There are many colors out there that you may never have even known existed. From colors that have official uses in government organizations, national flags, or even the primary color of multiple universities that consists of various shades and hues of a singular color. Some shades are limited to uses in computer-generated works and development. Below are different shades of blue color with names, along with their respective HTML, Hex, RGB codes, in case you’re looking for a specific shade for your website or design.
Turquoise is a color that is related to the gemstone of the same name. Turquoise also has many different variations to it as listed below. It ranges from Celeste, which is a sky blue variation of turquoise, to light turquoise and then turquoise blue, which is a bluer version of turquoise. There is also medium turquoise, dark turquoise, and bright turquoise.
RGB 64, 224, 208
RGB 178, 255, 255
RGB 175, 238, 238
RGB 0, 255, 239
RGB 72, 209, 204
RGB 0, 206, 209
RGB 8, 232, 222
Powder blue is a very pale shade of blue. In the 1650s powder blue was primarily used to refer to cobalt glassware that was used in laundering and dying fabrics, until it became an official color name in 1894. Although in the past, the hue on the cobalt glassware had a much darker blue hue to it compared to the paleness of powder blue. Powder blue is typically used in web development projects.
RGB 176, 224, 230
Sky blue is often referred to as light blue, baby blue, or even angle blue. Sky blue is used in a variety of modern-day applications, ranging from being used in historical atlases to color code Germany and being used in Western culture to represent boys (though historically this color was used in the past to represent girls). Sky blue is also used for the national flags of various nations such as Argentina, the Bahamas, Botswana, Fiji, and more.
Sky blue is also a popular color to use in interior design as the color promotes a sense of calmness, relaxation, and water.
RGB 173, 216, 230
Electric blue is a hue of blue in which the defining characteristics of it varies. It’s a color that represents the bright glow of lightning and electric sparks, as well as the color of ionized argon gas. Electric blue originally got its name due to ionized air glow that is produced during electrical discharges. This definition has changed over the years to include blues that have an “electric” appearance due to their intense and vibrant looks. In popular culture, electric blue is associated with the star sign Aquarius.
RGB 125, 249, 255
Air Force Blue
Air Force blue is a variety of colors that are different tones of azure, another shade of blue, that is primarily used in the United States Air Force (USAF), the Air Force Academy, as well as the Royal Air Force (RAF) uniforms, but various other hues of Air Force blue are utilized in different nations air forces as well.
Air Force blue (RAF)
RGB 93, 138, 168
Air Force blue (USAF)
RGB 0, 48, 143
US Air Force Academy blue
RGB 0, 79, 152
Baby blue is used as the official color for the national flag of Argentina. It’s a palish tint of azure and is considered a pastel color. It has many different variations, ranging from beau blue, which gets its name from the word “beautiful” in French, to baby blue, and little boy blue.
RGB 188, 212, 230
RGB 137, 207, 240
Baby Blue Eyes
RGB 161, 202, 241
Little Boy blue
RGB 108, 160, 220
Besides being a great name for a little girl, Tiffany blue is associated with the light-medium robin egg blue color that is mostly used in Tiffany & Co. jewelry created by the company. The color was officially used in 1845 in the cover of the company’s first-ever Tiffany’s Blue Book. After that period Tiffany blue has been used in promotional materials by the company, such as boxes and bags. Since 1998, Tiffany blue has been used as the color trademark for the company.
RGB 129, 216, 208
Steel blue is renowned for its darker appearance as it is a shade of blue that resembles blue steel or steel that has undergone the process of bluing in order to protect the metal from rust. Steel blue is a less vibrant shade of blue and is often considered to be a bluish-grey color.
Steel blue is used in a variety of sports team’s uniforms and on stadiums. Ranging from being used in the uniforms of the Houston Texans football team, to the Lehigh Valley IronPigs or even the Colorado Avalanche hockey team.
RGB 70, 130, 180
Carolina blue is a shade of blue that is used as the official school colors of the University of North Carolina, a place where Carolina blue is also referred to as Tar Heel blue.
RGB 75, 156, 211
Turkish blue is a shade of blue that has a gray-purple tinge to it, yet it is lighter and more vibrant compared to a navy blue.
RGB 79, 151, 163
Maya blue was and still is a unique shade of bright azure blue. In many pre-Columbian Mesoamerican cultures, Maya blue was a manufactured pigment that was used in many cultures, such as the Mayan or the Aztecs.
