100 Colors That Start With A (Names, Hex, RGB, CMYK)

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Since the beginning of recorded history, people have been trying to find the words to describe the colors they see in the world around them. Today, nearly every shade of every color has been classified and categorized with a specific name and color value.

If you’re looking for color ideas for your next design project or if you’re just looking for a brand new shade that you’ve never seen before, the list below has got your back. We’ve collected one hundred colors that start with A and listed them in alphabetical order to help you get started on your next big idea.

List of Colors That Start With A

Here’s a list of colors that start with the letter A, including names, Hex, RGB, and CMYK codes:

Abbey White

Named for the faded color often seen in the walls and interiors of old religious buildings, Abbey White is a soft off-white shade with rich yellow and brown undertones. It pairs well with olive green or tan undertones that bring out some of its warmer shades and help to brighten up spaces or designs that otherwise might look too dark or forbidding.

Abbey White
Hex #EBE5D0
RGB 235, 229, 208
CMYK 0, 3, 11, 8

Absolute Zero Blue

Technically a dark azure shade, Absolute Zero Blue is a bold, dramatic shade of blue that cools down any space without appearing formal or reserved. Absolute Zero is often paired with pink, gray, or tan shades in order to temper the strength of the color while still allowing the brighter hues to shine through and transform any design.

Absolute Zero Blue
Hex #0048BA
RGB 0, 72, 186
CMYK 100, 61, 0, 27

Abstract White

A lot of the shades on this list were developed by paint companies in order to set their particular colors apart, and Abstract White is no exception. Abstract White is a warm off-white color that works well in neutral or cool neutral color palettes. It pairs well with either a cool, stark white shade or a warmer tan or brown color.

Abstract White
Hex #EDE9DD
RGB 237, 233, 221
CMYK 0, 2, 7, 7

Acadia White

The 18th century colony Acadia actually took its name from a misspelling of “Arcadia”, a land in ancient Greek tradition that was supposed to be the epitome of peace and prosperity. Acadia White reflects some of that sense of calm and tranquility while still providing enough warmth and brightness to work well in nearly any color palette without overwhelming other shades.

Acadia White
Hex #F2EDDE
RGB 242, 237, 222
CMYK 0, 2, 8, 5

Acid Wash Jeans Blue

Acid wash jeans have gone in and out of fashion for more than forty years now, and they don’t seem to be going away any time soon. Acid Wash Jeans Blue captures some of that timeless popularity and youthful energy, and the end result is a bright and cheerful shade of blue that works to brighten designs without being childish.

Acid Wash Jeans Blue
Hex #5CB2C5
RGB 92, 178, 197
CMYK 53, 10, 0, 23

Acorn Brown

Acorn Brown, as the name might suggest, is a perfect fit for any design with an autumnal theme. The warm, nutty color pairs well with other fall colors, including a deeper brown shade or green-gray bases, as well as with subtle tans, creams, and off-whites. Use it as an accent to liven up interiors or brighten any design.

Acorn Brown
Hex #987656
RGB 152, 118, 86
CMYK 0, 22, 43, 40

Acoustic White

Acoustic White is another off-white shade that takes its name from its most common application. Originally designed for use in choral chambers or other buildings where sound reflection and design took top priority, Acoustic White is today used to open up interior rooms. The light, warm shade makes small spaces look larger and brighter without appearing too harsh or overly sterile.

Acoustic White
Hex #F0EBE2
RGB 240, 235, 226
CMYK 0, 2, 6, 6

Admiral Blue

In the Royal Navy of the United Kingdom, the Admiral of the Blue was a promotional rank from the late 1600s until 1864, when it was abolished. Today, while the rank is no longer in use, the colors flown by an Admiral of the Blue bore the distinctive dark blue shade that gives Admiral Blue its name in the modern era.

Admiral Blue
Hex #2C3863
RGB 44, 56, 99
CMYK 56, 43, 0, 61

Aegean Blue

The Aegean Sea stretches between Europe and Asia, named after the Ancient Greek hero who threw himself into the water out of grief for his son. Today, the name “Aegean” conjures up images of ancient heroes and epic quests, and the rich warm undertones of this brilliant blue shade help to reflect some of that energy and sense of time-worn adventure.

Aegean Blue
Hex #4E6E81
RGB 78, 110, 129
CMYK 40, 15, 0, 49

Aero Blue

Aero Blue is a shade that lies halfway between blue and green, a bright and cheerful shade that can bring a sense of optimistic energy or youthful zeal into any space, although it’s most often used as a bedroom shade or as an accent color. Aero Blue pairs well with pastel purples and warm tan or off-white shades.

Aero Blue
Hex #7CB9E8
RGB 124, 185, 232
CMYK 47, 20, 0, 9

Aesthetic Yellow

If you’re looking for a bright, cheery shade of yellow with an almost nostalgic feel, then Aesthetic Yellow is the way to go. Although the shade is bold and sunny, it’s slightly tempered with a little bit of magenta or red, depending on whether you’re using a digital or physical color wheel, which mellows the color into a more golden hue.

