Steel Blue

HEX #4682B4 / RGB (70, 130, 180)

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What is Steel Blue Color?

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Steel Blue has the hex code #4682B4. The equivalent RGB values are (70, 130, 180), which means it is composed of 18% red, 34% green and 47% blue. The CMYK color codes, used in printers, are C:61 M:28 Y:0 K:29. In the HSV/HSB scale, Steel Blue has a hue of 207°, 61% saturation and a brightness value of 71%.
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.

A dull greyish-blue, Steel Blue name comes from the color of steel after it has undergone the process of bluing to protect it from rusting. Typically, Bluing is a electrochemical conversion coating in which the iron on the surface oxidises to form magnetite which results in a black-blue color.

Steel Blue is included in the web colors list and can be used with its name, "SteelBlue", in HTML and CSS code.

Steel Blue Color Codes

Hex Code#4682B4
RGB Values(70, 130, 180)
CMYK Values(61%, 28%, 0%, 29%)
HSV/HSB Values(207°, 61%, 71%)
Closest Web Safe#3399CC
Inverse Color#B97D4B [Deer]
Closest Pantone®7697 C
Closest RAL5012 [Light blue]
Complementary Color#B47846 [Brown Sugar]
Steel Blue Converted to Grayscale Codes
Simple Average#7F7F7F
Weighted Average (Most Common)#767676
Weighted Average (Luma)#797979
Weighted Average (Gamma Adjusted)#B1B1B1

Steel Blue Color Palettes

Complementary color palette of 4682B4. Complementary color is B47846

Complementary Palette

The complement of Steel Blue is Brown Sugar with the hex code #B47846. Complementary colors are those found at the opposite ends of the color wheel. Thus, as per the RGB system, the best contrast to #4682B4 color is offered by #B47846. 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 (4682B4, 464BB4 and 46B4AF)

Analogous Palette

The analogous colors of Steel Blue (#4682B4) are Ocean Blue (#464BB4) and Verdigris (#46B4AF). In the RGB color wheel, these two analogous colors occur to the right and left of Steel Blue 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 (4682B4, B4464B and B4AF46)

Split-Complementary Palette

As per the RGB color wheel, the split-complementary colors of Steel Blue (#4682B4) are #B4464B (Deep Chestnut) and #B4AF46 (Brass). 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 (4682B4, B44682 and 82B446)

Triadic Palette

Steel Blue triadic color palette has three colors each of which is separated by 120° in the RGB wheel. Thus, #B44682 (Mystic Maroon) and #82B446 (Bud Green) along with #4682B4 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 (4682B4, B44682, B47846 and 46B478)

Tetradic Palette

The tetradic palette of Steel Blue has four colors - #B44682 (Mystic Maroon), #B47846 (Brown Sugar) and #46B478 (Medium Sea Green) in addition to the base color (#4682B4). 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 (4682B4, AF46B4, B47846 and 4BB446)

Square Palette

Steel Blue square color palette has #AF46B4 (Purple Plum), #B47846 (Brown Sugar) and #4BB446 (Apple). 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

Steel Blue Color Rainbow Palette

Our Steel Blue 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 Steel Blue Color


  • Transparent 6B9BC3#6B9BC3
  • Transparent 7EA8CB#7EA8CB
  • Transparent 90B4D2#90B4D2
  • Transparent A3C1DA#A3C1DA
  • Transparent B5CDE1#B5CDE1
  • Transparent C8DAE9#C8DAE9
  • Transparent DAE6F0#DAE6F0
  • Transparent EDF3F8#EDF3F8


  • Transparent 5282AA#5282AA
  • Transparent 5781A4#5781A4
  • Transparent 5D819F#5D819F
  • Transparent 63819A#63819A
  • Transparent 698195#698195
  • Transparent 6F8190#6F8190
  • Transparent 74808A#74808A
  • Transparent 7A8085#7A8085


  • Transparent 386890#386890
  • Transparent 315B7E#315B7E
  • Transparent 2A4E6C#2A4E6C
  • Transparent 23415A#23415A
  • Transparent 1C3448#1C3448
  • Transparent 152736#152736
  • Transparent 0E1A24#0E1A24
  • Transparent 070D12#070D12

Steel Blue Color Patterns

  • Transparent

    Steel Blue Gingham Checks

  • Transparent

    Steel Blue Vertical Stripes Pattern

  • Transparent

    Steel Blue Polka Dots Pattern

  • Transparent

    Steel Blue Honeycomb Pattern

  • Transparent

    Steel Blue Leaves Pattern

  • Transparent

    Steel Blue Houndstooth Pattern

  • Transparent

    Steel Blue Trellis Pattern

  • Transparent

    Steel Blue Plaid Pattern

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