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Subtle Gray Color

HEX #ADAAA8 / RGB (173, 170, 168)

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What is Subtle Gray Color?

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Subtle Gray has the hex code #ADAAA8. The equivalent RGB values are (173, 170, 168), which means it is composed of 34% red, 33% green and 33% blue. The CMYK color codes, used in printers, are C:0 M:2 Y:3 K:32. In the HSV/HSB scale, Subtle Gray has a hue of 24°, 3% saturation and a brightness value of 68%.
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.

Subtle Gray color is not included in the web list and cannot be used by name in HTML and CSS code. However, Subtle Gray 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.

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Subtle Gray Color Codes

Hex Code#ADAAA8
RGB Values(173, 170, 168)
CMYK Values(0%, 2%, 3%, 32%)
HSV/HSB Values(24°, 3%, 68%)
Closest Web Safe#999999
Inverse Color#525557 [Davy's Grey]
Closest Pantone®Cool Gray 6 C
Closest RAL7038 [Agate grey]
Complementary Color#A8ABAD [Metallic Silver]
Subtle Gray Converted to Grayscale Codes
Simple Average#AAAAAA
Weighted Average (Most Common)#ABABAB
Weighted Average (Luma)#AAAAAA
Weighted Average (Gamma Adjusted)#CECECE

Subtle Gray Color Palettes

Subtle Gray is almost gray. We don't think there is any need to display the color palettes.
Complementary color palette of ADAAA8. Complementary color is A8ABAD

Complementary Palette

The complement of Subtle Gray is Metallic Silver with the hex code #A8ABAD. Complementary colors are those found at the opposite ends of the color wheel. Thus, as per the RGB system, the best contrast to #ADAAA8 color is offered by #A8ABAD. 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 (ADAAA8, ADADA8 and ADA8A9)

Analogous Palette

The analogous colors of Subtle Gray (#ADAAA8) are Silver Chalice (#ADADA8) and Dark Gray (X11) (#ADA8A9). In the RGB color wheel, these two analogous colors occur to the right and left of Subtle 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.

Split Complementary color palette with (ADAAA8, A8ADAD and A8A9AD)

Split-Complementary Palette

As per the RGB color wheel, the split-complementary colors of Subtle Gray (#ADAAA8) are #A8ADAD (Metallic Silver) and #A8A9AD (Metallic Silver). 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 (ADAAA8, A8ADAA and AAA8AD)

Triadic Palette

Subtle Gray triadic color palette has three colors each of which is separated by 120° in the RGB wheel. Thus, #A8ADAA (Dark Gray (X11)) and #AAA8AD (Silver (Metallic)) along with #ADAAA8 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 (ADAAA8, A8ADAA, A8ABAD and ADA8AB)

Tetradic Palette

The tetradic palette of Subtle Gray has four colors - #A8ADAA (Dark Gray (X11)), #A8ABAD (Metallic Silver) and #ADA8AB (Silver (Metallic)) in addition to the base color (#ADAAA8). 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 (ADAAA8, A9ADA8, A8ABAD and ADA8AD)

Square Palette

Subtle Gray square color palette has #A9ADA8 (Dark Gray (X11)), #A8ABAD (Metallic Silver) and #ADA8AD (Silver (Metallic)). 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

Subtle Gray Color Rainbow Palette

Our Subtle 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.


Tints, Tones & Shades of Subtle Gray Color


  • Transparent BDBBB9BDBBB9
  • Transparent C6C4C2C6C4C2
  • Transparent CECCCBCECCCB
  • Transparent D6D5D4D6D5D4
  • Transparent DEDDDCDEDDDC
  • Transparent E6E6E5E6E6E5
  • Transparent EFEEEEEFEEEE
  • Transparent F7F7F6F7F7F6


  • Transparent A4A2A0A4A2A0
  • Transparent A09D9CA09D9C
  • Transparent 9B99989B9998
  • Transparent 979594979594
  • Transparent 929190929190
  • Transparent 8E8D8C8E8D8C
  • Transparent 898888898888
  • Transparent 858484858484


  • Transparent 8A88868A8886
  • Transparent 797776797776
  • Transparent 686665686665
  • Transparent 575554575554
  • Transparent 454443454443
  • Transparent 343332343332
  • Transparent 232222232222
  • Transparent 111111111111

Subtle Gray Color Patterns

  • Transparent

    Subtle Gray Gingham Checks

  • Transparent

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  • Transparent

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  • Transparent

    Subtle Gray Honeycomb Pattern

  • Transparent

    Subtle Gray Leaves Pattern

  • Transparent

    Subtle Gray Houndstooth Pattern

  • Transparent

    Subtle Gray Trellis Pattern

  • Transparent

    Subtle Gray Plaid Pattern

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