Cadet Blue Color


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

Inverse Color #564d3c
Complementary Color #c3b9a8
Color Shade: blue cyan (219.23° hue)
Color Temperature: cool
Lightness: 71.37% (better contrasting with white)
Cadet Blue Color Sample
Cadet Blue Color Sample

Better Alternatives To #a9b2c3

If you're looking for a similar blue cyan shade, there are some better alternatives to Cadet Blue Color. The Forever Blue color for instance is a darker and a bit more vibrant option, however this color has a cool cyan bias. Consider a lighter and more soft alternative called Humid Cave (#c9ccd2) for more calm effect. Try Ephemeral Mist as it also a bit more faded and calm.

Complementary Palette

#c3b9a8 is the best complementary color to Cadet Blue. Orange shades generally complement the blue cyan hues best as they are found on the opposite end of the color wheel. The most popular #a9b2c3 complementary color is Bison Hide, as it offers maximum contrast and grab the viewer's attention.

Analogous Palette

The analogous palette of mid cyan, blue cyan, and mid blue colors offers a soft combination of similar cool shades. The analogous colors of Cadet Blue are #a8bfc3 and #aca8c3. Thus found on the left and right of #a9b2c3 on the color wheel with a 30° gap. Consider matching Tower Gray and Cadet Blue colors as they work well with Cadet Blue.

Split-complementary Palette

The split-complementary Cadet Blue palette consists of #bfc3a8 and #c3aca8 colors. They can be found 30° apart on either side of the complementary color (#c3b9a8). Try Eagle and Silk colors in combination with #a9b2c3, 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 #a9b2c3 offers a combination of yellow green and red magenta shades and equally high contrast between the three of them. Find triadic colors at the 120° distance from the Cadet Blue. Thus Rainee and Lily giving maximum hue separation to use all three together.

Square Palette

The square color palette of Cadet Blue contains three additional colors. Thus, complementary Bison Hide, Lily, and Spring Rain split by 90° on the color wheel. #a9b2c3 square combo is a palette of blue cyan, mid magenta, orange and mid 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. Cadet Blue tetradic combo consists of orange complementary color (#c3b9a8) and two others. The Lily is positioned 120° clockwise from the primary color and Opal – 120° from the complementary Bison Hide. This palette is not recommended to use as-is. Try to tweak the saturation and brightness of #c3a8b2 and #a8c3b9.

Conversion Table

In a RGB color space, hex #a9b2c3 is made of 31% red, 33% green and 36% blue. In a HSL mode Cadet Blue has a hue angle of 219.23°, a saturation of 17.81% and a lightness of 71.37%. In a CMYK space (used in printing only), hex #a9b2c3 is made of 10.2% cyan, 6.67% magenta, 0% yellow and 23.53% black ink.

HEX #a9b2c3
RGB Decimal rgb(169,178,195)
RGB Percentage 31%, 33%, 36%
CMYK 10.2, 6.67, 0, 23.53
HSL hsl(219.23,17.81%,71.37%)
HSV (or HSB) hsv(219.23,13.33%,76.47%)
CIE-LAB lab(72.3726,0.323,-9.7069)
XYZ xyz(42.1329,44.2159,57.9436)