Steel Blue Color


Steel 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 #b97d4b
Complementary Color #b47746
Color Shade: cool cyan (207.27° hue)
Color Temperature: cool
Lightness: 49.02% (better contrasting with white)
Steel Blue Color Sample
Steel Blue Color Sample

Better Alternatives To #4682b4

If you're looking for a similar cool cyan shade, there are some better alternatives to Steel Blue Color. The Sojourn Blue color for instance is a darker and a bit more faded option, however this color has a mid cyan bias. Consider a lighter and more soft alternative called Hush-A-Bye (#5397b7) for more calm effect. Try Waterline Blue as it also a bit more vibrant and energetic.

Complementary Palette

#b47746 is the best complementary color to Steel 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 #4682b4 complementary color is Santa Fe, 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 Steel Blue are #46b4af and #464bb4. Thus found on the left and right of #4682b4 on the color wheel with a 30° gap. Consider matching Fountain Blue and Blue Violet colors as they work well with Steel Blue.

Split-complementary Palette

The split-complementary Steel Blue palette consists of #b4af46 and #b4464b colors. They can be found 30° apart on either side of the complementary color (#b47746). Try Husk and Chestnut colors in combination with #4682b4, 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 #4682b4 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 Steel Blue. Thus Sushi and Blush giving maximum hue separation to use all three together.

Square Palette

The square color palette of Steel Blue contains three additional colors. Thus, complementary Santa Fe, Amethyst, and Apple split by 90° on the color wheel. #4682b4 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. Steel Blue tetradic combo consists of warm red complementary color (#b47746) and two others. The Blush is positioned 120° clockwise from the primary color and Ocean Green – 120° from the complementary Santa Fe. This palette is not recommended to use as-is. Try to tweak the saturation and brightness of #b44682 and #46b478.

Conversion Table

In a RGB color space, hex #4682b4 is made of 18% red, 34% green and 47% blue. In a HSL mode Steel Blue has a hue angle of 207.27°, a saturation of 44% and a lightness of 49.02%. In a CMYK space (used in printing only), hex #4682b4 is made of 43.14% cyan, 19.61% magenta, 0% yellow and 29.41% black ink.

HEX #4682b4
RGB Decimal rgb(70,130,180)
RGB Percentage 18%, 34%, 47%
CMYK 43.14, 19.61, 0, 29.41
HSL hsl(207.27,44%,49.02%)
HSV (or HSB) hsv(207.27,61.11%,70.59%)
CIE-LAB lab(52.4675,-4.0702,-32.1982)
XYZ xyz(18.7466,20.5626,46.1609)