Cardinal has the hex code #C41E3A. The equivalent RGB values are (196, 30, 58), which means it is composed of
69% red, 11% green and 20% blue. The CMYK color codes, used in printers, are C:0 M:85 Y:70 K:23. In the HSV/HSB scale, Cardinal has a hue of 350°, 85% saturation and a brightness value of 77%. 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.
Cardinal is a vivid red color which is named after Catholic cardinals. The color is representative of the color of the cassocks worn by the clergymen. Also, the cardinal bird is named so because of the vivid red color of its feathers.
The complement of Cardinal is Light Sea Green with the hex code #1EC4A8. Complementary colors are those found at the opposite ends of the color wheel. Thus, as per the RGB system, the best contrast to #C41E3A color is offered by #1EC4A8. 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 Cardinal (#C41E3A) are Alloy Orange (#C4551E) and Medium Violet-Red (#C41E8D). In the RGB color wheel, these two analogous colors occur to the right and left of Cardinal 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 Cardinal (#C41E3A) are #1EC455 (Malachite) and #1E8DC4 (Cyan Cornflower 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.
Cardinal triadic color palette has three colors each of which is separated by 120° in the RGB wheel. Thus, #3AC41E (Harlequin Green) and #1E3AC4 (Persian Blue) along with #C41E3A 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 Cardinal has four colors - #3AC41E (Harlequin Green), #1EC4A8 (Light Sea Green) and #A81EC4 (Dark Orchid) in addition to the base color (#C41E3A). 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.
Cardinal square color palette has #8DC41E (Dark Lemon Lime), #1EC4A8 (Light Sea Green) and #551EC4 (Interdimensional Blue). 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.
Cardinal Color Rainbow Palette
Our Cardinal 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.