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Columbia Blue Color

HEX #B9D9EB / RGB (185, 217, 235)

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What is Columbia Blue Color?

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As per the official brand guide, Columbia Blue color Pantone is 290 C. To print the color on standard printers, use CMYK values (23, 0, 1, 0), which have also been specified in the guide.
For digital artwork, Columbia Blue hex color code is #B9D9EB with equivalent RGB (185, 217, 235). These can be used along with HSL values to display the color on web pages via HTML and CSS code.

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Columbia Blue Color Codes

Hex Code#B9D9EB
RGB Values(185, 217, 235)
CMYK Values(23%, 0%, 1%, 0%)
HSV/HSB Values(202°, 21%, 92%)
Closest Web Safe#CCCCFF
Inverse Color#462614 [Bistre]
Pantone®290 C
Closest RAL7047 [Telegrey 4]
Complementary Color#EBCBB9 [Desert Sand]
Columbia Blue Converted to Grayscale Codes
Simple Average#D4D4D4
Weighted Average (Most Common)#D1D1D1
Weighted Average (Luma)#D3D3D3
Weighted Average (Gamma Adjusted)#E3E3E3

Columbia Blue Color Palettes

Complementary color palette of B9D9EB. Complementary color is EBCBB9

Complementary Palette

The complement of Columbia Blue is Desert Sand with the hex code #EBCBB9. Complementary colors are those found at the opposite ends of the color wheel. Thus, as per the RGB system, the best contrast to #B9D9EB color is offered by #EBCBB9. 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 (B9D9EB, B9C0EB and B9EBE4)

Analogous Palette

The analogous colors of Columbia Blue (#B9D9EB) are Vodka (#B9C0EB) and Powder Blue (#B9EBE4). In the RGB color wheel, these two analogous colors occur to the right and left of Columbia Blue 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 (B9D9EB, EBB9C0 and EBE4B9)

Split-Complementary Palette

As per the RGB color wheel, the split-complementary colors of Columbia Blue (#B9D9EB) are #EBB9C0 (Cameo Pink) and #EBE4B9 (Dutch White). 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 (B9D9EB, EBB9D9 and D9EBB9)

Triadic Palette

Columbia Blue triadic color palette has three colors each of which is separated by 120° in the RGB wheel. Thus, #EBB9D9 (Thistle (Crayola)) and #D9EBB9 (Tea Green) along with #B9D9EB 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 (B9D9EB, EBB9D9, EBCBB9 and B9EBCB)

Tetradic Palette

The tetradic palette of Columbia Blue has four colors - #EBB9D9 (Thistle (Crayola)), #EBCBB9 (Desert Sand) and #B9EBCB (Magic Mint) in addition to the base color (#B9D9EB). 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 (B9D9EB, E4B9EB, EBCBB9 and C0EBB9)

Square Palette

Columbia Blue square color palette has #E4B9EB (Mauve), #EBCBB9 (Desert Sand) and #C0EBB9 (Tea 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

Columbia Blue Color Rainbow Palette

Our Columbia Blue 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 Columbia Blue Color


  • Transparent C7E1EFC7E1EF
  • Transparent CEE4F1CEE4F1
  • Transparent D5E8F3D5E8F3
  • Transparent DCECF5DCECF5
  • Transparent E3F0F7E3F0F7
  • Transparent EAF4F9EAF4F9
  • Transparent F1F7FBF1F7FB
  • Transparent F8FBFDF8FBFD


  • Transparent AEC7D6AEC7D6
  • Transparent A8BECBA8BECB
  • Transparent A2B5C0A2B5C0
  • Transparent 9DADB69DADB6
  • Transparent 97A4AB97A4AB
  • Transparent 919BA0919BA0
  • Transparent 8B92958B9295
  • Transparent 86898B86898B


  • Transparent 94AEBC94AEBC
  • Transparent 8298A58298A5
  • Transparent 6F828D6F828D
  • Transparent 5D6D765D6D76
  • Transparent 4A575E4A575E
  • Transparent 384147384147
  • Transparent 252B2F252B2F
  • Transparent 131618131618

Columbia Blue Color Patterns

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    Columbia Blue Gingham Checks

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    Columbia Blue Vertical Stripes Pattern

  • Transparent

    Columbia Blue Polka Dots Pattern

  • Transparent

    Columbia Blue Honeycomb Pattern

  • Transparent

    Columbia Blue Leaves Pattern

  • Transparent

    Columbia Blue Houndstooth Pattern

  • Transparent

    Columbia Blue Trellis Pattern

  • Transparent

    Columbia Blue Plaid Pattern

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