Navy blue

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Navy blue or navy is a dark shade of the color blue. Some people mistake navy blue for black because some navies (such as the United States Navy) use a shade of navy blue that is so dark it is practically black.

Meaning of navy blue[change | change source]

  • Navy blue represents sailors and also represents the navy of a nation. Navy blue also represents the sport of yachting.
  • Since 1748, British Royal Navy uniforms have been white and navy blue. Other navies also adopted these uniform colors. This is where the color got its name.
  • Navy blue is the most popular color for a jacket known as a blazer (which also has brass buttons) which is often worn on special or formal occasions. Navy blue colored blazers are also often worn by people who are employed in customer service positions that serve the public from behind a desk, such as hotel concierges.
  • Navy uniforms colored a color called Regimental (now called Persian Indigo), made by dyeing cloth with indigo dye, were popular among many nations during the 19th Century.[1]


Tones of navy blue color comparison chart[change | change source]

Name Color HEX Code Red Green Blue Hue Sat Lum Source
Medium Ultramarine #5A7CC2 90 124 194 220° 46% 56% (Ultramarine (Pantone TPX 17-4037))
Star Command Blue #007BB8 0 123 184 200° 100% 36% (ISCC-NBS)
Bright Navy Blue #0066CC 0 102 204 210° 100% 40% (Crayola Navy Blue)
Medium Blue #0066CD 0 102 205 210° 100% 40% (web color)
Electric Ultramarine #3F00FF 63 0 255 255° 100% 50% (Ultramarine (Maerz and Paul))
Royal Azure #0038A8 0 56 168 220° 100% 33% (Royal (Pantone Blue #286))
Pigment Blue #333399 51 51 153 240° 50% 40% (CMYK)
Ultramarine #120A8F 18 10 143 244° 87% 30% (Pigment)
Dark Blue #00008B 0 0 139 240° 100% 27% (web color)
Navy Blue #000080 0 0 128 240° 100% 25% (web color Navy)
Persian Indigo #32127A 50 18 122 258° 74% 27% (Regimental (Maerz and Paul))
St. Patrick's Blue #23297A 35 41 122 236° 55% 31%
Midnight Blue #191970 25 25 112 240° 64% 27% (web color)
Dark Sapphire #082567 8 37 103 222° 86% 22% (Sapphire (PerBang.dk))
Space Cadet #1D2951 29 41 81 226° 47% 22% (Resene color list)

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References[change | change source]

  1. Maerz and Paul A Dictionary of Color New York:1930 McGraw-Hill