Navy Blue Color


Navy Blue is deep, cool-toned shade of cool blue. It is better contrasting with white. This color combines beautifully with mid yellow, cool green or mid red

Inverse Color #ffff7f
Complementary Color #7f8000
Color Shade: cool blue (240° hue)
Color Temperature: cool
Lightness: 25.1% (better contrasting with white)
Navy Blue Color Sample
Navy Blue Color Sample

Better Alternatives To #000080

If you're looking for a similar cool blue shade, there are some better alternatives to Navy Blue Color. The Traditional Royal Blue color for instance is a lighter and a bit more faded option, however this color has a blue cyan bias. Consider a lighter and more soft alternative called Groundwater (#1100aa) for more calm effect. Try Zaffre as it also a bit more faded and calm.

Complementary Palette

#7f8000 is the best complementary color to Navy Blue. Mid yellow shades generally complement the cool blue hues best as they are found on the opposite end of the color wheel. The most popular #000080 complementary color is Olive, as it offers maximum contrast and grab the viewer's attention.

Analogous Palette

The analogous palette of blue cyan, cool blue, and warm blue colors offers a soft combination of similar cool shades. The analogous colors of Navy Blue are #003f80 and #3f0080. Thus found on the left and right of #000080 on the color wheel with a 30° gap. Consider matching Congress Blue and Pigment Indigo colors as they work well with Navy Blue.

Split-complementary Palette

The split-complementary Navy Blue palette consists of #408000 and #804000 colors. They can be found 30° apart on either side of the complementary color (#7f8000). Try Verdun Green and Cinnamon colors in combination with #000080, as they are not as contrasting as a complementary color, hence, giving more hue variety to make your design stand out.

Triadic Palette

The triadic palette of #000080 offers a combination of warm green and mid red shades and equally high contrast between the three of them. Find triadic colors at the 120° distance from the Navy Blue. Thus Japanese Laurel and Maroon giving maximum hue separation to use all three together.

Square Palette

The square color palette of Navy Blue contains three additional colors. Thus, complementary Olive, Siren, and Fun Green split by 90° on the color wheel. #000080 square combo is a palette of cool blue, warm magenta, mid yellow and cool green shades that work together well.

Tetradic Palette

The tetradic palette is a bit more complex than the square and has more of a rectangle shape. Navy Blue tetradic combo consists of mid yellow complementary color (#7f8000) and two others. The Maroon is positioned 120° clockwise from the primary color and Teal – 120° from the complementary Olive. This palette is not recommended to use as-is. Try to tweak the saturation and brightness of #800000 and #007f80.

Conversion Table

In a RGB color space, hex #000080 is made of 0% red, 0% green and 100% blue. In a HSL mode Navy Blue has a hue angle of 240°, a saturation of 100% and a lightness of 25.1%. In a CMYK space (used in printing only), hex #000080 is made of 50.2% cyan, 50.2% magenta, 0% yellow and 49.8% black ink.

HEX #000080
RGB Decimal rgb(0,0,128)
RGB Percentage 0%, 0%, 100%
CMYK 50.2, 50.2, 0, 49.8
HSL hsl(240,100%,25.1%)
HSV (or HSB) hsv(240,100%,50.2%)
CIE-LAB lab(12.9753,47.5078,-64.7043)
XYZ xyz(3.8963,1.5585,20.5175)