Blue pastel: Don’t be a baby ‘bout this blue.

Learn more about this soft blue shade and how you can incorporate it into your designs.

When you hear “blue pastel,” you may immediately think of phrases like “baby blue” or “powder blue.” However, while these shades may be similar, pastel blue has a meaning all its own. Get ready to dive in and learn more about this delicate hue and how to use it in your designs.

What does the color “blue pastel” mean?

Blue pastel is part of a family of pastels which get their names from their powdered pigment form that also gives them their softer appearance. When used in a design, blue pastel is often interpreted to mean calmness or innocence due to its association with the sky and water. Blue pastel is also associated with youthfulness thanks to its everyday use in decorations for baby boys.

The blue pastel hex code is #AEC6CF, and its RGB values are R: 174, G: 198, B: 207.

Pastel blue color pairings and variations.

Blue pastel pairs beautifully with other pastel colors such as lilac, mint, coral, and rose quartz. It also works well with soft neutrals like beige and creme for a more subdued palate. If you want to elevate the feeling of freshness associated with pastel blue, try pairing it with white. Pastel blue and white work wonderfully in designs where you want to mimic the breezy feeling of being by the ocean or the expanse of an open sky.

If you’re looking for alternative shades, try these similar hues:

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