Aesthetic Yellow
Hex #EFD033
RGB 239, 208, 51
CMYK 0, 13, 79, 6

Affair Purple

Despite the salacious name, Affair Purple is actually a warm, friendly shade of purple that pairs well with muted green or tan shades, as well as with off-white hues or other neutrals. It has a slightly red tint to it, and veers more towards violet than towards a true purple or indigo undertone, which makes it feel far more upbeat and cheerful.

Affair Purple
Hex #73488D
RGB 115, 72, 141
CMYK 18, 49, 0, 45

African Violet

The word “violet” tends to have connotations of a dark blue shade of purple, but the reality of violet flowers is a little less dramatic. African Violets have bursts of white at the center of their petals, and the purple parts of the petals usually have a softer, paler shade. As a color, African Violet is directly inspired by this gentle hue.

African Violet
Hex #B284BE
RGB 178, 132, 190
CMYK 6, 31, 0, 25

Agate Blue

While agates can technically be found in just about any color, one of the most popular varieties is the pale blue or bluish-gray variety that gives Agate Blue its name. In Ancient Greek times, agate stones were used as status symbols among the Greek army and civilian populations alike. Today, Agate Blue serves as a soothing accent color for any design.

Agate Blue
Hex #75CED2
RGB 117, 206, 210
CMYK 44, 2, 0, 18

Aged Copper Brown

Technically speaking, aged copper tends to have a greenish-blue shade to it as a result of the metal’s oxidation. However, Aged Copper Brown ignores the most likely outcome to provide a bold, almost rust-colored reddish brown that pairs nicely with neutral colors or off-white shades with the same warm or red undertones that Aged Copper provides.

Aged Copper Brown
Hex #A8723F
RGB 168, 114, 63
CMYK 0, 32, 63, 34

Air Force Blue

If you search for “Air Force Blue”, you’re going to find a lot of different options available, but this entry specifically refers to the Air Force Blue associated with the Air Force of the United States. The dramatic shade of dark blue has been used by pilots and ranking officers alike within the USAF, and the color itself pairs well with other cool neutrals.

Air Force Blue
Hex #00308F
RGB 0, 48, 143
CMYK 100, 66, 0, 44

Air Force Blue (RAF)

The second Air Force Blue entry on this list, Air Force Blue (RAF) refers to the shade of blue used by the United Kingdom’s Royal Air Force. As compared to the USAF Air Force Blue, the RAF Air Force Blue is a much more muted shade that veers into the gray category, perfect for a striking accent wall.

Air Force Blue (RAF)
Hex #5D8AA8
RGB 93, 138, 168
CMYK 45, 18, 0, 34

Air Superiority Blue

Air Superiority Blue is another color that’s heavily associated with the United States Air Force. More specifically, Air Superiority Blue was a paint color that was used on early models of the F-15 fighter jet and other early aircraft. While it may not be used for military purposes today, Air Superiority Blue is a calm, steadying shade that pairs well with cooler tans and off-whites.

Air Superiority Blue
Hex #72A0C1
RGB 114, 160, 193
CMYK 41, 17, 0, 24

Airbnb Red

Founded less than fifteen years ago, Airbnb is still surging in popularity around the world, providing an affordable alternative to pricey hotel rates. The distinctive red shade of its logo gives Airbnb Red its name, and the color itself presents a slightly muted, gentler red hue that works well in small spaces without being overwhelming.

Airbnb Red
Hex #FF5A5F
RGB 255, 90, 95
CMYK 0, 65, 63, 0

Aircraft White

Most passenger airliners seen in the sky are painted this very distinctive shade of white, and with good reason. White airplanes are easier to spot, they absorb less heat, and they are clearly visible even at night. Aircraft White refers to the specific paint color that is used by multiple airline manufacturers, but the color is equally at home in a graphic or website design.

Aircraft White
Hex #EDF2F8
RGB 237, 242, 248
CMYK 4, 2, 0, 3

Ajax Red

Hailing from Amsterdam, Ajax is an internationally renowned soccer or football team. The team’s colors are red, white, and black, and the specific shade of red that the players wear on their uniforms is referred to as Ajax Red. The color is bold, dramatic, and full of energy, which makes it a perfect fit for the team and all of its players.

Ajax Red
Hex #D2122E
RGB 210, 18, 46
CMYK 0, 91, 78, 18

Alabama Crimson

Another color that takes its name from an athletic group, Alabama Crimson is named after the dark red shade used by the University of Alabama. Nicknamed the “Crimson Tide”, the University of Alabama’s athletic department has been using the distinctive shade of Crimson since 1907, and the color has become indelibly linked with the university’s powerhouse American football team ever since.

Alabama Crimson
Hex #AF002A
RGB 175, 0, 42
CMYK 0, 100, 76, 31

Alabaster White

The name “alabaster” actually refers to several different minerals used throughout antiquity to create works of art. Alabaster White is an off-white shade that reflects the cream-colored stone or mineral that most of us tend to picture when we think of alabaster. It makes a great background color and can be used to expand spaces that would otherwise feel cramped.

Alabaster White
Hex #F2F0E6
RGB 242, 240, 230
CMYK 0, 1, 5, 5

Alabastine White

Alabaster may be one of several different minerals or stones, but alabastine refers to an extremely specific product. During the early 20th century, alabastine was a gypsum blend that was often used to build interior walls and features heavily in late Victorian and early Gilded Age architecture. Alabastine White provides that same cool stability to any design today.

