Royal Blue Color


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

Inverse Color #be961e
Complementary Color #e1b940
Color Shade: blue cyan (225° hue)
Color Temperature: cool
Lightness: 56.86% (better contrasting with white)
Royal Blue Color Sample
Royal Blue Color Sample

Better Alternatives To #4169e1

If you're looking for a similar blue cyan shade, there are some better alternatives to Royal Blue Color. The Mariner color for instance is a darker and a bit more faded option, however this color has a cool cyan bias. Consider a darker and more soft alternative called Janitor (#2266cc) for more calm effect. Try Andrea Blue as it also a bit more faded and calm.

Complementary Palette

#e1b940 is the best complementary color to Royal Blue. Warm yellow shades generally complement the blue cyan hues best as they are found on the opposite end of the color wheel. The most popular #4169e1 complementary color is Anzac, as it offers maximum contrast and grab the viewer's attention.

Analogous Palette

The analogous palette of mid cyan, blue cyan, and warm blue colors offers a soft combination of similar cool shades. The analogous colors of Royal Blue are #40b9e1 and #6940e1. Thus found on the left and right of #4169e1 on the color wheel with a 30° gap. Consider matching Picton Blue and Royal Blue colors as they work well with Royal Blue.

Split-complementary Palette

The split-complementary Royal Blue palette consists of #b9e140 and #e16840 colors. They can be found 30° apart on either side of the complementary color (#e1b940). Try Conifer and Red Damask colors in combination with #4169e1, 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 #4169e1 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 Royal Blue. Thus Atlantis and Cerise Red giving maximum hue separation to use all three together.

Square Palette

The square color palette of Royal Blue contains three additional colors. Thus, complementary Anzac, Cerise, and Shamrock split by 90° on the color wheel. #4169e1 square combo is a palette of blue cyan, 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. Royal Blue tetradic combo consists of warm yellow complementary color (#e1b940) and two others. The Cerise Red is positioned 120° clockwise from the primary color and Turquoise – 120° from the complementary Anzac. This palette is not recommended to use as-is. Try to tweak the saturation and brightness of #e14068 and #40e1b9.

Conversion Table

In a RGB color space, hex #4169e1 is made of 16% red, 27% green and 57% blue. In a HSL mode Royal Blue has a hue angle of 225°, a saturation of 72.73% and a lightness of 56.86%. In a CMYK space (used in printing only), hex #4169e1 is made of 62.75% cyan, 47.06% magenta, 0% yellow and 11.76% black ink.

HEX #4169e1
RGB Decimal rgb(65,105,225)
RGB Percentage 16%, 27%, 57%
CMYK 62.75, 47.06, 0, 11.76
HSL hsl(225,72.73%,56.86%)
HSV (or HSB) hsv(225,71.11%,88.24%)
CIE-LAB lab(47.8328,26.274,-65.2706)
XYZ xyz(20.8222,16.6632,73.353)