In this article, you will learn about Ice Blue and Baby Blue colors including a side-by-side comparison. If you are considering either of these colors, the following information will help you make the right decision.
Ice Blue vs Baby Blue
Because we generally enjoy a blue sky, it can be tempting to think that blue goes with everything. However, blue can serve as a contrasting color when you pair it with warm tones.
Blue may be well balanced with green on the RGB scale, but warm tones such as yellow, peach and even cream can pop against blue and be more visually startling than you expected.
Ice blue is a very pale shade of a well-balanced blue. While this color is still cool, you can put Ice Blue to work against warm tones, such as an oak floor or a warm tan carpet, without creating a great deal of contrast.
This shade has an equal balance of red and green.
Because green is a combination of yellow and blue, the blue concentration is still strong and this color reads cool.
However, because the small amount of red in this mix dulls down the high concentration of green, this shade is a very subtle blue.
If you’re planning to use this in your home, be aware that it has a greater chance of tending aqua than sky blue or cerulean blue. It’s very unlikely that this color will gray out no matter what color you pair it against.
Luckily, this shade is light enough that it will chalk as the light level in your home goes down. This makes it an ideal color to use on walls and ceilings.
For those who have struggled to get a clean painting line where the wall meets the ceiling, this color can cover both.
If you choose to paint your walls and ceilings in the same light color, it’s a good idea to take a hard look at any trim that runs along the corner.
If you have any type of corner trim or crown molding that you also plan to paint, you will need a calking gun and painter’s caulk.
This technique can also make it easy to cover old pressboard paneling and the trim that is often used close to the ceiling.
The first step is to clean the walls and trim with a degreasing soap. If you notice spots where nails catch, use a nail punch to sink anything that will tear up your rollers or brushes.
Once your corner trim is clean, go over it (and the paneling if applicable) with white primer. You need to be able to see the gaps where the trim stands out a bit from the wall; it’s also critical if you have a textured ceiling.
Next, you’ll need white painter’s caulk. I have had the best luck laying in a fairly thick bead of caulk, then pressing it into the gaps with my fingers while wearing neoprene gloves.
A caulking tool may work well at the bottom of the trim, but if you’re trying to fill in the light gap above the trim along the ceiling, you’re going to have to get your hands dirty.
The caulking will be sticky. Use latex caulking and keep a cup of warm water to dip your finger or tool into close at hand so you don’t pull down the line of caulk you just applied.
Let everything dry completely and give the trim another coat of primer if needed.
It’s amazing just how nice your old paneling can look with a fresh coat of paint as long as you manage the light gaps.
Ice Blue walls, white curtains, and a light wood floor can create a breezy, fresh space from an old-school cave.
RGB: 200, 233, 233
Hex Code: #C8E9E9
Baby Blue is a lovely pale shade of a slightly muted blue. Unlike Ice Blue, Baby Blue does have a higher percentage of blue than any other color.
Additionally, the concentration of red is lower in this color than in Ice Blue.
This blue will not chalk as your living space grows dimmer.
Once it’s on the walls, that space will always be blue.
However, since there is so much yellow and red in this color, it’s not an extremely cool shade of blue.
Don’t let the name fool you. This is quite a grown-up blue. It will pair beautifully with strong warm tones. For example, you can pair this with cream, coral, and brown.
You can also pair this color with a rich, smoky green for smaller pieces of furniture.
As noted above, we’re used to a blue sky. While this blue in your walls will not fade to gray, your brain will allow the color to step back and not require a great deal of your focus.
To that end, when you decorate with a light blue color, try to keep your largest pieces of furniture either a lighter shade or off the floor.
For example, a sofa with mid-century modern tall legs will take up less of the visual field of the room. Squat pieces of furniture in deeply saturated colors may not be the best choice if you want blue on the walls.
This is a wonderful color to use if you like to play with textures and sheens. For example, if you want an accent wall, you can create it by using the same shade in a glossy finish and applying your own wallpaper stripes with a good masking tape.
Another fun way to create an accent wall using the same shade in a different sheen is to use a new feather duster.
Special tip: If you’re trying to paint a room that has taken a lot of abuse and you don’t have time to skim-coat the space, this technique can fix the problem until you have time to do a proper repair.
I used this in a small bedroom that had been papered in contact paper and the stripping process was not kind. Yikes!
Paint the wall in a flat finish of your Baby Blue. Once it’s dry, pour a bit of glossy paint into a flat paint pan. Dip just the tips of your feather duster into the paint and apply it to the wall with a slight twist of your wrist.
Consider starting at the bottom of the wall as you perfect your technique. Use only a small amount of paint at a time and try to keep your paint pan close to your tool.
You will need to use a plastic drip cloth; this can be pretty messy. If you don’t have one yet, it’s time to buy a plastic face shield or you will end up wearing a lot of this.
RGB: 155, 211, 221
Hex Code: #9BD3DD
Blue goes with almost any pastel shade. These blues are both surprisingly warm and will do better with other muted shades.
If your ceilings are high or you don’t want to deal with corners, Ice Blue will also work on your ceiling.