Aqua Color


Aqua is calm, cool-toned shade of warm cyan. It is better contrasting with black. This color combines beautifully with mid red, yellow green or mid magenta

Inverse Color #f00
Complementary Color #f00
Color Shade: warm cyan (180° hue)
Color Temperature: cool
Lightness: 50% (better contrasting with black)
Aqua Color Sample
Aqua Color Sample

Better Alternatives To #00ffff

If you're looking for a similar warm cyan shade, there are some better alternatives to Aqua Color. The Frozen Boubble color for instance is a darker and a bit more faded option, however this color has a green cyan bias. Consider a darker and more soft alternative called First Timer Green (#00e8d8) for more calm effect. Try Whimsical Blue as it also a bit more faded and calm.

Complementary Palette

#f00 is the best complementary color to Aqua. Mid red shades generally complement the warm cyan hues best as they are found on the opposite end of the color wheel. The most popular #0ff complementary color is White, as it offers maximum contrast and grab the viewer's attention.

Analogous Palette

The analogous palette of cool green, warm cyan, and blue cyan colors offers a soft combination of similar cool shades. The analogous colors of White are #00ff7f and #007fff. Thus found on the left and right of #0ff on the color wheel with a 30° gap. Consider matching Spring Green and Azure Radiance colors as they work well with Aqua.

Split-complementary Palette

The split-complementary Aqua palette consists of #ff7f00 and #ff007f colors. They can be found 30° apart on either side of the complementary color (#f00). Try Flush Orange and Rose colors in combination with #0ff, 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 #0ff offers a combination of mid yellow and mid magenta shades and equally high contrast between the three of them. Find triadic colors at the 120° distance from the Aqua. Thus Yellow and Magenta / Fuchsia giving maximum hue separation to use all three together.

Square Palette

The square color palette of Aqua contains three additional colors. Thus, complementary White, Electric Violet, and Chartreuse split by 90° on the color wheel. #0ff square combo is a palette of warm cyan, warm blue, mid red and yellow 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. Aqua tetradic combo consists of mid red complementary color (#f00) and two others. The Magenta / Fuchsia is positioned 120° clockwise from the primary color and White – 120° from the complementary White. This palette is not recommended to use as-is. Try to tweak the saturation and brightness of #ff00fe and #0f0.

Conversion Table

In a RGB color space, hex #00ffff is made of 0% red, 50% green and 50% blue. In a HSL mode Aqua has a hue angle of 180°, a saturation of 100% and a lightness of 50%. In a CMYK space (used in printing only), hex #00ffff is made of 100% cyan, 0% magenta, 0% yellow and 0% black ink.

HEX #00ffff
RGB Decimal rgb(0,255,255)
RGB Percentage 0%, 50%, 50%
CMYK 100, 0, 0, 0
HSL hsl(180,100%,50%)
HSV (or HSB) hsv(180,100%,100%)
CIE-LAB lab(91.1165,-48.0796,-14.1381)
XYZ xyz(53.81,78.74,106.97)