Smoky Color


Smoky is pale, cool-toned shade of mid blue. It is better contrasting with white. This color combines beautifully with mid yellow, green cyan or mid red

Inverse Color #9fa48c
Complementary Color #6e735b
Color Shade: mid blue (252.5° hue)
Color Temperature: cool
Lightness: 40.39% (better contrasting with white)
Smoky Color Sample
Smoky Color Sample

Better Alternatives To #605b73

If you're looking for a similar mid blue shade, there are some better alternatives to Smoky Color. The Capercaillie Mauve color for instance is a lighter and a bit more faded option, however this color has a cool blue bias. Consider a lighter and more soft alternative called Early Dawn (#797287) for more calm effect. Try Plum Shade as it also a bit more faded and calm.

Complementary Palette

#6e735b is the best complementary color to Smoky. Mid yellow shades generally complement the mid blue hues best as they are found on the opposite end of the color wheel. The most popular #605b73 complementary color is Kokoda, as it offers maximum contrast and grab the viewer's attention.

Analogous Palette

The analogous palette of blue cyan, mid blue, and violet colors offers a soft combination of similar cool shades. The analogous colors of Smoky are #5b6273 and #6c5b73. Thus found on the left and right of #605b73 on the color wheel with a 30° gap. Consider matching Shuttle Gray and Salt Box colors as they work well with Smoky.

Split-complementary Palette

The split-complementary Smoky palette consists of #62735b and #736c5b colors. They can be found 30° apart on either side of the complementary color (#6e735b). Try Willow Grove and Crocodile colors in combination with #605b73, 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 #605b73 offers a combination of mid green and mid red shades and equally high contrast between the three of them. Find triadic colors at the 120° distance from the Smoky. Thus Finlandia and Russett giving maximum hue separation to use all three together.

Square Palette

The square color palette of Smoky contains three additional colors. Thus, complementary Kokoda, Zambezi, and Corduroy split by 90° on the color wheel. #605b73 square combo is a palette of mid blue, red magenta, mid yellow and green cyan 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. Smoky tetradic combo consists of mid yellow complementary color (#6e735b) and two others. The Russett is positioned 120° clockwise from the primary color and Nevada – 120° from the complementary Kokoda. This palette is not recommended to use as-is. Try to tweak the saturation and brightness of #73605b and #5b6e73.

Conversion Table

In a RGB color space, hex #605b73 is made of 32% red, 30% green and 38% blue. In a HSL mode Smoky has a hue angle of 252.5°, a saturation of 11.65% and a lightness of 40.39%. In a CMYK space (used in printing only), hex #605b73 is made of 7.45% cyan, 9.41% magenta, 0% yellow and 54.9% black ink.

HEX #605b73
RGB Decimal rgb(96,91,115)
RGB Percentage 32%, 30%, 38%
CMYK 7.45, 9.41, 0, 54.9
HSL hsl(252.5,11.65%,40.39%)
HSV (or HSB) hsv(252.5,20.87%,45.1%)
CIE-LAB lab(39.9266,7.3745,-12.8677)
XYZ xyz(11.6595,11.2068,17.7683)