HEX #3D2B1F / RGB (61, 43, 31)

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What is Bistre Color?

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Bistre has the hex code #3D2B1F. The equivalent RGB values are (61, 43, 31), which means it is composed of 45% red, 32% green and 23% blue. The CMYK color codes, used in printers, are C:0 M:29 Y:49 K:76. In the HSV/HSB scale, Bistre has a hue of 24°, 49% saturation and a brightness value of 24%.
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.

Bistre is a dark brownish gray color white, in olden times, was made by boiling soot produced by burnt beechwood. This resultant liquid was diluted and was often used by painters as ink for their drawings.
The color can be applied to web pages with HTML and/or CSS via the hex, RGB, CMYK or HSB codes.
Other names: Soot brown

Bistre Color Codes

Hex Code#3D2B1F
RGB Values(61, 43, 31)
CMYK Values(0%, 29%, 49%, 76%)
HSV/HSB Values(24°, 49%, 24%)
Closest Web Safe#333333
Inverse Color#C2D4E0 [Columbia Blue]
Closest Pantone®Black 2 C
Closest RAL3007 [Black red]
Complementary Color#1F313D [Yankees Blue]
Bistre Converted to Grayscale Codes
Simple Average#2D2D2D
Weighted Average (Most Common)#2F2F2F
Weighted Average (Luma)#2E2E2E
Weighted Average (Gamma Adjusted)#727272

Bistre Color Palettes

Complementary color palette of 3D2B1F. Complementary color is 1F313D

Complementary Palette

The complement of Bistre is Yankees Blue with the hex code #1F313D. Complementary colors are those found at the opposite ends of the color wheel. Thus, as per the RGB system, the best contrast to #3D2B1F color is offered by #1F313D. 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 (3D2B1F, 3D3A1F and 3D1F22)

Analogous Palette

The analogous colors of Bistre (#3D2B1F) are Olive Drab #7 (#3D3A1F) and Temptress (#3D1F22). In the RGB color wheel, these two analogous colors occur to the right and left of Bistre 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 (3D2B1F, 1F3D3A and 1F223D)

Split-Complementary Palette

As per the RGB color wheel, the split-complementary colors of Bistre (#3D2B1F) are #1F3D3A (MSU Green) and #1F223D (Yankees Blue). 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 (3D2B1F, 1F3D2B and 2B1F3D)

Triadic Palette

Bistre triadic color palette has three colors each of which is separated by 120° in the RGB wheel. Thus, #1F3D2B (Medium Jungle Green) and #2B1F3D (Dark Purple) along with #3D2B1F 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 (3D2B1F, 1F3D2B, 1F313D and 3D1F31)

Tetradic Palette

The tetradic palette of Bistre has four colors - #1F3D2B (Medium Jungle Green), #1F313D (Yankees Blue) and #3D1F31 (Temptress) in addition to the base color (#3D2B1F). 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 (3D2B1F, 223D1F, 1F313D and 3A1F3D)

Square Palette

Bistre square color palette has #223D1F (Black Leather Jacket), #1F313D (Yankees Blue) and #3A1F3D (Dark Purple). 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

Bistre Color Rainbow Palette

Our Bistre 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 Bistre Color


  • Transparent 64554C#64554C
  • Transparent 776B62#776B62
  • Transparent 8B8079#8B8079
  • Transparent 9E958F#9E958F
  • Transparent B1AAA5#B1AAA5
  • Transparent C5BFBC#C5BFBC
  • Transparent D8D5D2#D8D5D2
  • Transparent ECEAE9#ECEAE9


  • Transparent 4A3C32#4A3C32
  • Transparent 51453C#51453C
  • Transparent 584D46#584D46
  • Transparent 5F5650#5F5650
  • Transparent 655E59#655E59
  • Transparent 6C6763#6C6763
  • Transparent 736F6D#736F6D
  • Transparent 797876#797876


  • Transparent 312219#312219
  • Transparent 2B1E16#2B1E16
  • Transparent 251A13#251A13
  • Transparent 1F1610#1F1610
  • Transparent 18110C#18110C
  • Transparent 120D09#120D09
  • Transparent 0C0906#0C0906
  • Transparent 060403#060403

Bistre Color Patterns

  • Transparent

    Bistre Gingham Checks

  • Transparent

    Bistre Vertical Stripes Pattern

  • Transparent

    Bistre Polka Dots Pattern

  • Transparent

    Bistre Honeycomb Pattern

  • Transparent

    Bistre Leaves Pattern

  • Transparent

    Bistre Houndstooth Pattern

  • Transparent

    Bistre Trellis Pattern

  • Transparent

    Bistre Plaid Pattern

Bistre Color Interior Ideas

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