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A comprehensive guide to hex color #ad841f

About hex color #ad841f - near-Dark goldenrod

Hex color #ad841f is very close to "Dark goldenrod". It's described as "yellow". When humans think of yellow in marketing, they might associate it with: being encouraged to communicate, optimism, will power, food and restaurants, and being center-of-attention. It's rarely tied to technology. The Ritz-Carlton and University at Buffalo are using a color close to Dark goldenrod in their branding. (Explore brands using Dark goldenrod).

In RGB colorspace, the hexadecimal color #ad841f is created using 67.8% red, 51.8% green, and 12.2% blue. In CMYK colorspace, you can make the color using 0% cyan, 23.7% magenta, 82.1% yellow, and 32.2% black.

RGB Composition
    R   G   B    
CMYK Composition
  C   M   Y   K  

#ad841f is made up of R: 173, G: 132, B: 31 in RGB colorspace and C: 0, M:23.7, Y:82.08, K:32.16 in CMYK colorspace. Its decimal value is 11371551 and the closest web-safe color code to it is #999933. Its closest named color is "Dark goldenrod". White should be used ontop of #ad841f to ensure the best legibility.

Here's a color conversion chart. It contains technical information about the hex color #ad841f. If you're a programmer, view the code snippets section for prepared language syntax.

hex #ad841f
Websafe hex #999933
rgb 173, 132, 31
rgb percent (%) 67.58%, 51.56%, 12.11%
rgba R: 173, G: 132, B: 31, A: 1.0
CMYK C: 0, M:23.7, Y:82.08, K:32.16
hsv 42.68, 69.61, 40
hsb 42.68, 82.08, 67.84
luma 132.714
Black or white text? #ffffff
Adobe RGB 161, 131, 46
Closest named color Dark goldenrod
Hunter-Lab 50.48, 5.42, 27.92
CIE-L*ab 57.55, 6.45, 55.86
CIE-L*Ch(ab) 57.55, 56.23, 83.41
CIE-L*uv 57.55, 34.21, 55.68°

Some colors work better together. Here, you'll find color harmonies and schemes specific to the hex color #ad841f. 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" #ad841f and the second color is called the "compliment" #1f49ac.

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 #ad841f is paired with the two colors to the left and the right of compliment color #1f49ac.

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: Similar to the Split Complimentary color scheme, it's smart to use the secondary colors for accents and highlights.



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: The Tetradic color scheme is a highly-aggressive color scheme as all four colors fight for dominance.



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: This color scheme typically doesn't produce tension as all three colors tend to be either warm or cold.


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 #ad841f: "optimism".

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Seeing darker, lighter, and tinted variations of the hex color #ad841f 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 #ad841f with black #000000.


Lighter shades

Lighter shades are produced by blending #ad841f with white #FFFFFF.



Tones are produced by blending #ad841f 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 #ad841f 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 #ad841f 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 #ad841f could potentially look inside each of them, given perfect conditions. For example, #ad841f appears as #ac8437 when in old direct sunlight at noon and as #a9844b 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 #ad841f

#ad841f 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 goldenrod
Dark yellow
Liver (dogs)
Gold foil
Neon brown
Bistre brown

Furthest named colors to #ad841f

Looking for something completely different? Try a well-documented complimentary color. The named colors below have been calculated to be the furthest colors from #ad841f. Click on the colors to explore their unique information.

Electric cyan
Spanish sky blue
Neon cyan
Turquoise blue
Vivid sky blue

Colors are important to brands and the messages they convey. Brand recognition and colors go hand-in-hand. Knowing what brands are using #ad841f, or a color similar, can help you in determining whether the color is appropriate to your design.

The Ritz-Carlton uses the color #b3812a


University at Buffalo uses the color #ad841f

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 #ad841f
Java new Color(173, 132, 31)
.NET Color.FromArgb(255, 173, 132, 31);
Objective-C [UIColor colorWithRed:0.6784 green:0.5176 blue:0.1216 alpha:1.00000];
OpenGL glColor3f(0.6784f, 0.5176f, 0.1216f);
Swift UIColor(red:0.6784, green:0.5176, blue:0.1216, alpha:1.00000)
GameMaker Language (GML) $1F84AD
Python Color('#ad841f')

This useful chart contains technical information about the hexadecimal color #ad841f. For example, the direct decimal conversion is 11371551 while the individual RGB conversions are: 173, 132, 31.


If you're considering using #ad841f 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 #ad841f colored background for best readability. But, you can be the judge of that by looking at the examples below.

This text is hex color #ad841f on a solid black (#000000) background.

This text is hex color #ad841f on a solid white (#ffffff) background.

This text is solid black (#000000) on a solid hex color #ad841f background.

This text is solid white (#ffffff) on a solid hex color #ad841f background.

This text is hex color #ad841f on a striped black (#000000) and white (#ffffff) background.

This text is hex color #ad841f on a striped gray (#808080) and white (#ffffff) background.

This text is solid black (#000000) on a striped hex color #ad841f and white (#ffffff) background.

This text is solid white (#ffffff) on a striped hex color #ad841f 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 #ad841f.


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