Dark Red

HEX #8B0000 / RGB (139, 0, 0)

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What is Dark Red Color?

Dark Red (Hex code: 8B0000) Thumbnail

Dark Red has the hex code #8B0000. The equivalent RGB values are (139, 0, 0), which means it is composed of 100% red, 0% green and 0% blue. The CMYK color codes, used in printers, are C:0 M:100 Y:100 K:46. In the HSV/HSB scale, Dark Red has a hue of 0°, 100% saturation and a brightness value of 55%.
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.

Dark Red is included in the web colors list. This means it can be used in HTML and CSS code with its name, “DarkRed”, in addition to hex, RGB, CMYK and HSB values.

Dark Red Color Codes

Hex Code#8B0000
RGB Values(139, 0, 0)
CMYK Values(0%, 100%, 100%, 46%)
HSV/HSB Values(0°, 100%, 55%)
Closest Web Safe#990000
Inverse Color#74FFFF [Electric Blue]
Closest Pantone®7427 C
Closest RAL3003 [Ruby red]
Complementary Color#008B8B [Dark Cyan]
Dark Red Converted to Grayscale Codes
Simple Average#2E2E2E
Weighted Average (Most Common)#2A2A2A
Weighted Average (Luma)#1E1E1E
Weighted Average (Gamma Adjusted)#5C5C5C

Dark Red Color Palettes

Complementary color palette of 8B0000. Complementary color is 008B8B

Complementary Palette

The complement of Dark Red is Dark Cyan with the hex code #008B8B. Complementary colors are those found at the opposite ends of the color wheel. Thus, as per the RGB system, the best contrast to #8B0000 color is offered by #008B8B. 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 (8B0000, 8B4600 and 8B0046)

Analogous Palette

The analogous colors of Dark Red (#8B0000) are Dark Bronze (#8B4600) and Rose Garnet (#8B0046). In the RGB color wheel, these two analogous colors occur to the right and left of Dark Red 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 (8B0000, 008B46 and 00468B)

Split-Complementary Palette

As per the RGB color wheel, the split-complementary colors of Dark Red (#8B0000) are #008B46 (Philippine Green) and #00468B (Midnight 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.

Triadic color palette with (8B0000, 008B00 and 00008B)

Triadic Palette

Dark Red triadic color palette has three colors each of which is separated by 120° in the RGB wheel. Thus, #008B00 (Islamic Green) and #00008B (Dark Blue) along with #8B0000 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 (8B0000, 008B00, 008B8B and 8B008B)

Tetradic Palette

The tetradic palette of Dark Red has four colors - #008B00 (Islamic Green), #008B8B (Dark Cyan) and #8B008B (Dark Magenta) in addition to the base color (#8B0000). 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 (8B0000, 468B00, 008B8B and 46008B)

Square Palette

Dark Red square color palette has #468B00 (Avocado), #008B8B (Dark Cyan) and #46008B (Indigo). 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

Dark Red Color Rainbow Palette

Our Dark Red 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 Dark Red Color


  • Transparent A23333#A23333
  • Transparent AE4D4D#AE4D4D
  • Transparent B96666#B96666
  • Transparent C58080#C58080
  • Transparent D19999#D19999
  • Transparent DCB3B3#DCB3B3
  • Transparent E8CCCC#E8CCCC
  • Transparent F3E6E6#F3E6E6


  • Transparent 891A1A#891A1A
  • Transparent 882626#882626
  • Transparent 873333#873333
  • Transparent 864040#864040
  • Transparent 844D4D#844D4D
  • Transparent 835A5A#835A5A
  • Transparent 826666#826666
  • Transparent 817373#817373


  • Transparent 6F0000#6F0000
  • Transparent 610000#610000
  • Transparent 530000#530000
  • Transparent 460000#460000
  • Transparent 380000#380000
  • Transparent 2A0000#2A0000
  • Transparent 1C0000#1C0000
  • Transparent 0E0000#0E0000

Dark Red Color Patterns

  • Transparent

    Dark Red Gingham Checks

  • Transparent

    Dark Red Vertical Stripes Pattern

  • Transparent

    Dark Red Polka Dots Pattern

  • Transparent

    Dark Red Honeycomb Pattern

  • Transparent

    Dark Red Leaves Pattern

  • Transparent

    Dark Red Houndstooth Pattern

  • Transparent

    Dark Red Trellis Pattern

  • Transparent

    Dark Red Plaid Pattern

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