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French Bistre Color

HEX #856D4D / RGB (133, 109, 77)

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What is French Bistre Color?

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French Bistre has the hex code #856D4D. The equivalent RGB values are (133, 109, 77), which means it is composed of 42% red, 34% green and 24% blue. The CMYK color codes, used in printers, are C:0 M:18 Y:42 K:48. In the HSV/HSB scale, French Bistre has a hue of 34°, 42% saturation and a brightness value of 52%.
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.

French bistre is an olive brown color and comes to us from list widely used in France. The color can be applied on web pages with HTML and/or CSS via its RGB, HSL and/or hex codes. Please note that the CMYK values for French bistre as given on this page have been calculated from the hex color code using well-known formulae and are only approximations.

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French Bistre Color Codes

Hex Code#856D4D
RGB Values(133, 109, 77)
CMYK Values(0%, 18%, 42%, 48%)
HSV/HSB Values(34°, 42%, 52%)
Closest Web Safe#996666
Inverse Color#7A92B2 [Weldon Blue]
Closest Pantone®873 C
Closest RAL8000 [Green brown]
Complementary Color#4D6585 [Dark Electric Blue]
French Bistre Converted to Grayscale Codes
Simple Average#6A6A6A
Weighted Average (Most Common)#717171
Weighted Average (Luma)#707070
Weighted Average (Gamma Adjusted)#ABABAB

French Bistre Color Palettes

Complementary color palette of 856D4D. Complementary color is 4D6585

Complementary Palette

The complement of French Bistre is Dark Electric Blue with the hex code #4D6585. Complementary colors are those found at the opposite ends of the color wheel. Thus, as per the RGB system, the best contrast to #856D4D color is offered by #4D6585. 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 (856D4D, 81854D and 85514D)

Analogous Palette

The analogous colors of French Bistre (#856D4D) are Gold Fusion (#81854D) and Tuscan Red (#85514D). In the RGB color wheel, these two analogous colors occur to the right and left of French Bistre 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 (856D4D, 4D8185 and 514D85)

Split-Complementary Palette

As per the RGB color wheel, the split-complementary colors of French Bistre (#856D4D) are #4D8185 (Wintergreen Dream) and #514D85 (Purple Navy). 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 (856D4D, 4D856D and 6D4D85)

Triadic Palette

French Bistre triadic color palette has three colors each of which is separated by 120° in the RGB wheel. Thus, #4D856D (Hooker's Green) and #6D4D85 (Dark Lavender) along with #856D4D 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 (856D4D, 4D856D, 4D6585 and 854D65)

Tetradic Palette

The tetradic palette of French Bistre has four colors - #4D856D (Hooker's Green), #4D6585 (Dark Electric Blue) and #854D65 (Twilight Lavender) in addition to the base color (#856D4D). 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 (856D4D, 4D8551, 4D6585 and 854D81)

Square Palette

French Bistre square color palette has #4D8551 (Middle Green), #4D6585 (Dark Electric Blue) and #854D81 (Razzmic Berry). 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

French Bistre Color Rainbow Palette

Our French Bistre 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 French Bistre Color


  • Transparent 9D8A719D8A71
  • Transparent AA9982AA9982
  • Transparent B6A794B6A794
  • Transparent C2B6A6C2B6A6
  • Transparent CEC5B8CEC5B8
  • Transparent DAD3CADAD3CA
  • Transparent E7E2DBE7E2DB
  • Transparent F3F0EDF3F0ED


  • Transparent 847157847157
  • Transparent 84735C84735C
  • Transparent 837561837561
  • Transparent 837767837767
  • Transparent 82786C82786C
  • Transparent 827A71827A71
  • Transparent 817C76817C76
  • Transparent 817E7B817E7B


  • Transparent 6A573E6A573E
  • Transparent 5D4C365D4C36
  • Transparent 50412E50412E
  • Transparent 433727433727
  • Transparent 352C1F352C1F
  • Transparent 282117282117
  • Transparent 1B160F1B160F
  • Transparent 0D0B080D0B08

French Bistre Color Patterns

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    French Bistre Gingham Checks

  • Transparent

    French Bistre Vertical Stripes Pattern

  • Transparent

    French Bistre Polka Dots Pattern

  • Transparent

    French Bistre Honeycomb Pattern

  • Transparent

    French Bistre Leaves Pattern

  • Transparent

    French Bistre Houndstooth Pattern

  • Transparent

    French Bistre Trellis Pattern

  • Transparent

    French Bistre Plaid Pattern

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