Gamboge has the hex code #E49B0F. The equivalent RGB values are (228, 155, 15), which means it is composed of 57% red, 39% green and 4% blue. The CMYK color codes, used in printers, are C:0 M:32 Y:93 K:11. In the HSV/HSB scale, Gamboge has a hue of 39°, 93% saturation and a brightness value of 89%. 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.
Gamboge color is not included in the web list and cannot be used by name in HTML and CSS code. However, gamboge can be applied to web pages with its hex code, RGB and/or HSL values. Please note that the CMYK numbers listed on this page have been derived from the hexadecimal code using known formulae and are only approximates.
Gamboge is a strong orange yellow color (similar to saffron or mustard) traditionally used for dyeing of robes of Hindu sages and Buddhist monks. It is produced from the latex of any of the evergreen species of the family Clusiaceae, most commonly, Garcinia, the fruit of which is also known as Gamboge.
Here is an interesting fact about gamboge. It was used by French Nobel laureate Jean Perrin to verify the phenomenon of Brownian motion that had been theoretically explained by Albert Einstein. Gamboge color was used by William Hooker, the British illustrator of natural history, who mixed it with Prussian blue to create Hooker's Green.
The complement of Gamboge is Blue (RYB) with the hex code #0F58E4. Complementary colors are those found at the opposite ends of the color wheel. Thus, as per the RGB system, the best contrast to #E49B0F color is offered by #0F58E4. 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.
The analogous colors of Gamboge (#E49B0F) are Bitter Lemon (#C3E40F) and Vermilion (Plochere) (#E4310F). In the RGB color wheel, these two analogous colors occur to the right and left of Gamboge 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.
As per the RGB color wheel, the split-complementary colors of Gamboge (#E49B0F) are #0FC3E4 (Cyan (Process)) and #300FE4 (Interdimensional 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.
Gamboge triadic color palette has three colors each of which is separated by 120° in the RGB wheel. Thus, #0FE49B (Medium Spring Green) and #9B0FE4 (Purple (X11)) along with #E49B0F create a stunning and beautiful triadic palette with the maximum variation in hue and, therefore, offering the best possible contrast when taken together.
The tetradic palette of Gamboge has four colors - #0FE49B (Medium Spring Green), #0F58E4 (Blue (RYB)) and #E40F58 (Raspberry) in addition to the base color (#E49B0F). 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.
Gamboge square color palette has #0FE431 (Vivid Malachite), #0F58E4 (Blue (RYB)) and #E40FC3 (Shocking Pink). 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.
Gamboge Color Rainbow Palette
Our Gamboge 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.