Aluminum Color


Aluminum is pale, warm-toned shade of orange. It is better contrasting with white. This color combines beautifully with blue cyan, mid magenta or green cyan

Inverse Color #606a79
Complementary Color #86909e
Color Shade: orange (36° hue)
Color Temperature: warm
Lightness: 57.45% (better contrasting with white)
Aluminum Color Sample
Aluminum Color Sample

Better Alternatives To #9f9586

If you're looking for a similar orange shade, there are some better alternatives to Aluminum Color. The Road Less-Travelled color for instance is a darker and a bit more vibrant option, however this color has a warm red bias. Consider a darker and more saturated alternative called Virtual Taupe (#8a7a6a) for more energetic effect. Try Ricochet as it also a bit more faded and calm.

Complementary Palette

#86909e is the best complementary color to Aluminum. Blue cyan shades generally complement the orange hues best as they are found on the opposite end of the color wheel. The most popular #9f9586 complementary color is Regent Gray, as it offers maximum contrast and grab the viewer's attention.

Analogous Palette

The analogous palette of mid red, orange, and mid yellow colors offers a soft combination of similar warm shades. The analogous colors of Zorba are #9e8886 and #9c9e86. Thus found on the left and right of #9f9586 on the color wheel with a 30° gap. Consider matching Pharlap and Sage colors as they work well with Aluminum.

Split-complementary Palette

The split-complementary Aluminum palette consists of #88869e and #869c9e colors. They can be found 30° apart on either side of the complementary color (#86909e). Try Manatee and Granny Smith colors in combination with #9f9586, 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 #9f9586 offers a combination of violet and green cyan shades and equally high contrast between the three of them. Find triadic colors at the 120° distance from the Aluminum. Thus Mamba and Mantle giving maximum hue separation to use all three together.

Square Palette

The square color palette of Aluminum contains three additional colors. Thus, complementary Regent Gray, Spanish Green, and Venus split by 90° on the color wheel. #9f9586 square combo is a palette of orange, mid green, blue cyan and mid 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. Aluminum tetradic combo consists of blue cyan complementary color (#86909e) and two others. The Mantle is positioned 120° clockwise from the primary color and Mountbatten Pink – 120° from the complementary Regent Gray. This palette is not recommended to use as-is. Try to tweak the saturation and brightness of #869e94 and #9e868f.

Conversion Table

In a RGB color space, hex #9f9586 is made of 36% red, 34% green and 30% blue. In a HSL mode Aluminum has a hue angle of 36°, a saturation of 11.52% and a lightness of 57.45%. In a CMYK space (used in printing only), hex #9f9586 is made of 0% cyan, 3.92% magenta, 9.8% yellow and 37.65% black ink.

HEX #9f9586
RGB Decimal rgb(159,149,134)
RGB Percentage 36%, 34%, 30%
CMYK 0, 3.92, 9.8, 37.65
HSL hsl(36,11.52%,57.45%)
HSV (or HSB) hsv(36,15.72%,62.35%)
CIE-LAB lab(62.1575,1.0647,9.2414)
XYZ xyz(29.3486,30.5871,26.9113)