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What colors match light blue

Updated April 17, 2017

Light blue is a popular colour because it goes well with nearly anything and is easy to incorporate into a variety of looks. Although it depends on the specific shade of blue, the options for complementary colour schemes are almost endless. When picking shades to coordinate with light blue, consider the style that you are going for and whether or not you want to make blue the primary colour.

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Neutral Tones

Light blue is a cool colour that has the potential to invoke tranquillity and a sense of carefree abandon. It goes well with almost any neutral shade. With white or beige, it conveys delicacy and is reminiscent of the sky on a sunny day. Paired with black or grey, blue will become the accent shade and the darker colour will dominate. This can create an edgy, urban look. Brown paired with blue is a popular combination and can be used to create a very sleek style or a strong statement of earthiness.

Bold Cool Colors

To use light blue in a look that makes a statement without going over the top, pair it with other cool colours. These can either be bright or muted, depending on your preference. Blue and green are analogous to one another on the colour wheel and are, therefore, very complementary. When blue and purple are paired, it can create a very regal look. However, be careful about the shade of purple that you choose. Also consider incorporating another, darker shade of blue to create a look that is consistent, professional and monochromatic.

Fiery Warm Colors

When you pair light blue with any colour on the warm end of the colour spectrum, expect to get noticed. This type of colour combination is inevitably eye-catching, sassy and fun. Just be careful not to go overboard or you could end up looking garish and costume-like. Pairing blue and red together is not recommended since they are neither analogous or opposite on the colour wheel and, therefore, have a tendency to clash. If you must have red, choose a rusty shade with orange hues. Since pink is a lighter version of red, it also has a propensity to clash with light blue. Choose only the lightest shades of pink to pair with a blue tone. The best warm colours to pair with light blue are yellow and orange because they are opposite one another on the colour wheel. Blue and orange are particularly complementary, creating a rich, exotic statement.

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Elle Hanson
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