Alabastine White
Hex #EDEAE0
RGB 237, 234, 224
CMYK 0, 1, 5, 7

Albescent White

Albescent White is actually a pretty redundant name, since the word “albescent” literally means “becoming white or whitish”. Albescent White as a color is a slightly off-white shade with warm undertones, which means that it veers a little more towards magenta or yellow than it does towards blue or even towards true white, especially when viewed in the full light of day.

Albescent White
Hex #F5E9D3
RGB 245, 233, 211
CMYK 0, 5, 14, 4

Alice Blue

A common misconception is that Alice Blue is named after the appearance of the eponymous protagonist of Lewis Carroll’s Alice In Wonderland. Instead, the pale blue shade was one of the favorite colors of US president Theodore Roosevelt’s daughter, Alice Roosevelt. Her fondness for the icy blue color was copied by fashionable young women across the nation, and the color has born her name ever since.

Alice Blue
Hex #F0F8FF
RGB 240, 248, 255
CMYK 6, 3, 0, 0

Alien Armpit

Perhaps the most unusual color name on this list, Alien Armpit is a limited edition color produced by the Crayola crayon company. The yellow-green hue is a playful nod to the classic alien imagery of “little green men” and was discontinued in the late 1990s, so it has no match in Crayola’s current crayon catalog.

Alien Armpit
Hex #84DE02
RGB 132, 222, 2
CMYK 41, 0, 99, 13

Alizarin Red

In ancient times, alizarin was a chemical compound used as a red textile dye. Traces of the pigment have been found in the pyramid tomb of Tutankhamun, as well as in the ruins of Pompeii. Today, this dark red shade isn’t as popular in the textile community, but the pigment is still widely used as a biological stain or marking agent.

Alizarin Red
Hex #E32636
RGB 227, 38, 54
CMYK 0, 83, 76, 11

Alliance Lime

Alliance Lime is a brilliant lime green color with a strong yellow undertone. It can be overwhelming when used in small spaces, but it pairs well with cooler neutrals, especially when it’s used in small amounts or as an accent color. Try pairing this vivid shade of green with a muted brown or even a red hue with blue or green undertones.

Alliance Lime
Hex #D2D943
RGB 210, 217, 67
CMYK 3, 0, 69, 15

Alloy Orange

Another color created and trademarked by Crayola, Alloy Orange is the name that the Crayola crayon company has given to an otherwise common color. Alloy Orange was formulated by Crayola in 2001 as part of their set of metallic crayons called Metallic FX.

Alloy Orange
Hex #C46210
RGB 196, 98, 16
CMYK 0, 50, 92, 23

Almond Brown

If you’ve ever enjoyed a handful of raw almonds, you know that the outer skin is a much darker shade of brown than Almond Brown would suggest. However, Almond Brown actually takes its name from the pale, almost white color of the inside of an almond, resulting in a soft off-white shade that’s equal parts warm and comforting.

Almond Brown
Hex #EFDECD
RGB 239, 222, 205
CMYK 0, 7, 14, 6

Almost Apricot

Apricot crops up later on this list, but for now, Almost Apricot ranks a little bit higher in this alphabetical order. Almost Apricot is a warm, reddish-brown shade that looks pink in certain lights. It’s a little paler and a little less orange than true Apricot, and it’s a popular choice for large spaces and personal fashion choices alike.

Almost Apricot
Hex #E3B29C
RGB 227, 178, 156
CMYK 0, 22, 31, 11

Amaranth

Sometimes referred to as “pigweed”, the amaranth plant family is comprised of more than 75 separate plant species and is found on nearly every continent. In regards to color, the amaranth family starts with a bright, vivid red as its base and branches out from there. True Amaranth is a sunny, cheerful red shade with very slight purple or purple-violet undertones.

Amaranth
Hex #E52B50
RGB 229, 43, 80
CMYK 0, 81, 65, 10

Amaranth Cerise

As compared to “true” Amaranth, Amaranth Cerise has a slightly cooler feel to it, which means that it falls solidly between the red and purple color families. A quick glance at the cyan, magenta, and yellow values shows that Amaranth Cerise has less of a yellow tint, which results in a cooler feeling and a less aggressively red shade to this variation.

Amaranth Cerise
Hex #CD2682
RGB 205, 38, 130
CMYK 0, 81, 37, 20

Amaranth Deep Purple

Like Amaranth Cerise, Amaranth Deep Purple has a lower yellow value than true Amaranth. However, Amaranth Deep Purple also has a slightly lower magenta value, which means that the entire color looks slightly more dark. Amaranth Deep Purple is also one of the more popular colors for blossoms of the amaranth plant itself, which means that purple-red flowers are often found growing in the wild.

Amaranth Deep Purple
Hex #9F2B68
RGB 159, 43, 104
CMYK 0, 73, 35, 38

Amaranth Magenta

Because the amaranth plant family is comprised of so many different plants, it’s no surprise that the color family should contain just about as many variations. Amaranth Magenta really highlights the magenta aspects of true Amaranth by dropping the yellow value significantly. The end result is a shade of purple red that allows the magenta undertones to really shine through.

