• Complementary
  • Triadic
  • Tetradic
  • Analogous
  • Neutral
  • Shades
  • Tints
  • Tones
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Color Picker

Use the color picker by clicking and dragging your cursor inside the picker area to highlight a color on the right. Input Hex, RGB, HSL or CMYK values to search for a particular color in the fields below the color swatch; click the swatch to add it to your palette. After selecting a color, experiment with different harmonies by using the dropdown below the color picker.

Color Harmonies

Color harmonies are particularly pleasing combinations of two or more colors derived from their relationship on a color wheel. Also known as color chords, color harmonies are useful when exploring a possible color palette, or can be used as a standalone color scheme.

Complementary Color Harmony | HTML Color Codes
Complementary Color Harmonies | HTML Color Codes

Complementary colors

Colors that are directly opposite one another on the color wheel are known as complementary colors. Complementary colors have a high contrast and can be very effective as accent colors when paired with a more neutral palette.

Triadic Color Harmony | HTML Color Codes
Triadic Color Harmonies | HTML Color Codes

Triadic colors

Triadic harmonies consist of three colors equidistant from one another on the color wheel. Like complementary colors, triadic schemes tend to be very bright with a high contrast and work best when one color dominates.

Tetradic Color Harmony | HTML Color Codes
Tetradic Color Harmonies | HTML Color Codes

Tetradic colors

Tetradic color harmonies are formed by two sets of complementary colors 60 degrees apart on the color wheel. Tetradic schemes are an excellent starting point for creating color palettes; fine tune them using color shades, tints and tones.

Analogous Color Harmony | HTML Color Codes
Analogous Color Harmonies | HTML Color Codes

Analogous colors

Analogous harmonies are created by selecting the colors directly adjacent to a chosen color. Frequently found in web design, analogous schemes, when paired with a complementary color for contrast, can offer great versatility.

Neutral Color Harmony | HTML Color Codes
Neutral Color Harmonies | HTML Color Codes

Neutral colors

Neutral schemes, like analogous harmonies, are formed by taking the colors on either side of a chosen color but at half the distance. While analogous schemes typically use colors 30 degrees apart, neutral harmonies use colors 15 degrees apart.

Color Shades, Tints and Tones

Color shades, tints and tones are created by adding black, white and gray respectively to a chosen color. They can be very useful in web design for backgrounds and typography, and are often paired with a complementary color for contrast. Try them with your own color using the dropdown menu below the color picker.

Color Shades | HTML Color Codes

Color shades

Adding black in varying levels to a color produces gradually darker variants, or 'shades', of that particular color. Shades work well for link hover effects, or as footer and header backgrounds.

Color Tints | HTML Color Codes

Color tints

Color tints are made by adding white to a color, resulting in increasingly lighter versions. Tints can also be used for CSS hover effects, and perform nicely as modal backgrounds.

Color Tones | HTML Color Codes

Color tones

Tones are created by adding gray to a color, and produces an almost endless variety of colors depending on what level of gray is used. Less common in web design, tones could be useful for typographic elements like comments, quotes or highlights.