Since your experimental observation with copper salts negates your original hypothesis, it implies that the way you are trying to explain it is wrong. The main culprit and the source of all these problems is the color wheel which is taught in schools. Misconceptions persist for long. When you are looking at the copper solutions in two different settings, it is misleading to think that copper solution is reflecting blue light back to you. It is not.
In each case, copper(II) solution is absorbing a small portion of the red light from the visible spectrum and it appears to you like a pure blue solution.
Indeed it is our brain which has been created in such a way that when the visible spectrum has a certain red portion missing, it perceives the remaining spectrum as "blue".
Hint: Water in the ocean also appears blue? Water also very very weakly absorbs the red portion of the visible spectrum. You just need tons of water to perceive this effect.
There is a beautiful book by the name of The Physics and Chemistry of Color. The same author wrote an article "The fifteen causes of color: The physics and chemistry of color." It is certainly worth consulting. Article-behind paywall
The fifteen causes of color derived from a variety of physical and chemical mechanisms are summarized in five Croups in this article. Vibrations and simple excitations explain the colors of incandescence (e.g., flames), gas excitations (neon tube, aurora), and vibrations and rotations (blue ice and water). Ligand‐field‐effect colors are seen in transition‐metal compounds (turquoise, chrome‐oxide green) and impurities (ruby, emerald). Molecular orbitals explain the colors of organic compounds (indigo, chlorophyll) and charge‐transfer compounds (blue sapphire, lapis lazuli). Energy bands are involved in the colors of metals and alloys (gold, brass), of semiconductors (cadmium yellow, vermillion), doped semiconductors (blue and yellow diamond), and color centers (amethyst, topaz). Geometrical and physical optics are involved in the colors derived from dispersive refraction (rainbow, green flash), scattering(blue sky, blue eyes, red sunset), interference (soap bubbles, iridescent beetles), and diffraction (the corona aureole, opal).
Now you can imagine that all is not that simple.