Brass Color


Brass is soft, warm-toned shade of warm yellow. It is better contrasting with white. This color combines beautifully with cool blue, warm magenta or warm cyan

Inverse Color #4a59bd
Complementary Color #4251b5
Color Shade: warm yellow (52.17° hue)
Color Temperature: warm
Lightness: 48.43% (better contrasting with white)
Brass Color Sample
Brass Color Sample

Better Alternatives To #b5a642

If you're looking for a similar warm yellow shade, there are some better alternatives to Brass Color. The Highball color for instance is a darker and a bit more faded option, however this color has a orange bias. Consider a darker and more soft alternative called Sycamore (#908d39) for more calm effect. Try Plantation Island as it also a bit more faded and calm.

Complementary Palette

#4251b5 is the best complementary color to Brass. Cool blue shades generally complement the warm yellow hues best as they are found on the opposite end of the color wheel. The most popular #b5a642 complementary color is San Marino, as it offers maximum contrast and grab the viewer's attention.

Analogous Palette

The analogous palette of warm red, warm yellow, and cool yellow colors offers a soft combination of similar warm shades. The analogous colors of Roti are #b56c42 and #8ab542. Thus found on the left and right of #b5a642 on the color wheel with a 30° gap. Consider matching Brown Rust and Sushi colors as they work well with Brass.

Split-complementary Palette

The split-complementary Brass palette consists of #6c42b5 and #428ab5 colors. They can be found 30° apart on either side of the complementary color (#4251b5). Try Studio and Steel Blue colors in combination with #b5a642, 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 #b5a642 offers a combination of cool magenta and warm cyan shades and equally high contrast between the three of them. Find triadic colors at the 120° distance from the Brass. Thus Studio and Keppel giving maximum hue separation to use all three together.

Square Palette

The square color palette of Brass contains three additional colors. Thus, complementary San Marino, Chateau Green, and Mulberry split by 90° on the color wheel. #b5a642 square combo is a palette of warm yellow, cool green, cool blue and warm 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. Brass tetradic combo consists of cool blue complementary color (#4251b5) and two others. The Keppel is positioned 120° clockwise from the primary color and Chestnut – 120° from the complementary San Marino. This palette is not recommended to use as-is. Try to tweak the saturation and brightness of #42b5a5 and #b54251.

Conversion Table

In a RGB color space, hex #b5a642 is made of 44% red, 40% green and 16% blue. In a HSL mode Brass has a hue angle of 52.17°, a saturation of 46.56% and a lightness of 48.43%. In a CMYK space (used in printing only), hex #b5a642 is made of 0% cyan, 5.88% magenta, 45.1% yellow and 29.02% black ink.

HEX #b5a642
RGB Decimal rgb(181,166,66)
RGB Percentage 44%, 40%, 16%
CMYK 0, 5.88, 45.1, 29.02
HSL hsl(52.17,46.56%,48.43%)
HSV (or HSB) hsv(52.17,63.54%,70.98%)
CIE-LAB lab(67.6427,-6.7251,52.1614)
XYZ xyz(33.6756,37.4895,10.6156)