Blue (NCS)

HEX #0087BD / RGB (0, 135, 189)

Blue flowing cloth

What is Blue (NCS) Color?

Blue (NCS) (Hex code: 0087BD) Thumbnail

Blue (NCS) has the hex code #0087BD. The equivalent RGB values are (0, 135, 189), which means it is composed of 0% red, 42% green and 58% blue. The CMYK color codes, used in printers, are C:100 M:29 Y:0 K:26. In the HSV/HSB scale, Blue (NCS) has a hue of 197°, 100% saturation and a brightness value of 74%.
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 basic blue color of the Natural Color System, used widely in Scandinavia, is close to azure and different from the one of the RGB wheel. For HTML and CSS code, please use the hex, RGB, CMYK or HSB color values.

Blue (NCS) Color Codes

Hex Code#0087BD
RGB Values(0, 135, 189)
CMYK Values(100%, 29%, 0%, 26%)
HSV/HSB Values(197°, 100%, 74%)
Closest Web Safe#0099CC
Inverse Color#FF7842 [Mango Tango]
Closest Pantone®7460 C
Closest RAL5015 [Sky blue]
Complementary Color#BD3600 [Mahogany]
Blue (NCS) Converted to Grayscale Codes
Simple Average#6C6C6C
Weighted Average (Most Common)#646464
Weighted Average (Luma)#6E6E6E
Weighted Average (Gamma Adjusted)#AAAAAA

Blue (NCS) Color Palettes

Complementary color palette of 0087BD. Complementary color is BD3600

Complementary Palette

The complement of Blue (NCS) is Mahogany with the hex code #BD3600. Complementary colors are those found at the opposite ends of the color wheel. Thus, as per the RGB system, the best contrast to #0087BD color is offered by #BD3600. 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 (0087BD, 0029BD and 00BD95)

Analogous Palette

The analogous colors of Blue (NCS) (#0087BD) are UA Blue (#0029BD) and Caribbean Green (#00BD95). In the RGB color wheel, these two analogous colors occur to the right and left of Blue (NCS) 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 (0087BD, BD0029 and BD9500)

Split-Complementary Palette

As per the RGB color wheel, the split-complementary colors of Blue (NCS) (#0087BD) are #BD0029 (Crimson Glory) and #BD9500 (Light Gold). 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 (0087BD, BD0087 and 87BD00)

Triadic Palette

Blue (NCS) triadic color palette has three colors each of which is separated by 120° in the RGB wheel. Thus, #BD0087 (Medium Violet-Red) and #87BD00 (Apple Green) along with #0087BD 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 (0087BD, BD0087, BD3600 and 00BD36)

Tetradic Palette

The tetradic palette of Blue (NCS) has four colors - #BD0087 (Medium Violet-Red), #BD3600 (Mahogany) and #00BD36 (Dark Pastel Green) in addition to the base color (#0087BD). 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 (0087BD, 9500BD, BD3600 and 29BD00)

Square Palette

Blue (NCS) square color palette has #9500BD (Purple (Munsell)), #BD3600 (Mahogany) and #29BD00 (Yellow-Green (Color Wheel)). 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

Blue (NCS) Color Rainbow Palette

Our Blue (NCS) 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 Blue (NCS) Color


  • Transparent 339FCA#339FCA
  • Transparent 4DABD1#4DABD1
  • Transparent 66B7D7#66B7D7
  • Transparent 80C3DE#80C3DE
  • Transparent 99CFE5#99CFE5
  • Transparent B3DBEB#B3DBEB
  • Transparent CCE7F2#CCE7F2
  • Transparent E6F3F8#E6F3F8


  • Transparent 1A86B1#1A86B1
  • Transparent 2685AB#2685AB
  • Transparent 3384A5#3384A5
  • Transparent 40849F#40849F
  • Transparent 4D8398#4D8398
  • Transparent 5A8292#5A8292
  • Transparent 66818C#66818C
  • Transparent 738186#738186


  • Transparent 006C97#006C97
  • Transparent 005F84#005F84
  • Transparent 005171#005171
  • Transparent 00445F#00445F
  • Transparent 00364C#00364C
  • Transparent 002939#002939
  • Transparent 001B26#001B26
  • Transparent 000E13#000E13

Blue (NCS) Color Patterns

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    Blue (NCS) Gingham Checks

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    Blue (NCS) Vertical Stripes Pattern

  • Transparent

    Blue (NCS) Polka Dots Pattern

  • Transparent

    Blue (NCS) Honeycomb Pattern

  • Transparent

    Blue (NCS) Leaves Pattern

  • Transparent

    Blue (NCS) Houndstooth Pattern

  • Transparent

    Blue (NCS) Trellis Pattern

  • Transparent

    Blue (NCS) Plaid Pattern

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