Picton Blue Color


Picton Blue is calm, cool-toned shade of cool cyan. It is better contrasting with white. This color combines beautifully with warm red, warm green or warm magenta

Inverse Color #ba4e17
Complementary Color #e77b45
Color Shade: cool cyan (200.25° hue)
Color Temperature: cool
Lightness: 59.02% (better contrasting with white)
Picton Blue Color Sample
Picton Blue Color Sample

Better Alternatives To #45b1e8

If you're looking for a similar cool cyan shade, there are some better alternatives to Picton Blue Color. The Button Blue color for instance is a darker and a bit more vibrant option, however this color has a mid cyan bias. Consider a darker and more soft alternative called Lake Thun (#44bbdd) for more calm effect. Try Spritzig as it also a bit more faded and calm.

Complementary Palette

#e77b45 is the best complementary color to Picton Blue. Warm red shades generally complement the cool cyan hues best as they are found on the opposite end of the color wheel. The most popular #45b1e8 complementary color is Burnt Sienna, as it offers maximum contrast and grab the viewer's attention.

Analogous Palette

The analogous palette of warm cyan, cool cyan, and cool blue colors offers a soft combination of similar cool shades. The analogous colors of Picton Blue are #45e7cd and #455fe7. Thus found on the left and right of #45b1e8 on the color wheel with a 30° gap. Consider matching Turquoise and Royal Blue colors as they work well with Picton Blue.

Split-complementary Palette

The split-complementary Picton Blue palette consists of #e7cd45 and #e7455f colors. They can be found 30° apart on either side of the complementary color (#e77b45). Try Ronchi and Mandy colors in combination with #45b1e8, 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 #45b1e8 offers a combination of cool yellow and warm magenta shades and equally high contrast between the three of them. Find triadic colors at the 120° distance from the Picton Blue. Thus Conifer and Brilliant Rose giving maximum hue separation to use all three together.

Square Palette

The square color palette of Picton Blue contains three additional colors. Thus, complementary Burnt Sienna, Lavender, and Pastel Green split by 90° on the color wheel. #45b1e8 square combo is a palette of cool cyan, cool magenta, warm red and warm 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. Picton Blue tetradic combo consists of warm red complementary color (#e77b45) and two others. The Brilliant Rose is positioned 120° clockwise from the primary color and Shamrock – 120° from the complementary Burnt Sienna. This palette is not recommended to use as-is. Try to tweak the saturation and brightness of #e745b0 and #45e77c.

Conversion Table

In a RGB color space, hex #45b1e8 is made of 14% red, 37% green and 49% blue. In a HSL mode Picton Blue has a hue angle of 200.25°, a saturation of 77.99% and a lightness of 59.02%. In a CMYK space (used in printing only), hex #45b1e8 is made of 63.92% cyan, 21.57% magenta, 0% yellow and 9.02% black ink.

HEX #45b1e8
RGB Decimal rgb(69,177,232)
RGB Percentage 14%, 37%, 49%
CMYK 63.92, 21.57, 0, 9.02
HSL hsl(200.25,77.99%,59.02%)
HSV (or HSB) hsv(200.25,70.26%,90.98%)
CIE-LAB lab(68.4136,-13.3487,-36.4633)
XYZ xyz(32.7419,38.5357,82.0564)