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Cardinal Color

HEX #C41E3A / RGB (196, 30, 58)

Cardinal bird

What is Cardinal Color?

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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.

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Cardinal Color Codes

Hex Code#C41E3A
RGB Values(196, 30, 58)
CMYK Values(0%, 85%, 70%, 23%)
HSV/HSB Values(350°, 85%, 77%)
Closest Web Safe#CC3333
Inverse Color#3BE1C5 [Turquoise]
Closest Pantone®193 C
Closest RAL3028 [Pure red]
Complementary Color#1EC4A8 [Light Sea Green]
Cardinal Converted to Grayscale Codes
Simple Average#5F5F5F
Weighted Average (Most Common)#535353
Weighted Average (Luma)#434343
Weighted Average (Gamma Adjusted)#888888

Cardinal Color Palettes

Complementary color palette of C41E3A. Complementary color is 1EC4A8

Complementary Palette

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.

C41E3A 1EC4A8
Analogous color palette with (C41E3A, C4551E and C41E8D)

Analogous Palette

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.

C41E3A C4551E C41E8D
Split Complementary color palette with (C41E3A, 1EC455 and 1E8DC4)

Split-Complementary Palette

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.

C41E3A 1EC455 1E8DC4
Triadic color palette with (C41E3A, 3AC41E and 1E3AC4)

Triadic Palette

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.

C41E3A 3AC41E 1E3AC4
Tetradic color palette with (C41E3A, 3AC41E, 1EC4A8 and A81EC4)

Tetradic Palette

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.

C41E3A 3AC41E 1EC4A8 A81EC4
Square color palette with (C41E3A, 8DC41E, 1EC4A8 and 551EC4)

Square Palette

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.

C41E3A 8DC41E 1EC4A8 551EC4
Rainbow color

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.

C41E3A C4911E 69C41E 1EC461 1E99C4 321EC4 C01EC4

Tints, Tones & Shades of Cardinal Color


  • Transparent D04B61D04B61
  • Transparent D66275D66275
  • Transparent DC7889DC7889
  • Transparent E28F9DE28F9D
  • Transparent E7A5B0E7A5B0
  • Transparent EDBCC4EDBCC4
  • Transparent F3D2D8F3D2D8
  • Transparent F9E9EBF9E9EB


  • Transparent B63248B63248
  • Transparent B03B4FB03B4F
  • Transparent A94556A94556
  • Transparent A24F5DA24F5D
  • Transparent 9B59649B5964
  • Transparent 94636B94636B
  • Transparent 8E6C728E6C72
  • Transparent 877679877679


  • Transparent 9D182E9D182E
  • Transparent 891529891529
  • Transparent 761223761223
  • Transparent 620F1D620F1D
  • Transparent 4E0C174E0C17
  • Transparent 3B09113B0911
  • Transparent 27060C27060C
  • Transparent 140306140306

Cardinal Color Patterns

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    Cardinal Gingham Checks

  • Transparent

    Cardinal Vertical Stripes Pattern

  • Transparent

    Cardinal Polka Dots Pattern

  • Transparent

    Cardinal Honeycomb Pattern

  • Transparent

    Cardinal Leaves Pattern

  • Transparent

    Cardinal Houndstooth Pattern

  • Transparent

    Cardinal Trellis Pattern

  • Transparent

    Cardinal Plaid Pattern

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