism and heart rate.

* Native Americans in the South West paint the front doors of their adobe houses bright blue to keep the evil spirits away.

*Clairvoyants and Mystics believe that blue light possesses healing qualities.

* Universally, blue is chosen as the favorite color.

*Early use of  Blue paint was so highly prized that laws existed as to what artists were allowed to paint blue…Jesus and Mary’s robes were usually the only accepted uses of the precious color.

*Blue paint was so expensive because it was produced by crushing up the jewel Lapis Lazuli which is primarily found deep in the mountains of Afghanistan.

*If Blue is your favorite color you are trustworthy, responsible and sensitive to the needs of others. You are generally conservative and aspire to harmony, serenity and peace in your day to day life. Because Blue lovers have a highly developed sense of responsibility, they can have issues with perfectionism.

Hope this adds a little knowledge to all the Red, White, and Blue you will be seeing over the next few weeks.

If you want to learn more interesting facts about color I highly recommend the book Colors For Your Every Mood by Leatrice Eiseman. All these fun facts came from her book.

Wishing you all a very happy 4th of July.


fireworks over Boston


To leave you with something of value, I also have an iphone trick to share if you will be photographing fireworks. Be sure to use the “BURST Mode” on your camera so you can choose the best photo after the display is over. To shoot with the burst mode simply hold your finger down on the capture button and a rapid series of photos will be taken. When you take your finger off the capture button the photos will end. Then scroll thorough, find the image you like the best and delete the rest if you are worried about storage. This is the same mode I also recommend to use when photographing kids and pets.

I want to wish you all a safe and fun July 4th!!

Linda Holt | Interior Designer & iPhone Coach

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