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Formal Gray Color

HEX #979799 / RGB (151, 151, 153)

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What is Formal Gray Color?

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Formal Gray comes from the Pantone Textile Cotton eXtended list and has the PMS number 16-5102 TCX. It is not included in the web colors list and, therefore, cannot be used in HTML and CSS code by name. Formal Gray color hex code is #979799 with RGB equivalent (151, 151, 153). It can be applied to web pages with its hex, RGB or HSL values.
The CMYK values of this color are not available on the Pantone web site and the ones listed on this page have been calculated from the hexadecimal code.

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Formal Gray Color Codes

Hex Code#979799
RGB Values(151, 151, 153)
CMYK Values(1%, 1%, 0%, 40%)
HSV/HSB Values(240°, 1%, 60%)
Closest Web Safe#999999
Inverse Color#686866 [Granite Gray]
Pantone®16-5102 TCX
Closest RAL7004 [Signal grey]
Complementary Color#999997 [Spanish Gray]
Formal Gray Converted to Grayscale Codes
Simple Average#989898
Weighted Average (Most Common)#979797
Weighted Average (Luma)#979797
Weighted Average (Gamma Adjusted)#C4C4C4

Formal Gray Color Palettes

Formal Gray is almost gray. We don't think there is any need to display the color palettes.
Complementary color palette of 979799. Complementary color is 999997

Complementary Palette

The complement of Formal Gray is Spanish Gray with the hex code #999997. Complementary colors are those found at the opposite ends of the color wheel. Thus, as per the RGB system, the best contrast to #979799 color is offered by #999997. 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.

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Analogous color palette with (979799, 989799 and 979899)

Analogous Palette

The analogous colors of Formal Gray (#979799) are Spanish Gray (#989799) and Spanish Gray (#979899). In the RGB color wheel, these two analogous colors occur to the right and left of Formal Gray 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.

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Split Complementary color palette with (979799, 999897 and 989997)

Split-Complementary Palette

As per the RGB color wheel, the split-complementary colors of Formal Gray (#979799) are #999897 (Spanish Gray) and #989997 (Spanish Gray). 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.

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Triadic color palette with (979799, 999797 and 979997)

Triadic Palette

Formal Gray triadic color palette has three colors each of which is separated by 120° in the RGB wheel. Thus, #999797 (Spanish Gray) and #979997 (Spanish Gray) along with #979799 create a stunning and beautiful triadic palette with the maximum variation in hue and, therefore, offering the best possible contrast when taken together.

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Tetradic color palette with (979799, 999797, 999997 and 979999)

Tetradic Palette

The tetradic palette of Formal Gray has four colors - #999797 (Spanish Gray), #999997 (Spanish Gray) and #979999 (Spanish Gray) in addition to the base color (#979799). 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.

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Square color palette with (979799, 999798, 999997 and 979998)

Square Palette

Formal Gray square color palette has #999798 (Spanish Gray), #999997 (Spanish Gray) and #979998 (Spanish Gray). 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.

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Rainbow color

Formal Gray Color Rainbow Palette

Our Formal Gray 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.

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Tints, Tones & Shades of Formal Gray Color


  • Transparent ACACADACACAD
  • Transparent B6B6B8B6B6B8
  • Transparent C1C1C2C1C1C2
  • Transparent CBCBCCCBCBCC
  • Transparent D5D5D6D5D5D6
  • Transparent E0E0E0E0E0E0
  • Transparent EAEAEBEAEAEB
  • Transparent F5F5F5F5F5F5


  • Transparent 929294929294
  • Transparent 909092909092
  • Transparent 8E8E8F8E8E8F
  • Transparent 8C8C8D8C8C8D
  • Transparent 89898A89898A
  • Transparent 878788878788
  • Transparent 858585858585
  • Transparent 828283828283


  • Transparent 79797A79797A
  • Transparent 6A6A6B6A6A6B
  • Transparent 5B5B5C5B5B5C
  • Transparent 4C4C4D4C4C4D
  • Transparent 3C3C3D3C3C3D
  • Transparent 2D2D2E2D2D2E
  • Transparent 1E1E1F1E1E1F
  • Transparent 0F0F0F0F0F0F

Formal Gray Color Patterns

  • Transparent

    Formal Gray Gingham Checks

  • Transparent

    Formal Gray Vertical Stripes Pattern

  • Transparent

    Formal Gray Polka Dots Pattern

  • Transparent

    Formal Gray Honeycomb Pattern

  • Transparent

    Formal Gray Leaves Pattern

  • Transparent

    Formal Gray Houndstooth Pattern

  • Transparent

    Formal Gray Trellis Pattern

  • Transparent

    Formal Gray Plaid Pattern

Formal Gray Color Interior Ideas

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