Beige has the hex code #F5F5DC. The equivalent RGB values are (245, 245, 220), which means it is composed of
35% red, 35% green and 31% blue. The CMYK color codes, used in printers, are C:0 M:0 Y:10 K:4. In the HSV/HSB scale, Beige has a hue of 60°, 10% saturation and a brightness value of 96%. 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.
The name of the color comes from the French word for unbleached natural wool. Beige originally referred to a pale fawn color. However, the name is now used for a range of colors - from pale yellowish-brown to greyish-yellowish brown colors including neutral and light tints of those hues.
Please note that this beige from the web and X11 color lists is similar to cream and very different from the traditional definition of the color, as mentioned before. Please use the search function on the web site to get the traditional shades of beige including RAL's beige, Perfect Beige and Pure Beige. The color can be used with its name, "Beige", in HTML and CSS code instead of the hex code (#F5F5DC) and RGB values (245, 245, 220).
The complement of Beige is Azureish White with the hex code #DCDCF5. Complementary colors are those found at the opposite ends of the color wheel. Thus, as per the RGB system, the best contrast to #F5F5DC color is offered by #DCDCF5. 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.
The analogous colors of Beige (#F5F5DC) are Nyanza (#E9F5DC) and Antique White (#F5E9DC). In the RGB color wheel, these two analogous colors occur to the right and left of Beige 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.
As per the RGB color wheel, the split-complementary colors of Beige (#F5F5DC) are #DCE9F5 (Azureish White) and #E9DCF5 (Lavender (Web)). 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.
Beige triadic color palette has three colors each of which is separated by 120° in the RGB wheel. Thus, #DCF5F5 (Water) and #F5DCF5 (Pink Lace) along with #F5F5DC create a stunning and beautiful triadic palette with the maximum variation in hue and, therefore, offering the best possible contrast when taken together.
The tetradic palette of Beige has four colors - #DCF5F5 (Water), #DCDCF5 (Azureish White) and #F5DCDC (Pale Pink) in addition to the base color (#F5F5DC). 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.
Beige square color palette has #DCF5E9 (Azureish White), #DCDCF5 (Azureish White) and #F5DCE9 (Piggy Pink). 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.
Beige Color Rainbow Palette
Our Beige 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.