Amaranth Magenta
Hex #ED3CCA
RGB 237, 60, 202
CMYK 0, 75, 15, 7

Amaranth Pink

The last Amaranth entry on this list, Amaranth Pink is a softer version of the previous red, purple, or magenta color entries. Amaranth Pink is extremely muted as compared to the other Amaranth shades, and pink amaranth blossoms found in nature often tend to veer towards the pastel end of the color vibrancy scale.

Amaranth Pink
Hex #F19CBB
RGB 241, 156, 187
CMYK 0, 35, 22, 5

Amazon Green

Amazon Green is named after the vibrant Amazon rain forest and is directly inspired by the verdant plant life and powerful river that shapes that entire region. The slightly yellow undertones brighten what would otherwise be an overwhelmingly dark shade and allow for some of the warmer notes to shine through and illuminate the strength of Amazon Green’s palette as a whole.

Amazon Green
Hex #786A4A
RGB 120, 106, 74
CMYK 0, 12, 38, 53

Amber

Technically just fossilized tree sap, amber is often treated as a precious or semiprecious gemstone, valued since before recorded history for its clear golden color and translucent nature. As a color, Amber is a bold shade of yellow that carries some of that rich historical beauty and pairs well with other dramatic greens, reds, and blues, as well as with more grounded neutrals.

Amber
Hex #FFBF00
RGB 255, 191, 0
CMYK 0, 25, 100, 0

Amber (SAE/ECE)

As compared to the above entry, SAE/ECE Amber has a distinctly orange hue. SAE/ECE Amber is defined as a neon orange with a hue of 30 degrees and a luminescence of 67%. This means that SAE/ECE Amber gives off a definite sense of warmth and brightness that traditional Amber often lacks. This color can be aggressive unless used in small amounts.

Amber (SAE/ECE)
Hex #FF7E00
RGB 255, 126, 0
CMYK 0, 51, 100, 0

American Rose Red

Sometimes referred to as “American Beauty Red”, American Rose Red is a striking, dramatic shade of red that may appear darker in certain lights. Like all true reds, American Rose Red can be overwhelming if used as a main color, but it can lend a dash of color and energy when paired with cool neutrals or other dark shades for a richly gothic look.

American Rose Red
Hex #FF033E
RGB 255, 3, 62
CMYK 0, 99, 76, 0

Amethyst

It may just be a purple variety of quartz, but amethyst has been a highly valued semiprecious stone since antiquity. The ancient Greeks believed that amethyst had curative properties and could prevent the wearer from getting drunk. As a color, Amethyst is a solid shade of purple that pairs nicely with greens, browns, tans, and off-whites.

Amethyst
Hex #9966CC
RGB 153, 102, 204
CMYK 25, 50, 0, 20

Amethyst Smoke

If you like the purple shade of Amethyst, but want something a little bit more dramatic, Amethyst Smoke may be the way to go. Amethyst Smoke actually has the same ratio of cyan to magenta values, but all of the values have been significantly reduced. The end result is a shade of purple that looks darker and more mysterious.

Amethyst Smoke
Hex #9484A5
RGB 148, 132, 165
CMYK 10, 20, 0, 35

Amour Pink

Amour Pink is a pale pink shade with a sweetly romantic feel and a soft mellow tone that rounds out any space without looking overly pink or too childish for a professional design. Pair Amour Pink with a muted red brown or a darker shade of cream in order to get a glamorous, sophisticated look, especially when paired with white.

Amour Pink
Hex #FBDEE0
RGB 251, 222, 224
CMYK 0, 12, 11, 2

Amour Light

As the name might suggest, Amour Light is very similar in color to Amour Pink, but it edges even closer to a white or off-white shade than the previous entry. Amour Light is a great choice for places where you want a little bit of color but don’t want a design that looks too aggressively pink or too childish.

Amour Light
Hex #F9EAF3
RGB 249, 234, 243
CMYK 0, 6, 2, 2

Android Green

Android Green is named after the Android operating system. The operating system’s mascot, a small green robot character, is colored Android Green, and the color often appears in a lot of the advertising for the product line. Android Green is technically a shade of chartreuse with a strong yellow undertone that brightens the color and helps it look more cheerfully exuberant.

Android Green
Hex #A4C639
RGB 164, 198, 57
CMYK 17, 0, 71, 22

Angels Red

The Los Angeles Angels were founded in 1961, which is relatively recent for a major league baseball team, but they have quickly become one of the most popular and well-known teams in the country. The players on the LA Angels team wear red, silver, and navy blue uniforms, and the distinctive red color gives this particular shade of red its name.

Angels Red
Hex #BA0021
RGB 186, 0, 33
CMYK 0, 100, 82, 27

Anti-Flash White

We’ve already seen a specific shade of white used on most airplanes today, but Aircraft White wasn’t always the aviator’s color of choice. Anti-Flash White was used to paint US, Soviet, and British nuclear bombers throughout the Cold War. The white color was specifically chosen to reflect as much thermal radiation as possible in an effort to protect the pilot and any other passengers of a nuclear bomber.

Anti-Flash White
Hex #F2F3F4
RGB 242, 243, 244
CMYK 1, 0, 0, 4

Antique Brass

Antique Brass is the first of several “antique” colors featured on this list, and it serves as an excellent example of the entire family. Antique Brass is a warm, reddish brown shade that has been slightly muted or darkened in order to provide a weathered, antique overall appearance.

