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Popular blues

Enjoy the tones of sea and sky with these favourite blues!

Note: Click on the testpot or colour name for full colour information. Click on the buy links to purchase a testpot from the online Resene ColorShop.

Resene Solitude
Resene Solitude

B94-011-264

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An introverted tint of blue, cool and dreamy

Resene Breathless
Resene Breathless

B84-011-257

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A cool blend of blue, lilac and grey with an inspirational and airy ambiance

Resene Pattens Blue
Resene Pattens Blue

B91-019-237

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A baby boy blue, innocent and genuine

Resene Duck Egg Blue
Resene Duck Egg Blue

N81-007-166

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A pale shell blue, crystalline and calm, reflecting winter skies over the Baltic Sea

Resene Forecast
Resene Forecast

B76-010-243

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A pale blue almost grey, a friend to fishers

Resene Dusted Blue
Resene Dusted Blue

B72-011-221

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A pale grey, bleached by age and slightly blue in mood

Resene Neutral Bay
Resene Neutral Bay

B66-014-259

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A smoke grey haze with blue

Resene Regent Grey
Resene Regent Grey

B62-011-233

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A Franciscan friar grey, contemplative and serious

Resene Raven
Resene Raven

B58-009-256

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A mysterious and timeless grey blue, like Cape Cod cottages

Resene Shuttle Grey
Resene Shuttle Grey

B52-008-257

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An industrial determined grey well suited to an urban environment

Resene Hammerhead
Resene Hammerhead

B48-023-268

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A steely grey blue

Resene Rhino
Resene Rhino

B41-020-259

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A smoky grey blue with a slight purple edge, changes shade in differing lights

Resene New Denim Blue
Resene New Denim Blue

B39-012-250

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A charcoal blue

Resene High Tide
Resene High Tide

B36-011-261

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A deep charcoal blue, inky and buoyant

Resene Coast
Resene Coast

B35-023-248

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A stark blue, what one would expect to find on the Southern Wairarapa coastline

Resene Dark Knight
Resene Dark Knight

B31-014-247

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A strong slate blue, moody and malevolent

Resene Jaguar
Resene Jaguar

B27-008-276

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A sophisticated and dramatic inky colour

Resene Indian Ink
Resene Indian Ink

B26-017-270

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A blackened blue, reminiscent of a night without moonlight

Resene Bunting
Resene Bunting

B32-030-265

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A deep navy school blazer blue that goes even deeper than classic navy

Resene Blue Night
Resene Blue Night

B28-028-267

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A dark blue with a feeling of depth and infinity

A touch of the blues

Blue is a colour found in nature – the soft blues of early morning skies, deep indigo blues of the shadows on hills, cornflower blue of flowers, sparkling blues of summer seas and every variation of blue from ivy blue through to storm-cloud grey blue and midnight navy.

Sandy beiges and blue conjure up visions of the seaside; the natural combination of leaf greens and blues offset each other well, as do purple blues and lime. Combined with white it brings to mind Chinese pottery painted with animals or birds.

Though blue comes from the cool side of the colour wheel it need not be a cold decorating colour. The dark shades can bring warmth to a room scheme, while the paler blues can create a softly harmonious look that is almost neutral. Blues that contain an amount of red are warmer than those containing yellow.

Blue is a relaxing colour, suggesting harmony and peace, which makes it a good choice for a bedroom or study. Its natural relationship to water makes it a popular choice for a bathroom. It is also a suitable choice in rooms that with full sun as it has a low reflectance value that diffuses bright sun.

Throughout history, blue has been widely used as the dyes were easily obtained. The indigo plant produces a blue of depth and character. Woad is another plant-based dye used by the ancient Britons to colour cloth and their bodies! The most costly blue was obtained by crushing the semi-precious stone lapis lazuli and was used in paintings of a religious nature and frescoes during the Renaissance.

As an exercise, can you identify a Scandinavian blue, a Persian blue, a French blue, a Shaker blue, or a Wedgewood blue? By identifying these blues you can create many different colour schemes. Think of the effect you wish to create – blue is coolest with greens, warmest with peach, terracotta, primrose or buttery yellows, crispest with white, boldest with reds, heavenly with metallics and softly placid with baby-cheek pink – and use this as the basis of your colour scheme.

Decorating with blues...

Always try out your colours using a Resene testpot in the area you plan to paint before you start your painting project – that’s the best way to confirm the colour looks right before you start painting. You can also can order drawdowns online.

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