What colour rims go best with a blue car?

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What colour rims go best with a blue car?
A colour wheel can help identify the perfect colour combination. (Primary Secondary & Tertiary Colour Wheel image by Sophia Winters from Fotolia.com)

Adding rims to a car can enhance or detract from its appearance, depending on the rims that are chosen. It is important to give thought not only to the style of the rims, but also to the colour. Although choosing the best colour rims to go with a blue car is largely a matter of personal taste, there are some colours that most people agree will look better with blue than do others. A "colour wheel" can help with the selection of colours.

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Rims that match the colour of the car exactly are available from many different sources, both online and in bricks and mortar shops. These rims can either be completely painted in the car's colour or they can have accents that match, with the rest of the rims left silver, black or white. All that is required to be able to match the colour is to supply the rim company with the paint code from the vehicle's manufacturer, to insure an exact match.


Silver is generally considered to be a flashy colour, making it a good choice for someone who wants the rims to stand out but not overwhelm the car. For many types of rims, silver is the default because it works so well with most car paint colours. The silver can have a shiny, reflective finish, or it can have a flat, matt finish. Both types of finish go well with blue paint. The shiny finish will pick up the car colour and so appear to have some blue in the rims, which some people find more attractive than the matt finish.


White rims look sharp on a dark blue car. The dramatic contrast between the white and the dark blue adds interest to the appearance of the car. White rims have the added advantage of looking clean much of the time. If they get muddy or dirty, often all it takes is a simple rinse to make them look like new.

Analogous colour

An analogous colour is one that is immediately next to another colour on the colour wheel. If the car is dark blue, both light blue and purple are analogous colours, which means they will blend with the dark blue if the rims are painted either of these colours. If the car is a light blue, the analogous colours are dark blue and aqua, either one of which will look good with the car.

Complementary colour

A complementary colour appears directly opposite the selected colour on the colour wheel. A complementary colour stands out from the main colour, and is used to make the colours "pop." For a dark blue car, the complementary colour is yellow, and rims of that colour would stand out on the car. A light blue car using a complementary colour scheme would have red rims. In both cases the rims make a strong statement, and these combinations can be too much for some people.

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