Antique Brass
Hex #C88A65
RGB 200, 138, 101
CMYK 0, 31, 50, 22

Antique Bronze

Antique Bronze, like Antique Brass, is clearly derived from a more “pure” or traditional color. In this case, the bold and bright tones of traditional bronze have been significantly muted. The end result is a dark brown shade that carries some metallic reflections but otherwise dials up the drama in order to lend a sense of the age and history that “antique” implies.

Antique Bronze
Hex #CD9575
RGB 205, 149, 117
CMYK 0, 27, 43, 20

Antique Fuchsia

When it comes to shades of “antique” colors, Fuchsia probably isn’t the first color that pops into anyone’s mind. Nevertheless, Antique Fuchsia is another great example of the antique color family. The muted purple shade pairs well with dark grays or greens, or you can pair it with a bold, dark red in order to make the color really shine.

Antique Fuchsia
Hex #915C83
RGB 145, 92, 131
CMYK 0, 37, 10, 43

Antique Gray

Jumping back to the more traditional side of the antique family, Antique Gray is a well-weathered and well-worn shade that helps to cool and expand any space. It’s a little bit darker than traditional gray, which means it works well with just about any non-neutral shade, but it can also pair with other gray or neutral colors for a crisp, monochromatic look.

Antique Gray
Hex #A5A9A0
RGB 165, 169, 160
CMYK 2, 0, 5, 34

Antique Green

Antique Green is actually a variation on Granny Apple Green, which means that this glossy green shade has a distinctly yellow undertone. Visually, it hearkens back to the green glass creations of the early 20th century, particularly the Art Deco movement. Antique Green pairs well with gold and tan colors for a dramatic look that feels full of old-world charm.

Antique Green
Hex #5C5D39
RGB 92, 93, 57
CMYK 1, 0, 39, 64

Antique Ruby

Because rubies have been so highly valued for thousands of years, it’s hardly a surprise that a color called “Antique Ruby” should have some basis in a real-world shade. Antique Ruby is a dark shade of red that looks almost crimson in certain lights. Like most other antique colors, it pairs well with other dramatic jewel tones or with more traditional neutral colors.

Antique Ruby
Hex #521C20
RGB 82, 28, 32
CMYK 0, 66, 61, 68

Antique White

The last antique shade on this list, Antique White may look more like an off-white or even a tan at first glance. It has a higher yellow value than most off-white shades, which helps to give this color an aged or weathered look. Because it is still primarily a neutral, it pairs well with just about any other neutral shade.

Antique White
Hex #FAEBD7
RGB 250, 235, 215
CMYK 0, 6, 14, 2

Ao

In the Japanese language, the word ao is used as a prefix to denote either a blue or green color. In the English-speaking world, Ao refers to a specific shade of green. It’s a calm, soothing shade that pairs well with tans, browns, and other “earthy” colors.

Ao
Hex #008000
RGB 0, 128, 0
CMYK 100, 0, 100, 50

Apple Green

If you’ve ever taken a bite of a fresh, bright green apple, you’ll probably be able to picture exactly what this shade of green looks like. Apple Green is a sunny, cheerful green that pairs well with pale or neutral colors. Combining Apple Green with a cool, crisp white can create a bright design with a youthful energy.

Apple Green
Hex #8DB600
RGB 141, 182, 0
CMYK 23, 0, 100, 29

Apple Orchard Green

Similar to the above entry, Apple Orchard Green is a vibrant shade of green that draws its inspiration from the bright yellow and green hues of an apple orchard. It’s a medium dark shade of green that pairs nicely with muted reds, blues, or even darker greens.

Apple Orchard Green
Hex #73C800
RGB 115, 200, 0
CMYK 43, 0, 100, 22

Apricot

We’ve already looked at Almost Apricot, but now it’s time for the real deal. Apricot is a pale yellow-orange shade that pairs well with cool blues or muted greens for a breezy, natural look. Apricot may be a little bit lighter than the skin or flesh of an actual apricot fruit, but it still carries a distinct sense of sweetness and nostalgia.

Apricot
Hex #FBCEB1
RGB 251, 206, 177
CMYK 0, 18, 29, 2

Apricot Tan

As compared to true Apricot, Apricot Tan has a noticeably more golden appearance, thanks to higher yellow and magenta values. It still has the slight pinkish glow that distinguishes Apricot from traditional orange, but Apricot Tan’s bolder look lets it work well with dramatic sky blues, jewel greens, and deep shades of brown that would otherwise appear overpowering with a softer shade.

Apricot Tan
Hex #DD9760
RGB 221, 151, 96
CMYK 0, 32, 57, 13

Aqua

Aqua is another color that’s been in use for so long that its name can have multiple meanings. For this list, we’re using the computer model definition of Aqua, which means that Aqua is being defined as “identical to cyan”. True Aqua is a bold shade halfway between blue and green, and the CMYK values reflect a shade completely untouched by magenta or yellow.

Aqua
Hex #00FFFF
RGB 0, 255, 255
CMYK 100, 0, 0, 0

Aqua Pearl

Aqua Pearl, sometimes referred to as Pearl Aqua, takes the same vibrant energy of true Aqua and dials it down dramatically. Aqua Pearl is paler and gentler than Aqua, which makes it suited for many designs. Pair this green-blue shade with other muted pinks, purples, browns, and greens for a space that feels childlike and energetic.

