HEX #A52A2A / RGB (165, 42, 42)

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What is Auburn Color?

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Auburn has the hex code #A52A2A. The equivalent RGB values are (165, 42, 42), which means it is composed of 66% red, 17% green and 17% blue. The CMYK color codes, used in printers, are C:0 M:75 Y:75 K:35. In the HSV/HSB scale, Auburn has a hue of 0°, 75% saturation and a brightness value of 65%.
Details of other color codes including equivalent web safe and HTML & CSS colors are given in the table below. Also listed are the closest Pantone® (PMS) and RAL colors.

Auburn typically refers to the color of reddish-brown hair and ranges from medium to dark. Auburn hair results from the reduced production of melanin (the black pigment) in the hair cells because of mutations in certain genes based on race.
The color can be applied to web pages with HTML and/or CSS with its hex, RGB, CMYK or HSB codes.

Auburn Color Codes

Hex Code#A52A2A
RGB Values(165, 42, 42)
CMYK Values(0%, 75%, 75%, 35%)
HSV/HSB Values(0°, 75%, 65%)
Closest Web Safe#993333
Inverse Color#5AD5D5 [Medium Turquoise]
Closest Pantone®7627 C
Closest RAL3000 [Flame red]
Complementary Color#2AA5A5 [Light Sea Green]
Auburn Converted to Grayscale Codes
Simple Average#535353
Weighted Average (Most Common)#4F4F4F
Weighted Average (Luma)#444444
Weighted Average (Gamma Adjusted)#888888

Auburn Color Palettes

Complementary color palette of A52A2A. Complementary color is 2AA5A5

Complementary Palette

The complement of Auburn is Light Sea Green with the hex code #2AA5A5. Complementary colors are those found at the opposite ends of the color wheel. Thus, as per the RGB system, the best contrast to #A52A2A color is offered by #2AA5A5. The complementary color palette is easiest to use and work with. Studies have shown that contrasting color palette is the best way to grab a viewer's attention.

Analogous color palette with (A52A2A, A5682A and A52A68)

Analogous Palette

The analogous colors of Auburn (#A52A2A) are Dark Gold (#A5682A) and Amaranth Deep Purple (#A52A68). In the RGB color wheel, these two analogous colors occur to the right and left of Auburn with a 30° separation on either side. An analogous color palette is extremely soothing to the eyes and works wonders if your main color is soft or pastel.

Split Complementary color palette with (A52A2A, 2AA568 and 2A68A5)

Split-Complementary Palette

As per the RGB color wheel, the split-complementary colors of Auburn (#A52A2A) are #2AA568 (Green (Crayola)) and #2A68A5 (Lapis Lazuli). A split-complementary color palette consists of the main color along with those on either side (30°) of the complementary color. Based on our research, usage of split-complementary palettes is on the rise online, especially in graphics and web sites designs. It may be because it is not as contrasting as the complementary color palette and, hence, results in a combination which is pleasant to the eyes.

Triadic color palette with (A52A2A, 2AA52A and 2A2AA5)

Triadic Palette

Auburn triadic color palette has three colors each of which is separated by 120° in the RGB wheel. Thus, #2AA52A (Wageningen Green) and #2A2AA5 (Blue (Pigment)) along with #A52A2A create a stunning and beautiful triadic palette with the maximum variation in hue and, therefore, offering the best possible contrast when taken together.

Tetradic color palette with (A52A2A, 2AA52A, 2AA5A5 and A52AA5)

Tetradic Palette

The tetradic palette of Auburn has four colors - #2AA52A (Wageningen Green), #2AA5A5 (Light Sea Green) and #A52AA5 (Byzantine) in addition to the base color (#A52A2A). A tetradic color palette is complex and, in most cases, should not be used off-the-shelf. We suggest tweaking the colors slightly to achieve desired results.

Square color palette with (A52A2A, 68A52A, 2AA5A5 and 682AA5)

Square Palette

Auburn square color palette has #68A52A (Green (RYB)), #2AA5A5 (Light Sea Green) and #682AA5 (Grape). Quite like triadic, the hues in a square palette are at the maximum distance from each other, which is 90°.
Note: For several colors purposes, a square palette may look much better than the tetrad color palette.

Rainbow color

Auburn Color Rainbow Palette

Our Auburn rainbow color palette is based on the RGB model and consists of 7 colors, just like the traditional rainbow. You might not see a lot of variation in color, especially if the chosen color is dark or extremely light. However, this can lead interesting rainbow palettes that are faded, soft, pastel or dull.

Tints, Tones & Shades of Auburn Color


  • Transparent B75555#B75555
  • Transparent C06A6A#C06A6A
  • Transparent C97F7F#C97F7F
  • Transparent D29595#D29595
  • Transparent DBAAAA#DBAAAA
  • Transparent E4BFBF#E4BFBF
  • Transparent EDD4D4#EDD4D4
  • Transparent F6EAEA#F6EAEA


  • Transparent 9E3B3B#9E3B3B
  • Transparent 9A4444#9A4444
  • Transparent 964C4C#964C4C
  • Transparent 935555#935555
  • Transparent 8F5E5E#8F5E5E
  • Transparent 8B6666#8B6666
  • Transparent 876F6F#876F6F
  • Transparent 847777#847777


  • Transparent 842222#842222
  • Transparent 741D1D#741D1D
  • Transparent 631919#631919
  • Transparent 531515#531515
  • Transparent 421111#421111
  • Transparent 320D0D#320D0D
  • Transparent 210808#210808
  • Transparent 110404#110404

Auburn Color Patterns

  • Transparent

    Auburn Gingham Checks

  • Transparent

    Auburn Vertical Stripes Pattern

  • Transparent

    Auburn Polka Dots Pattern

  • Transparent

    Auburn Honeycomb Pattern

  • Transparent

    Auburn Leaves Pattern

  • Transparent

    Auburn Houndstooth Pattern

  • Transparent

    Auburn Trellis Pattern

  • Transparent

    Auburn Plaid Pattern

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