Understanding the different shades of blue
It would be quite the understatement to say that there are more than a few shades of blue. You’ve got your navy blues, your baby blues and your somewhere-in-the-middle blues. Finding ‘the one’ is sometimes a case of kismet. But more often than not, you’re likely to be drawn to a few and who could blame you? Cue our resident colour expert, Vanessa, and her quick-fire guide to uncovering your beloved blue.
Picking your perfect shade of blue paint
Paint decision-making comes down to two key questions: to which colour are you most drawn, and which will suit your room, its furniture and the type of natural light it receives most? So, even if you’re faced with a palette of umpteen blues, you’ll pretty much be able to whittle the options down to a handful simply by asking yourself those questions. Our colourists write all about how to choose the right paint colour for your room, should you fancy a deeper read.
But what about if you’re like a moth to a flame across the whole spectrum of blues? What about if pale Blue 01 makes you as weak at the knees as deep and inky Blue 07? Panic not, there are three possible paths you can take. First up, our stick-on paint samples. This way, you can give each hue a whirl on your walls – no paint brush required. Second, book a colour consultation with one of our colour specialists who will do all the matchmaking for you. Or thirdly, with a bit more reading to dig deeper into the intricacies of the different types of blues. And as if by magic…
The pale and interesting blues: Blue 01-Blue 03
This first set of blues are the lightest of the bunch, making them a fine choice when you don’t want buckets of colour but you do want a paint that’s more than a classic neutral. They all share a similar depth of colour, but their undertones are what mix things up. Our pale blue paint, Blue 01, has got a grey-green undertone, making it warm but not in a traditional way. Similarly, light blue green paint Blue 03 has green undertones too, making it a great choice if you want something modern country in character. Then you’ve got Blue 02 – the fresh prince if you will.
Try putting Blue 01 and light blue paint Blue 03 in a south-facing room – their green-y undertones go down a treat in here. And when it comes to partnering, our pale blue paint Blue 01 looks more than lovely with its relative, Blue 07 paint – another blue with a green base. Our mint Blue 02 partners well with dusky Pink 02 (on the topic of pinks, check our guide to understanding the many shades of pink here), while Blue 03 paint tells a fresh but comforting story alongside White 03.
The middle-ground blues: Blue 04-Blue 05
They might be classed as ‘mid-blues’, but ironically, this blue couplet is the most colourful of all. Deep blues become all about their intensity and drama rather than their blue-ness, which is what makes blue grey Blue 04 and our mid warm blue paint, Blue 05 so fun to paint with. They’re chilled and soothing, like all blues are, but they’re the most fun to be around too in the whole palette.