Quicksand Color


Quicksand is pale, warm-toned shade of mid red. It is better contrasting with white. This color combines beautifully with mid cyan, violet or mid green

Inverse Color #426871
Complementary Color #8eb3bd
Color Shade: mid red (11.49° hue)
Color Temperature: warm
Lightness: 64.9% (better contrasting with white)
Quicksand Color Sample
Quicksand Color Sample

Better Alternatives To #bd978e

If you're looking for a similar mid red shade, there are some better alternatives to Quicksand Color. The Brandied Apple color for instance is a darker and a bit more faded option, however this color has a cool red bias. Consider a darker and more saturated alternative called Heirloom (#b67b71) for more energetic effect. Try Faneuil Brick as it also a bit more vibrant and energetic.

Complementary Palette

#8eb3bd is the best complementary color to Quicksand. Mid cyan shades generally complement the mid red hues best as they are found on the opposite end of the color wheel. The most popular #bd978e complementary color is Nepal, as it offers maximum contrast and grab the viewer's attention.

Analogous Palette

The analogous palette of red magenta, mid red, and orange colors offers a soft combination of similar warm shades. The analogous colors of Quicksand are #bd8e9c and #bdae8e. Thus found on the left and right of #bd978e on the color wheel with a 30° gap. Consider matching Oriental Pink and Indian Khaki colors as they work well with Quicksand.

Split-complementary Palette

The split-complementary Quicksand palette consists of #8e9cbd and #8ebdae colors. They can be found 30° apart on either side of the complementary color (#8eb3bd). Try Nepal and Summer Green colors in combination with #bd978e, 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 #bd978e offers a combination of mid blue and mid green shades and equally high contrast between the three of them. Find triadic colors at the 120° distance from the Quicksand. Thus Lavender Purple and Summer Green giving maximum hue separation to use all three together.

Square Palette

The square color palette of Quicksand contains three additional colors. Thus, complementary Nepal, Swamp Green, and Lavender Purple split by 90° on the color wheel. #bd978e square combo is a palette of mid red, yellow green, mid cyan and violet 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. Quicksand tetradic combo consists of mid cyan complementary color (#8eb3bd) and two others. The Summer Green is positioned 120° clockwise from the primary color and Bouquet – 120° from the complementary Nepal. This palette is not recommended to use as-is. Try to tweak the saturation and brightness of #8ebd97 and #bd8eb3.

Conversion Table

In a RGB color space, hex #bd978e is made of 39% red, 31% green and 29% blue. In a HSL mode Quicksand has a hue angle of 11.49°, a saturation of 26.26% and a lightness of 64.9%. In a CMYK space (used in printing only), hex #bd978e is made of 0% cyan, 14.9% magenta, 18.43% yellow and 25.88% black ink.

HEX #bd978e
RGB Decimal rgb(189,151,142)
RGB Percentage 39%, 31%, 29%
CMYK 0, 14.9, 18.43, 25.88
HSL hsl(11.49,26.26%,64.9%)
HSV (or HSB) hsv(11.49,24.87%,74.12%)
CIE-LAB lab(65.6747,12.8239,10.1267)
XYZ xyz(36.9354,34.905,30.3818)