Maya blue is made up of organic and inorganic materials. Primarily indigo dyes that are created from the leaves of Indigofera suffruticosa plants, that are then combined with natural clay and other mineral additives.
Historically, Maya blue was recorded to have first appeared in the 800s and was still used up to the 1500s in several convents located in Colonial Mexico, where Maya blue was mainly used in paintings.
Maya blue has shown properties that showcase resistance to weathering, as many paintings that were done with the color haven’t faded despite being exposed to the weather and time.
RGB 115, 194, 251
Teal is a blue-green color that derives its name from the common teal bird. Teal also happens to be the official color of ovarian cancer awareness.
RGB 0, 128, 128
Independence blue is a dark grayish-blue color that was first utilized in 1927.
RGB 76, 81, 109
Cornflower blue is a shade of medium blue that contains very little pigments of green compared to other shades of blue. Sapphire gems that have a much higher value are referred to as cornflower blue, as they have a medium-dark bluish-violet tone to them.
Cornflower blue was considered to be the favorite hue of famous Dutch painter, Johannes Vermeer. In 1958, Crayola introduced cornflower blue into their products as an official color.
RGB 100, 149, 237
Sapphire blue is a nod to the gemstone of the same name, as sapphire gems are commonly found in various shades of blue, although some sapphire gems can be found in other colors. Sapphire blue is a saturated hue of blue and has many variations to it, such as medium sapphire and B’dazzled blue, which is a color that was introduced in 2001 for Crayola’s Metallic FX series. Blue sapphire and dark sapphire are other kinds of sapphire blue.
RGB 15, 82, 186
RGB 45, 93, 161
RGB 46, 88, 148
RGB 18, 97, 128
RGB 8, 37, 103
Azure is a bright blue color that is often used to describe the color of the sky when it’s clear.
RGB 0, 127, 255
Egyptian blue is a pigment of blue that was primarily used in ancient Egypt for thousands of years. It’s a synthetic pigment that was also introduced to the Romans at some point in time, but soon fell out of use after the Roman era. The manner in which Egyptian blue was produced has been lost to history.
However, with modern technology scientists have discovered that due to Egyptian blues properties of absorbing visible light, the color can prove useful in applications for construction materials that are designed to cool down rooftops or walls in particularly sunny climates.
RGB 16, 52, 166
Yale blue is a particular shade of dark azure that is primarily used in an official capacity at Yale University.
RGB 0, 53, 107
Navy blue is a shade of blue that was named after the dark blue uniforms worn by officers of the British Royal Navy and has been in use since 1748, despite the color being later adopted by other nations’ navy forces.
RGB 0, 0, 128
Prussian blue is a dark blue synthetic pigment that is produced via oxidizing ferrous ferrocyanide salts. It is also referred to as Berlin blue or Parisian blue. Prussian blue has many uses, some of which include in paintings, as the color isn’t solvable in water. It was famously used in Japanese woodblock prints.
Prussian blue also has a medicinal effect as an antidote for certain kinds of heavy metal poisonings, such as thallium and cesium.
RGB 0, 49, 83
Often referred to as space cadet blue, it’s a color that is popular in Australia and New Zealand and was invented in 2007.
RGB 29, 41, 81
Royal blue is a color that contains many hues of azure blue. Claimed to have been invented by millers in Rode, Somerset located in England, some of whom won a competition to make a dress for Queen Charlotte, the consort of King George III, that utilized the color. Some variations of the color include the traditional royal blue, queen blue, and imperial blue.
Traditional Royal blue
RGB 0, 35, 102
RGB 67, 107, 149
RGB 0, 90, 146
Getting its name from the Periwinkle flower, it’s a lighter tone of blue that is often considered to be a lavender blue.
RGB 204, 204, 255
Morning blue is said to be a representation of the morning sky.
RGB 141, 163, 153
Uranian blue is a color that gets its name from the unique blue hue of the planet Uranus.
RGB 175, 219, 245
Fluorescent blue is a radiant blue that is based on fluorescence. It also serves as the main color for the Indian 50-rupee note.
RGB 21, 244, 238
Ruddy blue gets its name from the unique colored beak of the ruddy duck. It’s a lighter shade of azure blue.
RGB 118, 171, 223
Shades of Blue Color
Above are some of the different shades of blue you can experiment with, whether you’re looking to create a website or a graphic design. There are endless shades and hues to choose from, leaving a wide berth of room for those who thought they were limited to only a few options.