Aqua Pearl
Hex #88D8C0
RGB 136, 216, 192
CMYK 37, 0, 11, 15

Aquamarine

Today, Aquamarine is another shade of blue-green that is technically classified as a light shade of spring green. The name aquamarine actually dates back to the late 1500s, and the name itself comes from the pale blue variety of beryl that bears the same name. Aquamarine appears similar to Aqua or cyan and lighter than true blue-green.

Aquamarine
Hex #7FFFD4
RGB 127, 255, 212
CMYK 50, 0, 17, 0

Aquamarine Blue

As compared to Aquamarine, Aquamarine Blue actually looks closest to the color of the aquamarine mineral. It has a light, translucent appearance that is slightly tempered by a cool gray undertone. In nature, aquamarine is usually found in a granite bed, and the grayish notes of this particular shade help to reflect the natural setting that usually accompanies the mineral.

Aquamarine Blue
Hex #6BCAE2
RGB 107, 202, 226
CMYK 53, 11, 0, 11

Arctic Lime

The name may make you think of a cold or forbidding exterior setting, but Arctic Lime is actually an incredibly high-energy shade of lime green. It may be noticeably paler than traditional lime green, but Arctic Lime still has high enough values of yellow and blue to make for a cheerful, exuberant shade of bright green.

Arctic Lime
Hex #D0FF14
RGB 208, 255, 20
CMYK 18, 0, 92, 0

Area 51

The second of two alien-themed names on this list, Area 51 is more commonly used as a car color than it is as a graphic design or paint color. Regardless of the intended use, Area 51 is a bold, cool shade of greenish blue, and like most blue-green combinations, Area 51 pairs well with muted red, yellow, and brown tones.

Area 51
Hex #3C8043
RGB 60, 128, 67
CMYK 53, 0, 48, 50

Argentinian Azure

Also known as “Argentinian Blue”, Argentinian Azure is a soft shade of pale blue that features heavily on the flag of Argentina. Scholars disagree as to the color’s significance, but one popular interpretation holds that the color represents the soft blue of the Argentinian sky.

Argentinian Azure
Hex #6CACE4
RGB 108, 172, 228
CMYK 53, 25, 0, 11

Arizona Cardinals Red

Founded in 1898, the Arizona Cardinals actually used to be the Chicago Cardinals, as the baseball team only moved to the metropolitan area of Phoenix, Arizona in the late 1980s. Despite the team’s move across the country, the dark red hue of the Cardinals uniform has remained more or less constant since the team’s birth.

Arizona Cardinals Red
Hex #97233F
RGB 151, 35, 63
CMYK 0, 77, 58, 41

Army Green

Army Green is a deep green with brown or yellow undertones. Despite its severe appearance, Army Green can be a unique choice for a wide range of designs. It pairs well with a pale bluish-purple for a more subdued look. If you want to stick with the dramatic look, try pairing this shade with a dark reddish-purple or a deep navy blue.

Army Green
Hex #4B5320
RGB 75, 83, 32
CMYK 10, 0, 61, 67

Arsenal Red

Based in Islington, London, Arsenal Football Club has been playing since the late 1880s, and they’ve fought hard to earn their place as an internationally recognized football organization. Their home colors include this striking shade of bright red, which has been designated as Arsenal Red since 1886, immediately after the club’s initial foundation.

Arsenal Red
Hex #EF0107
RGB 239, 1, 7
CMYK 0, 100, 97, 6

Arsenic

When found in nature, arsenic is usually a silver-gray mineral or crystal, and its refined forms are either pale white or entirely colorless. However, as a color, Arsenic is a deep bluish-green with strong gray undertones. The end result is a rich shade of blue so dark that it almost looks like black. Arsenic pairs especially well with dark brown or dark crimson red shades.

Arsenic
Hex #3B444B
RGB 59, 68, 75
CMYK 21, 9, 0, 71

Artichoke

If you’ve ever scoffed at edible flowers, chances are pretty good that you’ve already eaten a flower without even knowing it. Artichokes are technically part of the thistle family, but their large blossoms are far more valued for their culinary importance than for any decorative merit. Artichoke green is a smooth brownish-green shade that pairs well with gold, dark brown, and a sage-colored tan.

Artichoke
Hex #8F9779
RGB 143, 151, 121
CMYK 5, 0, 20, 41

Artichoke (Pantone)

If you’re looking for a deep shade of green that dials up the drama in any design, Pantone’s shade of Artichoke may be the way to go. Pantone Artichoke is significantly darker than traditional Artichoke, and its best complement is an equally dark and gothic-looking shade of brownish gray or a coolly dramatic Imperial Purple.

Artichoke (Pantone)
Hex #4B6D41
RGB 75, 109, 65
CMYK 31, 0, 40, 57

Artist’s Purple

Throughout history, purple has been used to represent wealth, luxury, mystery, and power. Today, it’s a lot easier to get your hands on the color purple than it would have been thousands of years ago, but some of that intrigue still remains. Artist’s Purple is a colorful shade that still carries a hint of mystery and pairs well with greens, browns, and the usual neutral shades.

