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A comprehensive guide to hex color #003399

About hex color #003399 - Dark powder blue

Hex color #003399 is commonly known by the name "Dark powder blue". It's described as "blue". When humans think of blue in ads, the following may come to mind: water, appetite-curbing, human life, energy, and maturity. The color typically isn't associated with clothing. PlayStation, Ryanair, and 10 others are using a color close to Dark powder blue in their branding. (Explore brands using Dark powder blue).

In RGB colorspace, the hexadecimal color #003399 is created using 0% red, 20% green, and 60% blue. In CMYK colorspace, you can make the color using 100% cyan, 66.7% magenta, 0% yellow, and 40% black.

RGB Composition
    R   G   B    
CMYK Composition
  C   M   Y   K  

#003399 is made up of R: 0, G: 51, B: 153 in RGB colorspace and C: 100, M:66.67, Y:0, K:40 in CMYK colorspace. Its decimal value is 13209 and the closest web-safe color code to it is #003399. This color is named "Dark powder blue". White should be used ontop of #003399 to ensure the best legibility.

Here's a color conversion chart. It contains technical information about the hex color #003399. If you're a programmer, view the code snippets section for prepared language syntax.

hex #003399
Websafe hex #003399
rgb 0, 51, 153
rgb percent (%) 0%, 19.92%, 59.77%
rgba R: 0, G: 51, B: 153, A: 1.0
CMYK C: 100, M:66.67, Y:0, K:40
hsv 220, 100, 30
hsb 220, 100, 60
luma 47.226
Black or white text? #ffffff
Adobe RGB 31, 54, 149
Closest named color Dark powder blue
Hunter-Lab 21.6, 20.96, -72.93
CIE-L*ab 25.77, 28.89, -59.1
CIE-L*Ch(ab) 25.77, 65.78, 296.05
CIE-L*uv 25.77, -11.29, -73.6°

Some colors work better together. Here, you'll find color harmonies and schemes specific to the hex color #003399. These color palettes have been mathematically proven to pair well in designs.


The Complimentary color scheme is made up of two colors. These two colors are opposite one another in the color spectrum. The first color is called the "base" #003399 and the second color is called the "compliment" #996600.

Design Tip: Complimentary colors do the job if you want an element to really stand out!


Split Complimentary

The Split Complimentary color scheme is made up of three colors. The base color #003399 is paired with the two colors to the left and the right of compliment color #996600.

Design Tip: The Split Complimentary color scheme offers most of the contrast of the Complimentary Color scheme but without being as intense.



The Triadic color scheme is made up of three colors. When viewed on a color wheel, all three colors are spaced evenly (120°) apart.

Design Tip: This color scheme tends to produce colors that are quite vibrant, regardless of saturation.



The Tetradic color scheme is made up of four colors. When viewed on a color wheel, all four colors are spaced evenly (90°) apart.

Design Tip: Find balance between the warm and cold colors if you desire to use the Tetradic color scheme in your design.



The Analagous color scheme is made up of three colors. The three colors sit next to one another on the color wheel. The palette is made in similar fashion to how the Split Complimentary palette is made. However, the two secondary colors are adjacent to the base, not the compliment.

Design Tip: Analagous colors often appear in nature. If you're designing with the outdoors in mind, keep this color harmony at your disposal.


When designing or marketing products, especially on a worldwide platform like Amazon, color is important. This section contains links to Amazon products that have some relation to one of the attributes of the color #003399: "appetite-curbing".

Please note that 2020 Colours will receive commission for purchases made through the affiliate links above. This page's Amazon links are paid advertisements and are not endoresements or reviews of the product.

Seeing darker, lighter, and tinted variations of the hex color #003399 can help you with your creative processes. Remember, you can click on a color to be taken to its own page full of unique color information.

Darker shades

Darker shades are produced by blending #003399 with black #000000.


Lighter shades

Lighter shades are produced by blending #003399 with white #FFFFFF.



Tones are produced by blending #003399 with gray #808080.


A color gradient may also be known as color progression or a color ramp. A gradient is the gradual transition of one color into another. This section showcases gradients featuring #003399 as the base color. The secondary colors come from the Color Harmonies section above.

Below each gradient is the CSS color code that was used to create it. You can copy and paste it so it can be used in designs of your own.

For more information on how to apply gradients, visit the w3schools.com page on CSS gradients.

