Gulf Blue Color


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

Inverse Color #fae9a8
Complementary Color #574604
Color Shade: cool blue (227.56° hue)
Color Temperature: cool
Lightness: 18.04% (better contrasting with white)
Gulf Blue Color Sample
Gulf Blue Color Sample

Better Alternatives To #051657

If you're looking for a similar cool blue shade, there are some better alternatives to Gulf Blue Color. The Tangaroa color for instance is a darker and a bit more vibrant option, however this color has a blue cyan bias. Consider a lighter and more saturated alternative called Catalina Blue (#062a78) for more energetic effect. Try Blue Lust as it also a bit more vibrant and energetic.

Complementary Palette

#574604 is the best complementary color to Gulf Blue. Warm yellow shades generally complement the cool blue hues best as they are found on the opposite end of the color wheel. The most popular #051657 complementary color is Deep Bronze, as it offers maximum contrast and grab the viewer's attention.

Analogous Palette

The analogous palette of cool cyan, cool blue, and warm blue colors offers a soft combination of similar cool shades. The analogous colors of Gulf Blue are #043e57 and #1d0457. Thus found on the left and right of #051657 on the color wheel with a 30° gap. Consider matching Teal Blue and Cherry Pie colors as they work well with Gulf Blue.

Split-complementary Palette

The split-complementary Gulf Blue palette consists of #3e5704 and #571d04 colors. They can be found 30° apart on either side of the complementary color (#574604). Try Verdun Green and Brown Bramble colors in combination with #051657, 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 #051657 offers a combination of warm green and cool red shades and equally high contrast between the three of them. Find triadic colors at the 120° distance from the Gulf Blue. Thus San Felix and Rustic Red giving maximum hue separation to use all three together.

Square Palette

The square color palette of Gulf Blue contains three additional colors. Thus, complementary Deep Bronze, Mulberry Wood, and Zuccini split by 90° on the color wheel. #051657 square combo is a palette of cool blue, warm magenta, warm 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. Gulf Blue tetradic combo consists of warm yellow complementary color (#574604) and two others. The Rustic Red is positioned 120° clockwise from the primary color and Evening Sea – 120° from the complementary Deep Bronze. This palette is not recommended to use as-is. Try to tweak the saturation and brightness of #570415 and #045746.

Conversion Table

In a RGB color space, hex #051657 is made of 4% red, 19% green and 76% blue. In a HSL mode Gulf Blue has a hue angle of 227.56°, a saturation of 89.13% and a lightness of 18.04%. In a CMYK space (used in printing only), hex #051657 is made of 32.16% cyan, 25.49% magenta, 0% yellow and 65.88% black ink.

HEX #051657
RGB Decimal rgb(5,22,87)
RGB Percentage 4%, 19%, 76%
CMYK 32.16, 25.49, 0, 65.88
HSL hsl(227.56,89.13%,18.04%)
HSV (or HSB) hsv(227.56,94.25%,34.12%)
CIE-LAB lab(11.2349,22.2343,-40.67)
XYZ xyz(2.0698,1.2942,9.1575)