Dark blue, a color often associated with depth, intelligence, wisdom and authority. Unlike lighter shades of blue, dark blue can be used interchangeably with black, making it a good choice for interior design for the ones who love mystery, authority and unpredictability.
How the color is made: dark blue is made by mixing blue with black pigment in somewhat equal proportions. And in RGB color space, it consists of slightly higher than halfway 139/255 blue (~54.51% of blue). And in CMYK color space, its components are 100% cyan, 100% magenta, and 45% black, without yellows added to the mix.
History: history of blue pigments isn't diverse as other pigments such as black, white, and green. The most popular pigment was Lapis Lazuli; which was fairly pricy and out of reach for artists. The a synthetic pigments started to come to light. Notably, ultramarine which was used in medieval Europe, and indigo in the sixteenth century, also international klein blue which was synthesized in the middle of the 20th century. All of these pigments can be used in producing dark blue, and we can see it in the works of Van Gogh and Pablo Picasso, resembling a universality for impressionists.
Color in Action
Dark blue appears calm and bold in almost any media. It resembles intelligence, power, authority and wisdom. I bet you've seen jeans dyed in this tone before, but do you ever wondered why it is so popular in not only jeans, but suits and uniforms from multiple industries? Because the color is kind of neutral and it gets along with a wide selection of the color spectrum. Dark blue, unlike lighter shades, resembles ocean and sky at night, which further intensify the calmness already associated with blues.
Colors that go with Dark Blue
Ever observed the sky at dusk or dawn? You will see the yellowish rays of sunshine blending with various shades of the sky, creating a great view that you are assured to blend with with your whole totality. So, a medium dark yellow would appear even more wonderful alongside dark blue. The color also works well with other shades of blue, especially lighter shades as a perfect contrast would be struck. Other noteworthy colors include: red, brown, green, and lime green.
Dark Blue Color Palettes and Schemes
To create a heavenly and calming palette, stick to using various shades of blue and violet alongside dark blue. Yet to create a dynamic and interesting color palette use shades of green and brown. Add yellowish colors as accents for a great touch, that is also true for most warm colors. Albeit for creating a toned down and very quite color palette, you can use neutrals as bases, the most fit candidates are white, cream, khaki, and light grays.
Backgrounds and Seamless Patterns
Being a celestial color, it would fit to be a background for almost all kinds visuals. Sky-inspired patterns look great in dark blue, without taking lights from geometric patterns, for that sake blueprints are called so for a reason!. Wallpapers work great in any media, wether you used plain dark blue, a patterns or even a gradient with the right color companion.