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A comprehensive guide to hex color #cc0000

About hex color #cc0000 - Boston University red

Hex color #cc0000 is commonly known by the name "Boston University red". It's described as "red". When humans think of red in ads, the following may come to mind: an increased appetite, safety and comfort, impulsion, transportation and cars, and anger. The color typically isn't associated with energy. Staples, CNN, and 12 others are using a color close to Boston University red in their branding. (Explore brands using Boston University red).

In RGB colorspace, the hexadecimal color #cc0000 is created using 80% red, 0% green, and 0% blue. In CMYK colorspace, you can make the color using 0% cyan, 100% magenta, 100% yellow, and 20% black.

RGB Composition
    R   G   B    
CMYK Composition
  C   M   Y   K  

#cc0000 is made up of R: 204, G: 0, B: 0 in RGB colorspace and C: 0, M:100, Y:100, K:20 in CMYK colorspace. Its decimal value is 13369344 and the closest web-safe color code to it is #cc0000. This color is named "Boston University red". White should be used ontop of #cc0000 to ensure the best legibility.

Here's a color conversion chart. It contains technical information about the hex color #cc0000. If you're a programmer, view the code snippets section for prepared language syntax.

hex #cc0000
Websafe hex #cc0000
rgb 204, 0, 0
rgb percent (%) 79.69%, 0%, 0%
rgba R: 204, G: 0, B: 0, A: 1.0
CMYK C: 0, M:100, Y:100, K:20
hsv 0, 100, 40
hsb 0, 100, 80
luma 60.996
Black or white text? #ffffff
Adobe RGB 174, 0, 0
Closest named color Boston University red
Hunter-Lab 35.83, 64.28, 22.02
CIE-L*ab 42.52, 67.71, 56.82
CIE-L*Ch(ab) 42.52, 88.39, 40
CIE-L*uv 42.52, 139.82, 30.15°

Some colors work better together. Here, you'll find color harmonies and schemes specific to the hex color #cc0000. 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" #cc0000 and the second color is called the "compliment" #00cccc.

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 #cc0000 is paired with the two colors to the left and the right of compliment color #00cccc.

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 #cc0000: "impulsion".

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Seeing darker, lighter, and tinted variations of the hex color #cc0000 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 #cc0000 with black #000000.


Lighter shades

Lighter shades are produced by blending #cc0000 with white #FFFFFF.



Tones are produced by blending #cc0000 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 #cc0000 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 #cc0000 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 #cc0000 could potentially look inside each of them, given perfect conditions. For example, #cc0000 appears as #d20000 when in northern sky daylight and as #cb002c 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 #cc0000

#cc0000 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.

Boston University red
Harvard crimson
Venetian red
Electric red
Medium red
Nintendo red
Blood orange
Red cola

Furthest named colors to #cc0000

Looking for something completely different? Try a well-documented complimentary color. The named colors below have been calculated to be the furthest colors from #cc0000. Click on the colors to explore their unique information.

Electric cyan
Spanish sky blue
Neon cyan
Turquoise blue
Lotion blue
Fluorescent blue

Colors are important to brands and the messages they convey. Brand recognition and colors go hand-in-hand. Knowing what brands are using #cc0000, or a color similar, can help you in determining whether the color is appropriate to your design.

NFL uses the color #d50a0a


Staples uses the color #cc0000


Mastercard uses the color #cc0000


Red Hat uses the color #cc0000


Avira uses the color #d40000


Target uses the color #cc0000


Virgin Money uses the color #cc0000


NC State University uses the color #cc0000


Ruby on Rails uses the color #cc0000


MLB uses the color #cc0000


CVS uses the color #cc0000


CNN uses the color #cc0000


Texas Tech University uses the color #cc0000


Tesla uses the color #cc0000

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 #cc0000
Java new Color(204, 0, 0)
.NET Color.FromArgb(255, 204, 0, 0);
Objective-C [UIColor colorWithRed:0.8 green:0 blue:0 alpha:1.00000];
OpenGL glColor3f(0.8f, 0f, 0f);
Swift UIColor(red:0.8, green:0, blue:0, alpha:1.00000)
GameMaker Language (GML) $0000CC
Python Color('#cc0000')

This useful chart contains technical information about the hexadecimal color #cc0000. For example, the direct decimal conversion is 13369344 while the individual RGB conversions are: 204, 0, 0.


If you're considering using #cc0000 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 #cc0000 colored background for best readability. But, you can be the judge of that by looking at the examples below.

This text is hex color #cc0000 on a solid black (#000000) background.

This text is hex color #cc0000 on a solid white (#ffffff) background.

This text is solid black (#000000) on a solid hex color #cc0000 background.

This text is solid white (#ffffff) on a solid hex color #cc0000 background.

This text is hex color #cc0000 on a striped black (#000000) and white (#ffffff) background.

This text is hex color #cc0000 on a striped gray (#808080) and white (#ffffff) background.

This text is solid black (#000000) on a striped hex color #cc0000 and white (#ffffff) background.

This text is solid white (#ffffff) on a striped hex color #cc0000 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 #cc0000.


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