Why are Airplane Seats often Blue?


Blue is the color of choice because it is traditional, not controversial, a symbol of reliability and safety.

From Ryanair, British Airways to American Airlines – the world’s largest airlines use blue chairs in passenger cabin.

This is not a coincidence but a psychological effect that has been thoroughly studied. According to Angela Wright, a consultant in London, blue is associated with positive qualities such as “trust, efficiency, serenity, coolness, reflexes, shining and calm”.

Nigel Goode, the leading aviation designer and co-founder of Priestman Goode, a 30-year-old furniture company, says that in addition to consolidating the airline’s brand and making it easy more, their primary concern is still to bring the interior to comfort, relaxation and comfort for passengers, including the use of blue chairs.

“Blue has become a regular color of choice as it is traditional, not controversial, a symbol of trustworthiness and safety,” he added.

However, in Australia and New Zealand, blue is no longer used. Airlines such as Qantas, Virgin Australia, Jetstar and Air New Zealand all choose dark red or black seats. The reason may be that these colors hide the stain more easily.

Light helps to Reduce Stress

The light on the cabin also aims to create a stress-free atmosphere, especially in new aircraft, where LED lights are used to replace light bulbs.

“Lighting in the cabin, the combination of colors used on planes are all factors related to science,” Goode explained.

Cabin Lighting

After selecting the most potent fabrics and materials for use on planes, people even organize color seminars to test how light will produce effects over time. Different points, such as when passengers boarded the plane, when eating and sleeping.

Colors must be comfortable, quiet for the customers but not allowed to cause boring.

British interior designer Jane Priestman, the former general manager and chief designer and architect of the British Airports Authority, said light and color were particularly important in the construction environment.

“Research at airports and railway stations shows that the psychological power of color and the control of light can affect the mood of the people,” she explained.

Noise Protection

Several studies in recent years have exposed some of the adverse effects of airborne noise on health. Accordingly, people who hear a lot of plane noise are more likely to die from heart attacks.

Today, new technology has helped to reduce noise from aircraft engines by insulating the fuselage with a thin film.

“We are considering further using soft materials inside the aircraft to reduce the sound,” she added.

Importance of Fabric

As a general rule, most long-haul aircraft will not use leather seats because they absorb sweat. Instead, people use synthetic fabrics to provide a more relaxed experience for passengers.

The fabric is chosen as a seat material because it is flexible and durable with time. Dark upholstery to hide dirt and less fading.

“First-class seats are usually light in color, and in the normal compartment they use more dark colors,” Goode said.


About Dawn Richard

In addition to writing for NextColumn, Dawn Richard contributes to other publications including Sensiblereason and Natural News. He studied Computer Science and Journalism at Boston University, and also worked in BBC as well as in the public sectors.

View all posts by Dawn Richard →

Leave a Reply