Artist’s Purple
Hex #C71585
RGB 199, 21, 133
CMYK 0, 89, 33, 22

Arylide Yellow

In a traditional setting, arylide refers to a family of compounds used by classic and modern painters in order to create yellow pigments for their paints. As a color, however, Arylide Yellow is a bright shade of golden yellow that pairs well with strong purples, blues, greens, and browns. It also works with off-whites and tans for a softer, more muted look.

Arylide Yellow
Hex #E9D66B
RGB 233, 214, 107
CMYK 0, 8, 54, 9

Ash

If you’ve been following the silver hair trend over the last few years, you’ve probably seen this color before. Ash is a cool gray tone that has seen a surge in popularity as a hair color, although it works just as well when paired with reds, purples, or other jewel tones when used in a dramatic design.

Ash
Hex #B2BEB5
RGB 178, 190, 181
CMYK 6, 0, 5, 25

Ash Brown

At first glance, Ash Brown’s name may seem to be following the ashen trend established by true Ash, as the gray or silver undertones to this shade lend it a mellow, cool appearance. However, Ash Brown actually takes its name from the ash tree, a temperate plant grown around the world that has a grayish brown tint to its bark.

Ash Brown
Hex #675B58
RGB 103, 91, 88
CMYK 0, 12, 15, 60

Ash White

Like Ash Brown, Ash White is named for the appearance of a particular tree. The White Ash or Biltmore Ash tree has pale bark that can be easily spotted at a distance. Ash White reflects some of that striking natural beauty, although the shade is slightly tempered by a hint of yellow that gives the color a softer, warmer appearance.

Ash White
Hex #E6E6D8
RGB 230, 230, 216
CMYK 0, 0, 6, 10

Asparagus

It may be one of the most popular (and expensive) vegetables in the world, but asparagus is actually a grass, not a vegetable at all. No matter what its technical classification may be, asparagus has a unique, yellow-green color that the color Asparagus perfectly matches. Pair Asparagus with other yellow-tan shades or with a more dramatic red or crimson color.

Asparagus
Hex #87A96B
RGB 135, 169, 107
CMYK 20, 0, 37, 34

Asphalt

Most of us tend to think of asphalt as a modern invention or as something invented when automobiles were starting to take off. However, asphalt is actually a petroleum derivative that occurs naturally around the world. The biggest natural deposit is estimated to hold around ten million tons of the glossy black material that gives Asphalt its distinctive color and name.

Asphalt
Hex #080202
RGB 8, 2, 2
CMYK 0, 75, 75, 97

Astros Navy

Throughout their history as a team, the Houston Astros have always been noted for their bold approach to uniform fashion. From unusual color combinations to on-trend uniform designs, the dark blue Astros Navy is one of the few constants that has been going strong with only a few hiccups since the baseball team was founded in the early 1960s.

Astros Navy
Hex #002D62
RGB 0, 45, 98
CMYK 100, 54, 0, 62

Atomic Tangerine

Not to be confused with the rock band of the same name, Atomic Tangerine is a color designed and trademarked by the Crayola company. Technically a coral variation, Atomic Tangerine is a bright and cheerful shade that often appears as a red or pale reddish orange.

Atomic Tangerine
Hex #FF9966
RGB 255, 153, 102
CMYK 0, 40, 60, 0

Atonement

Atonement is a pretty heavy concept, so it’s hardly surprising that Atonement, as a color, should carry some of that same visual impact and dramatic depth. Atonement is a bold shade of red that pairs well with equally dramatic colors. Try combining it with a dark green, gray, or purple for a space that feels too big to be believed.

Atonement
Hex #BC0100
RGB 188, 1, 0
CMYK 0, 99, 100, 26

Atrium White

Atrium White is yet another cool, crisp shade of white that takes its name directly from its intended purpose. Atrium White was originally designed for use in large indoor spaces in order to improve the space’s acoustics and brighten up the entire room. Today, it works well as a base color for any interior space or graphic design, no matter the size!

Atrium White
Hex #F1F0E0
RGB 241, 240, 224
CMYK 0, 0, 7, 5

Auburn

Auburn is a striking shade of red that features an equal balance of green and blue in order to create a well-rounded overall tone. If you’re aiming for an analogous palette, try pairing this shade with another warm brown or plum color. Contrast it with cool greens, blues, and other “cold” colors in order to create a complementary color scheme.

Auburn
Hex #A52A2A
RGB 165, 42, 42
CMYK 0, 75, 75, 35

Auburn Red

As compared to true Auburn, Auburn Red is a far darker shade that can look brown or even purple in the right light. Auburn Red is usually closer to the color referred to as “auburn” when describing human hair, but it also is a bold, dramatic choice for designs when paired with other muted browns or greens.

Auburn Red
Hex #622725
RGB 98, 39, 37
CMYK 0, 60, 62, 62

Audience Anger

Audience Anger is yet another entry where the name doesn’t seem to match the color at all. Although the name might sound aggressive, the color itself has a visible blue undertone to it, which means that the end result is a shade of off-white that carries a distinctly blue undertone and works well with any other cool neutral color.

