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A comprehensive guide to hex color #969696

About hex color #969696 - near-Spanish gray

Hex color #969696 is close to the color named "Spanish gray". It's described as "gray". When humans think of gray in ads, the following may come to mind: being transparent, glamorous, graceful, technology, and accessibility. The color typically isn't associated with agriculture. Bombardier, Fluid UI, and 26 others are using a color close to Spanish gray in their branding. (Explore brands using Spanish gray).

In RGB colorspace, the hexadecimal color #969696 is created using 58.8% red, 58.8% green, and 58.8% blue. In CMYK colorspace, you can make the color using 0% cyan, 0% magenta, 0% yellow, and 41.2% black.
 

RGB Composition
   
58.8%
 
58.8%
 
58.8%
   
    R   G   B    
CMYK Composition
 
0%
 
0%
 
0%
41.2%
 
  C   M   Y   K  

#969696 is made up of R: 150, G: 150, B: 150 in RGB colorspace and C: 0, M:0, Y:0, K:41.18 in CMYK colorspace. Its decimal value is 9868950 and the closest web-safe color code to it is #999999. Its closest named color is "Spanish gray". White should be used ontop of #969696 to ensure the best legibility.

Here's a color conversion chart. It contains technical information about the hex color #969696. If you're a programmer, view the code snippets section for prepared language syntax.

hex #969696
Websafe hex #999999
rgb 150, 150, 150
rgb percent (%) 58.59%, 58.59%, 58.59%
rgba R: 150, G: 150, B: 150, A: 1.0
CMYK C: 0, M:0, Y:0, K:41.18
hsv 0, 0, 58.82
hsb 0, 0, 58.82
luma 149.85
Black or white text? #ffffff
Adobe RGB 149, 149, 149
Closest named color Spanish gray
Hunter-Lab 55.23, 0, -0.01
CIE-L*ab 62.08, 0, -0.01
CIE-L*Ch(ab) 62.08, 0.01, 296.81
CIE-L*uv 62.08, 0, -0.01°

Some colors work better together. Here, you'll find color harmonies and schemes specific to the hex color #969696. These color palettes have been mathematically proven to pair well in designs.
 

Complimentary

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" #969696 and the second color is called the "compliment" #959595.

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

#959595
#969696

Split Complimentary

The Split Complimentary color scheme is made up of three colors. The base color #969696 is paired with the two colors to the left and the right of compliment color #959595.

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

#959595
#969696
#959595

Triadic

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.

#959595
#969696
#959595

Tetradic

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.

#959595
#959595
#959595
#969696

Analagous

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.

#959595
#969696
#959595

Seeing darker, lighter, and tinted variations of the hex color #969696 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 #969696 with black #000000.

#1e1e1e
#2d2d2d
#3c3c3c
#4b4b4b
#5a5a5a
#696969
#787878
#878787

Lighter shades

Lighter shades are produced by blending #969696 with white #FFFFFF.

#ababab
#b5b5b5
#c0c0c0
#cacaca
#d5d5d5
#dfdfdf
#eaeaea
#f4f4f4

Tones

Tones are produced by blending #969696 with gray #808080.

#848484
#868686
#888888
#8b8b8b
#8d8d8d
#8f8f8f
#919191
#939393

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 #969696 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 #969696 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 #969696 could potentially look inside each of them, given perfect conditions. For example, #969696 appears as #a79286 when in northern sky daylight and as #8897b2 when in cool fluorescent.

Incandescent/tungsten
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 #969696

#969696 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.

Spanish gray
Iron
Morning blue
Philippine gray
Deep amethyst
Manatee
Roman silver
Taupe gray

Furthest named colors to #969696

Looking for something completely different? Try a well-documented complimentary color. The named colors below have been calculated to be the furthest colors from #969696. Click on the colors to explore their unique information.

Black
Mahogany
Registration black
Vampire black
Smoky black
Blue
Electric green
Green (Color Wheel) (X11 green)

Colors are important to brands and the messages they convey. Brand recognition and colors go hand-in-hand. Knowing what brands are using #969696, or a color similar, can help you in determining whether the color is appropriate to your design.