Seeing #003399 on a computer or phone screen is much different than how it may appear in the real world. Shown here are 20 different environment types and how #003399 could potentially look inside each of them, given perfect conditions. For example, #003399 appears as #2d2f91 when in northern sky daylight and as #0035ab when in cool fluorescent.

Old direct sunlight at noon
Old daylight
ICC profile PCS
Mid-morning daylight
Daylight, sRGB, Adobe-RGB
North sky daylight
Equal energy
Daylight Fluorescent
Cool fluorescent
White Fluorescent
Warm White Fluorescent
Daylight Fluorescent
Lite White Fluorescent
Daylight fluorescent, D65 simulator
Sylvania F40, D50 simulator
Cool White Fluorescent
Ultralume 50, Philips TL85
Ultralume 40, Philips TL84
Ultralume 30, Philips TL83
Data used in calculating these colors comes courtesy of Easy RGB.

Colors that have names have reached a point of status where they're more than just a hex code: they're real-world associated. View a list of all 1,500+ named colors.

Closest named colors to #003399

#003399 might be precisely the color you're looking for. But, the colors below are a close match. What's better is that they're named colors, meaning chances are there's more information about them. If you feel like taking a slight deviation in hue, click a color below to learn about why it's so unique.

Dark powder blue
Smalt (Dark powder blue)
International Klein Blue
Philippine blue
Royal azure
Imperial blue
Egyptian blue
Samsung blue

Furthest named colors to #003399

Looking for something completely different? Try a well-documented complimentary color. The named colors below have been calculated to be the furthest colors from #003399. Click on the colors to explore their unique information.

Lemon glacier
Neon yellow
Yellow Sunshine
Cadmium yellow
Christmas yellow
Yellow rose

Colors are important to brands and the messages they convey. Brand recognition and colors go hand-in-hand. Knowing what brands are using #003399, or a color similar, can help you in determining whether the color is appropriate to your design.

Foursquare uses the color #0732a2


Boy Scouts of America uses the color #003f87


Boeing uses the color #0033a1


Seton Hall University uses the color #004488


IKEA uses the color #003399


PlayStation uses the color #003087


SkyWest uses the color #00338d


Ryanair uses the color #073590


Lowe's uses the color #004990


PayPal uses the color #003087


Fairfield Inn & Suites uses the color #004990


NASA uses the color #0b3d91

Brand data comes courtesy of Brand Colors. Brands linked may not be suitable for all ages and in no way affiliated with 2020 Colors.

Here you can easily copy-and-paste formatted color code for use with your favorite programming/markup languages like HTML/CSS, Java, Objective-C, and GameMaker Language.

HTML, CSS #003399
Java new Color(0, 51, 153)
.NET Color.FromArgb(255, 0, 51, 153);
Objective-C [UIColor colorWithRed:0 green:0.2 blue:0.6 alpha:1.00000];
OpenGL glColor3f(0f, 0.2f, 0.6f);
Swift UIColor(red:0, green:0.2, blue:0.6, alpha:1.00000)
GameMaker Language (GML) $993300
Python Color('#003399')

This useful chart contains technical information about the hexadecimal color #003399. For example, the direct decimal conversion is 13209 while the individual RGB conversions are: 0, 51, 153.


If you're considering using #003399 in a logo or design, you can quickly reference below to see how various symbols, icons, and emblems look.

Icons courtesy of Font Awesome.

We learned earlier that White-colored text should be used on a #003399 colored background for best readability. But, you can be the judge of that by looking at the examples below.

This text is hex color #003399 on a solid black (#000000) background.

This text is hex color #003399 on a solid white (#ffffff) background.

This text is solid black (#000000) on a solid hex color #003399 background.

This text is solid white (#ffffff) on a solid hex color #003399 background.

This text is hex color #003399 on a striped black (#000000) and white (#ffffff) background.

This text is hex color #003399 on a striped gray (#808080) and white (#ffffff) background.

This text is solid black (#000000) on a striped hex color #003399 and white (#ffffff) background.

This text is solid white (#ffffff) on a striped hex color #003399 and white (#ffffff) background.

Patterns courtesy of Hero Patterns.

If you're a web developer, you might find it useful to see elements like buttons and check boxes in the color #003399.


The HTML and CSS used to create these elements comes from w3schools.com.
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