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Why airplane seats are usually blue?

This is the English version of my blog GDAMAS (Portuguese language, online since 2010). I'm still working on it. English is not my native language.


Damas, I notice that blue is a frequent color in airplane seats. Is it just a coincidence?

The choice of a color is a matter of practical and psychological reasons.

Blue in seats of airplanes is the most practical color when we consider cleanliness and good appearance. It allows stains to blend into the fabric in a more discreet way. White and yellow, for example, would not be as easy to deal with.

So why not black? It would be easier to disguise blemishes.

Not always. This color could even highlight them.

There’s one other reason they don’t choose black, and here comes the psychological part I mentioned above.

Blue is world widely associated with peace and tranquility. It gives us a sense of calm that is very convenient when dealing with the common fear of flying. Imagine if most of the interior of an airplane was black. There would not be the same mental comfort. For this same thought, you don’t paint black your bedroom walls.

We can also think of a third logic for blue seats: this may be the predominant color in the airline’s image. The logo, for example, is blue, so the seats match it. Note that this brings us back to that second cause for using the color: to transmit peaceful thoughts. The company is predominantly blue in everything because it needs you to feel comfortable, especially when you buy a ticket.

KLM is an example of why seats are usually blue in airplanes.
The predominance of blue in KLM. And combined with white – another color associated with peace and tranquility.

Be it blue or any other color, I wish you a pleasant flight.


G. DAMAS
I live in the Algarve (South of Portugal). My first fiction book, for young adults, was published in 2001 in Portuguese language — a time travel adventure that won thousands of readers. I also wrote some travel and tech books and manuals.
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