Shazam uses the color #949494

#0088ff
#242424
#646464
#949494
#9911aa
#aadd22
#cc2288
#e4e4e4
#f4f4f4
#ff0033
#ff7700
#ffaa00

Montclair State University uses the color #969491

#969491
#00386b
#94ce08
#ce1141
#e87d1e
#eeb111
  

Continental AG uses the color #969696

#000000
#004eaf
#00a5dc
#057855
#969696
#2db928
#737373
#cdcdcd
#f0f0f0
#ff2d37
#ffa500
 

Bing uses the color #a3a3a3

#a3a3a3
#505050
#ffb900
 

Massachusetts Institute of Technology uses the color #8a8b8c

#8a8b8c
#a31f34
#c2c0bf
 

Opera uses the color #9c9e9f

#9c9e9f
#cc0f16
  

Rolls-Royce uses the color #939598

#000000
#680021
#939598
#fffaec

World Organisation of the Scout Movement uses the color #999999

#999999
#0054a0
#3399ff
#3d8e33
#622599
#aaba0a
#dd7500
#e23d28
#fcd116
#ff3399
  

American Red Cross uses the color #9f9fa3

#000000
#9f9fa3
#004b79
#0091cd
#537b35
#56a0d3
#6d6e70
#7f181b
#8ec06c
#b4a996
#c4dff6
#d7d7d8
#d7d7d8
#ecb731
#ed1b2e
 

Cunard uses the color #8b8c8d

#8b8c8d
#1d1d1b
#ae9a64
#e42313

SAP uses the color #999999

#003366
#999999
  

United Way uses the color #969696

#000064
#505050
#969696
#10167f
#7c81b8
#b41428
#e6d7aa
#f0e6c8
#f57814
#fe230a
#ff9600
#ff967d
#ffc87d
   

Bombardier uses the color #8996a0

#8996a0
   

Fluid UI uses the color #989898

#989898
#3fa9f5
#f8f8f8
 

Wikipedia uses the color #939598

#000000
#636466
#939598
#c7c8ca

Product Hunt uses the color #988f8c

#988f8c
#00b27f
#534540
#da552f

Xavier University uses the color #9ea2a2

#9ea2a2
#0099cc
#0c2340
 

The Audience Awards uses the color #8c8a8a

#8c8a8a
#222222
#ee8421
 

Gibson uses the color #8f9696

#000000
#8f9696
#436f8e
#887d59

InVision uses the color #8a959e

#8a959e
#252b33
#2f7bbd
#323a45
#d4d7da
#e9ebec
#ff3366
 

iOS uses the color #8e8e93

#8e8e93
#147efb
#53d769
#5fc9f8
#fc3158
#fc3d39
#fd9426
#fecb2e

Delectable uses the color #94938f

#94938f
#334858
#a3a7a6
#cd595a
#dbc5b0
#f8dfc2
#f9ebdf
 

Olark uses the color #8d989a

#8d989a
#1fb3e0
#49c219
#744da8
#d65129
#eeb417
#f4dc2a
 

Blackberry uses the color #a1a1a4

#000000
#a1a1a4
#005387
#788cb6
#88aca1
#8cb811
#8f8f8c
#fdb813

Renaissance Hotels uses the color #999999

#000000
#999999
#f58021
 

Temple uses the color #899197

#222222
#899197
#a41e35
 

Taiga uses the color #879b89

#879b89
#444444
#72a114
#9dce0a
#b8b8b8
   

Pac-12 uses the color #a1a1a4

#a1a1a4
#000007
#00274d
#004b91
#0076c0
#d3c4a0
#d6e03d
 
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 #969696
Java new Color(150, 150, 150)
.NET Color.FromArgb(255, 150, 150, 150);
Objective-C [UIColor colorWithRed:0.5882 green:0.5882 blue:0.5882 alpha:1.00000];
OpenGL glColor3f(0.5882f, 0.5882f, 0.5882f);
Swift UIColor(red:0.5882, green:0.5882, blue:0.5882, alpha:1.00000)
GameMaker Language (GML) $969696
Python Color('#969696')

This useful chart contains technical information about the hexadecimal color #969696. For example, the direct decimal conversion is 9868950 while the individual RGB conversions are: 150, 150, 150.

BaseRedGreenBlue
Binary100101101001011010010110
Hex969696
Octal226226226
Decimal150150150

If you're considering using #969696 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 #969696 colored background for best readability. But, you can be the judge of that by looking at the examples below.

This text is hex color #969696 on a solid black (#000000) background.

This text is hex color #969696 on a solid white (#ffffff) background.

This text is solid black (#000000) on a solid hex color #969696 background.

This text is solid white (#ffffff) on a solid hex color #969696 background.

This text is hex color #969696 on a striped black (#000000) and white (#ffffff) background.

This text is hex color #969696 on a striped gray (#808080) and white (#ffffff) background.

This text is solid black (#000000) on a striped hex color #969696 and white (#ffffff) background.

This text is solid white (#ffffff) on a striped hex color #969696 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 #969696.

Buttons

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