Bitter Color


Bitter is pale, warm-toned shade of mid yellow. It is better contrasting with white. This color combines beautifully with mid blue, red magenta or mid cyan

Inverse Color #79768b
Complementary Color #777489
Color Shade: mid yellow (68.57° hue)
Color Temperature: warm
Lightness: 49.61% (better contrasting with white)
Bitter Color Sample
Bitter Color Sample

Better Alternatives To #868974

If you're looking for a similar mid yellow shade, there are some better alternatives to Bitter Color. The Kariyasu Green color for instance is a darker and a bit more vibrant option, however this color has a warm yellow bias. Consider a darker and more saturated alternative called Herb Cornucopia (#6e7357) for more energetic effect. Try Sage as it also a bit more vibrant and energetic.

Complementary Palette

#777489 is the best complementary color to Bitter. Mid blue shades generally complement the mid yellow hues best as they are found on the opposite end of the color wheel. The most popular #868974 complementary color is Topaz, as it offers maximum contrast and grab the viewer's attention.

Analogous Palette

The analogous palette of orange, mid yellow, and yellow green colors offers a soft combination of similar warm shades. The analogous colors of Bitter are #898174 and #7b8974. Thus found on the left and right of #868974 on the color wheel with a 30° gap. Consider matching Olive Haze and Camouflage Green colors as they work well with Bitter.

Split-complementary Palette

The split-complementary Bitter palette consists of #817489 and #747b89 colors. They can be found 30° apart on either side of the complementary color (#777489). Try Mobster and Raven colors in combination with #868974, 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 #868974 offers a combination of mid magenta and mid cyan shades and equally high contrast between the three of them. Find triadic colors at the 120° distance from the Bitter. Thus Monsoon and Sirocco giving maximum hue separation to use all three together.

Square Palette

The square color palette of Bitter contains three additional colors. Thus, complementary Topaz, Blue Smoke, and Empress split by 90° on the color wheel. #868974 square combo is a palette of mid yellow, green cyan, mid blue and red magenta 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. Bitter tetradic combo consists of mid blue complementary color (#777489) and two others. The Sirocco is positioned 120° clockwise from the primary color and Americano – 120° from the complementary Topaz. This palette is not recommended to use as-is. Try to tweak the saturation and brightness of #748689 and #897774.

Conversion Table

In a RGB color space, hex #868974 is made of 35% red, 35% green and 30% blue. In a HSL mode Bitter has a hue angle of 68.57°, a saturation of 8.3% and a lightness of 49.61%. In a CMYK space (used in printing only), hex #868974 is made of 1.18% cyan, 0% magenta, 8.24% yellow and 46.27% black ink.

HEX #868974
RGB Decimal rgb(134,137,116)
RGB Percentage 35%, 35%, 30%
CMYK 1.18, 0, 8.24, 46.27
HSL hsl(68.57,8.3%,49.61%)
HSV (or HSB) hsv(68.57,15.33%,53.73%)
CIE-LAB lab(56.308,-5.0053,10.8996)
XYZ xyz(21.9296,24.2206,20.0422)