Audience Anger
Hex #EAF4FC
RGB 234, 244, 252
CMYK 7, 3, 0, 1

Aureolin

Aureolin isn’t a color word that we tend to hear very often, but it used to be one of the most important tools in any classical painter’s toolbox. Aureolin is a brilliant yellow pigment that was noted for its incredible stability when used with watercolors. Today, the name is usually used to refer to the color, rather than the pigment itself.

Aureolin
Hex #FDEE00
RGB 253, 238, 0
CMYK 0, 6, 100, 1

Australian Mint

Any mint plant you may see growing in a garden is probably going to have a much darker shade of green than what a painter’s color wheel would have you believe. Australian Mint, on the other hand, isn’t named after the plant so much as for the cool, icy taste of mint as a seasoning, and the pale green color reflects that perspective.

Australian Mint
Hex #E9F4A3
RGB 233, 244, 163
CMYK 5, 0, 33, 4

Automotive Amber

We’ve already seen classic or “true” Amber in an earlier entry, but Automotive Amber is most likely the color we see more often in real life. Automotive Amber is the uniquely vivid orange shade that’s used for traffic lights and the vast majority of car headlights, which makes it one of the most common colors we see in our day-to-day routines.

Automotive Amber
Hex #FFC600
RGB 255, 198, 0
CMYK 0, 22, 100, 0

Autumn Purple

The red-brown undertones of Autumn Purple seem to make it clear where this shade gets its name, but it actually goes a little bit deeper than that. The white ash tree, often referred to as the “autumn purple” ash, changes its foliage to a very similar color during the fall. Regardless of the name’s origin, Autumn Purple is a warmly evocative color perfect for accent walls.

Autumn Purple
Hex #834468
RGB 131, 68, 104
CMYK 0, 48, 21, 49

Avocado

Avocados may be considered a bit of a cliché these days, but there’s no denying that they’re still wildly popular and that their characteristic dark green skins are instantly recognizable no matter where you are. As a color, Avocado captures some of that same international appeal and pairs well with neutrals as well as warmer brown, tan, or off-white shades.

Avocado
Hex #568203
RGB 86, 130, 3
CMYK 34, 0, 98, 49

Awesome Crimson

When we think of crimson, most of us tend to picture a dark shade of red that veers a little more towards purple, but Awesome Crimson is the exception to the rule. Awesome Crimson is a very bright shade of red that actually has more orange or magenta undertones, so that the end result is a cheerful and totally awesome hue!

Awesome Crimson
Hex #FF2052
RGB 255, 32, 82
CMYK 0, 87, 68, 0

Aztec Gold

Legends of Aztec gold date back to before the Spanish conquest of the “New World” and were the driving force behind the majority of Spanish action in the Americas. Today, we know that most of those legends were greatly exaggerated, but the mystery and allure of the myths still remain and give life to this warm, golden shade of yellow.

Aztec Gold
Hex #C39953
RGB 195, 153, 83
CMYK 0, 22, 57, 24

Aztec Maroon

Aztec Maroon is a bold shade of dark purplish red that appears similar in shade to the tones that are often found in Aztec art. The ancient Aztecs made the distinctive red pigment from dried cochineal insects, small bugs that naturally produce a vivid red hue. Aztec Maroon pairs well with more muted or neutral tones that allow this color to shine.

Aztec Maroon
Hex #915F6D
RGB 145, 95, 109
CMYK 0, 34, 25, 43

Azul

“Azul” is simply the Spanish word for “blue”, so it’s hardly surprising that Azul looks very similar to what most of us would consider to be a classic blue color. However, this particular shade of blue has a warmer, richer undertone that makes it work perfectly as an accent color or when used to brighten up any space.

Azul
Hex #1D5DEC
RGB 29, 93, 236
CMYK 88, 61, 0, 7

Azure

One of the oldest shades of blue in the world, Azure takes its English name from the blue semiprecious stone lapis lazuli. It appears as a color in English as early as 1374, although many languages around the world consider it to be a separate color from blue. Azure is a more intense, more dramatic shade of the classic blue tone.

Azure
Hex #007FFF
RGB 0, 127, 255
CMYK 100, 50, 0, 0

Azure (X11)

While the color Azure has been around for literally thousands of years, Azure X11 is a shade that was specifically developed for use in web design and graphic art or imaging. It has a brighter, more vivid tone than true Azure, and the end result is a bold, striking shade that catches the eye, especially when paired with more neutral tones.

Azure (X11)
Hex #F0FFFF
RGB 240, 255, 255
CMYK 6, 0, 0, 0

Azure Blue

Also known as RAL 5009, Azure Blue is the Azure shade as defined by the European RAL Color Standard. Originally founded in 1927 to curate a collection of forty colors, the RAL Color Standard has since grown to include a much wider range of colors, including the dramatic Azure Blue shade. Azure Blue is a green-gray shade with a cool base.

Azure Blue
Hex #225F78
RGB 34, 95, 120
CMYK 72, 21, 0, 53

Azureish White

The last of our four azure shades, Azureish White is an extremely pale shade of blue that carries some warmer undertones beneath its cool exterior. Like most off-white or near-white shades, Azureish White is an extremely versatile color that can be paired with just about any complementary color, although it’s often used in designs when paired with a warmer tone.

Azureish White
Hex #DBE9F4
RGB 219, 233, 244
CMYK 10, 5, 0, 4