Different shades of blue paint

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Different shades of blue paint
Blue comes in many shades and tones. (Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty Images)

Blue is one of three primary colours. The shade of blue can be altered by adding other primary and secondary colours, as well as black and white. All shades of blue are labelled with a variety of different names. Paint manufacturers do not use uniform names for each colour blue so check out a paint sample to make sure it is the colour blue you want.

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Blue Greens

Some of the popular colour names for blue greens are turquoise, teal and aqua. Green is a secondary colour formed by blue and yellow. Adding a variety of different tones and amounts of green will alter the shade of blue. Turquoise is a bright colour often used for landscape painting. Teal blue is intense blue with small amounts of green added, and aqua is a pastel blue/green popular for young kid's rooms.

Blue Purples

Purple is a secondary colour, and when added to blue creates a variety of blue purple shades. The more purple added to the paint, the stronger the colour will be. Some blue purples are called indigo, ultramarine and periwinkle. The blue will be altered and darkened revealing undertones of red and lilac, depending on how much purple is added. These darker blue paints are suitable for covering walls in large rooms.

Add Black and White.

Light blue often goes under the name of baby blue, powder blue and sky blue. These light blue shades are often popular for painting walls and decorating in newborn baby boy's rooms. The more white you add to blue paint the lighter it will appear.

To achieve a dark blue, black must be added. Prussian blue and Indigo blue have black and other dark colours added to create a vibrant dark blue. Popular names for some dark blues are navy and midnight. These dark blues, which can be neutral, are often used for clothing as an alternative to basic black.

Blue Grays

Gray blue is a soft and toned down blue achieved by adding a small amount of orange and white. Artists often use this colour for painting skies on cloudy days. It is a versatile wall colour showcasing reds, oranges and darker shades of blue. Popular names for this shade of blue are Slate blue, wedgewood and Steel blue.


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