HEX #36454F / RGB (54, 69, 79)

Black Charcoal

What is Charcoal Color?

Charcoal (Hex code: 36454F) Thumbnail

Charcoal has the hex code #36454F. The equivalent RGB values are (54, 69, 79), which means it is composed of 27% red, 34% green and 39% blue. The CMYK color codes, used in printers, are C:32 M:13 Y:0 K:69. In the HSV/HSB scale, Charcoal has a hue of 204°, 32% saturation and a brightness value of 31%.
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.

Charcoal is a dark bluish-grey color representative of burnt wood. To use it on a web pages with HTML and/or CSS, put in the hex, RGB, CMYK or HSB code.

Charcoal Color Codes

Hex Code#36454F
RGB Values(54, 69, 79)
CMYK Values(32%, 13%, 0%, 69%)
HSV/HSB Values(204°, 32%, 31%)
Closest Web Safe#333366
Inverse Color#C9BAB0 [Dark Vanilla]
Closest Pantone®432 C
Closest RAL7026 [Granite grey]
Complementary Color#4F4036 [Liver Chestnut (Horses)]
Charcoal Converted to Grayscale Codes
Simple Average#434343
Weighted Average (Most Common)#424242
Weighted Average (Luma)#434343
Weighted Average (Gamma Adjusted)#878787

Charcoal Color Palettes

Complementary color palette of 36454F. Complementary color is 4F4036

Complementary Palette

The complement of Charcoal is Liver Chestnut (Horses) with the hex code #4F4036. Complementary colors are those found at the opposite ends of the color wheel. Thus, as per the RGB system, the best contrast to #36454F color is offered by #4F4036. 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 (36454F, 36394F and 364F4D)

Analogous Palette

The analogous colors of Charcoal (#36454F) are Charcoal (#36394F) and Dark Slate Gray (#364F4D). In the RGB color wheel, these two analogous colors occur to the right and left of Charcoal 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 (36454F, 4F3639 and 4F4D36)

Split-Complementary Palette

As per the RGB color wheel, the split-complementary colors of Charcoal (#36454F) are #4F3639 (Dark Puce) and #4F4D36 (Olive Drab Camouflage). 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 (36454F, 4F3645 and 454F36)

Triadic Palette

Charcoal triadic color palette has three colors each of which is separated by 120° in the RGB wheel. Thus, #4F3645 (Dark Puce) and #454F36 (Rifle Green) along with #36454F 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 (36454F, 4F3645, 4F4036 and 364F40)

Tetradic Palette

The tetradic palette of Charcoal has four colors - #4F3645 (Dark Puce), #4F4036 (Liver Chestnut (Horses)) and #364F40 (Deep Moss Green) in addition to the base color (#36454F). 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 (36454F, 4D364F, 4F4036 and 394F36)

Square Palette

Charcoal square color palette has #4D364F (Purple Taupe), #4F4036 (Liver Chestnut (Horses)) and #394F36 (Rifle Green). 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

Charcoal Color Rainbow Palette

Our Charcoal 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 Charcoal Color


  • Transparent 5E6A72#5E6A72
  • Transparent 727D84#727D84
  • Transparent 868F95#868F95
  • Transparent 9BA2A7#9BA2A7
  • Transparent AFB5B9#AFB5B9
  • Transparent C3C7CA#C3C7CA
  • Transparent D7DADC#D7DADC
  • Transparent EBECED#EBECED


  • Transparent 455159#455159
  • Transparent 4C575E#4C575E
  • Transparent 545D63#545D63
  • Transparent 5B6368#5B6368
  • Transparent 62686C#62686C
  • Transparent 6A6E71#6A6E71
  • Transparent 717476#717476
  • Transparent 797A7B#797A7B


  • Transparent 2B373F#2B373F
  • Transparent 263037#263037
  • Transparent 20292F#20292F
  • Transparent 1B2328#1B2328
  • Transparent 161C20#161C20
  • Transparent 101518#101518
  • Transparent 0B0E10#0B0E10
  • Transparent 050708#050708

Charcoal Color Patterns

  • Transparent

    Charcoal Gingham Checks

  • Transparent

    Charcoal Vertical Stripes Pattern

  • Transparent

    Charcoal Polka Dots Pattern

  • Transparent

    Charcoal Honeycomb Pattern

  • Transparent

    Charcoal Leaves Pattern

  • Transparent

    Charcoal Houndstooth Pattern

  • Transparent

    Charcoal Trellis Pattern

  • Transparent

    Charcoal Plaid Pattern

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