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Harvard Crimson Color

HEX #A51C30 / RGB (165, 28, 48)

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What is Harvard Crimson Color?

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As per the official brand guide, Harvard Crimson color Pantone is 1807 C. To print the color on standard printers, use CMYK values (7, 94, 65, 25), which have also been specified in the guide.
For digital artwork, Harvard Crimson hex color code is #A51C30 with equivalent RGB (165, 28, 48). These can be used along with HSL values to display the color on web pages via HTML and CSS code.

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Harvard Crimson Color Codes

Hex Code#A51C30
RGB Values(165, 28, 48)
CMYK Values(7%, 94%, 65%, 25%)
HSV/HSB Values(351°, 83%, 65%)
Closest Web Safe#993333
Inverse Color#5AE3CF [Medium Turquoise]
Pantone®1807 C
Closest RAL3027 [Raspberry red]
Complementary Color#1CA591 [Jungle Green]
Harvard Crimson Converted to Grayscale Codes
Simple Average#505050
Weighted Average (Most Common)#474747
Weighted Average (Luma)#3B3B3B
Weighted Average (Gamma Adjusted)#7F7F7F

Harvard Crimson Color Palettes

Complementary color palette of A51C30. Complementary color is 1CA591

Complementary Palette

The complement of Harvard Crimson is Jungle Green with the hex code #1CA591. Complementary colors are those found at the opposite ends of the color wheel. Thus, as per the RGB system, the best contrast to #A51C30 color is offered by #1CA591. 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 (A51C30, A54C1C and A51C75)

Analogous Palette

The analogous colors of Harvard Crimson (#A51C30) are Metallic Brown (#A54C1C) and Amaranth Deep Purple (#A51C75). In the RGB color wheel, these two analogous colors occur to the right and left of Harvard Crimson 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 (A51C30, 1CA54C and 1C75A5)

Split-Complementary Palette

As per the RGB color wheel, the split-complementary colors of Harvard Crimson (#A51C30) are #1CA54C (Green (Pigment)) and #1C75A5 (Lapis Lazuli). 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 (A51C30, 30A51C and 1C30A5)

Triadic Palette

Harvard Crimson triadic color palette has three colors each of which is separated by 120° in the RGB wheel. Thus, #30A51C (Yellow-Green (Color Wheel)) and #1C30A5 (Egyptian Blue) along with #A51C30 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 (A51C30, 30A51C, 1CA591 and 911CA5)

Tetradic Palette

The tetradic palette of Harvard Crimson has four colors - #30A51C (Yellow-Green (Color Wheel)), #1CA591 (Jungle Green) and #911CA5 (Violet (RYB)) in addition to the base color (#A51C30). 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 (A51C30, 75A51C, 1CA591 and 4C1CA5)

Square Palette

Harvard Crimson square color palette has #75A51C (Olive Drab (#3)), #1CA591 (Jungle Green) and #4C1CA5 (American Violet). 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

Harvard Crimson Color Rainbow Palette

Our Harvard Crimson 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 Harvard Crimson Color


  • Transparent B74959B74959
  • Transparent C0606EC0606E
  • Transparent C97783C97783
  • Transparent D28E98D28E98
  • Transparent DBA4ACDBA4AC
  • Transparent E4BBC1E4BBC1
  • Transparent EDD2D6EDD2D6
  • Transparent F6E8EAF6E8EA


  • Transparent 9E30409E3040
  • Transparent 9A3A489A3A48
  • Transparent 964450964450
  • Transparent 934E58934E58
  • Transparent 8F58608F5860
  • Transparent 8B62688B6268
  • Transparent 876C70876C70
  • Transparent 847678847678


  • Transparent 841626841626
  • Transparent 741422741422
  • Transparent 63111D63111D
  • Transparent 530E18530E18
  • Transparent 420B13420B13
  • Transparent 32080E32080E
  • Transparent 21060A21060A
  • Transparent 110305110305

Harvard Crimson Color Patterns

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    Harvard Crimson Gingham Checks

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    Harvard Crimson Vertical Stripes Pattern

  • Transparent

    Harvard Crimson Polka Dots Pattern

  • Transparent

    Harvard Crimson Honeycomb Pattern

  • Transparent

    Harvard Crimson Leaves Pattern

  • Transparent

    Harvard Crimson Houndstooth Pattern

  • Transparent

    Harvard Crimson Trellis Pattern

  • Transparent

    Harvard Crimson Plaid Pattern

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