137 Colors That Start With K (Names, Hex, RGB, CMYK)

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If you’re looking for a color that starts with the letter K, you may notice that there aren’t a lot of English-language options. As a general rule, there are relatively few words – let alone color names – in the English language that begin with this letter, which is why this list pulls heavily from colors in other languages, like Japanese and German.

Below, we’ve assembled an alphabetical list of more than 130 colors that start with K, along with all the information you may need to help you get started on any graphic design, interior design, or traditional art project.

List of Colors That Start With K

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

Kōbai-iro

Kōbai-iro is a Japanese color name that literally translates to “red plum colored”. As a result, this shade is a warm, soft red with some slight purple and pink undertones that lend a little bit of extra sweetness.

Kōbai-iro
Hex #DB5A6B
RGB 219, 90, 107
CMYK 0, 59, 51, 14

Kōrainando

Kōrainando, on the other hand, is an extremely dark shade of green that borders on black, with some deep blue undertones that help push the color even further to result in an overall dark and shadowy hue.

Kōrainando
Hex #203838 
RGB 32, 56, 56
CMYK 43, 0, 0, 78

Kōrozen

Kōrozen is another dark shade, but the strong red-brown undertones give this particular shade a warmer, stronger feel. Kōrozen is the color created by sumac dye, which explains the bright red, brown, and orange tones that make up its appearance.

Kōrozen
Hex #592B1F
RGB 89, 43, 31
CMYK 0, 52, 65, 65

Kabacha

Kabacha or “birch brown” looks about the way you’d expect it to, given its name—a warm, bright shade of brown with strong red and yellow undertones running beneath the surface and brightening the overall hue.

Kabacha
Hex #B14A30 
RGB 177, 74, 48
CMYK 0, 58, 73, 31

Kabul

The capital of Afghanistan, Kabul is a high mountain city that serves as the inspiration for this dark, stately shade of brown with subtle green undertones that hint at the strength and potential of the surrounding mountain range.

Kabul
Hex #5E483E 
RGB 94, 72, 62
CMYK 0, 23, 34, 63

Kachi-iro

Kachi-iro literally means “coarse wool color”, and the shade that bears the same name is a dark, deep shade of blue with some even deeper purple undertones that result in an intense, dramatic blue that borders on black.

Kachi-iro
Hex #181B26 
RGB 24, 27, 38
CMYK 37, 29, 0, 85

Kachow (CS)

Kachow is a bold, cheerful shade of red with strong orange and yellow undertones running beneath the surface. The end result is a muted red-brown shade with a slightly orange tint, although red still remains the dominant tone.

Kachow (CS)
Hex #A23A34 
RGB 162, 58, 52
CMYK 0, 64, 68, 36

Kaitoke Green

Kaitoke Green is a rich, deep shade of green that draws its inspiration from a specific region in northern New Zealand that’s renowned for the lush plant growth and sweeping views that earn it a spot on many tourist destination lists.

Kaitoke Green
Hex #004620 
RGB 0, 70, 32
CMYK 100, 0, 54, 73

Kakishibu-iro

Kakishibu-iro or “persimmon-juice color” is a little bit darker than you might expect, based on the name. Nevertheless, the shade has all the warmth, depth, and sweetness of a cool orange-red glass of persimmon juice.

Kakishibu-iro
Hex #934337 
RGB 147, 67, 55
CMYK 0, 54, 63, 42

Kakitsubata

Kakitsubata is another nature-themed color, but this shade is inspired by a specific flower—the Rabbit-ear iris—that produces blossoms with this deep, rich purple-blue hue, although the flowers themselves are usually a little bit lighter in shade.

Kakitsubata
Hex #491E3C 
RGB 73, 30, 60
CMYK 0, 59, 18, 71

Kaleidoscope (CS)

By virtue of their nature, kaleidoscopes typically feature displays in a dazzling array of colors. As a color, however, Kaleidoscope (CS) is a bold, dramatic shade of dark purple that captures some of the excitement and mystery of these optical illusion-makers.

Kaleidoscope (CS)
Hex #3A084F 
RGB 58, 8, 79
CMYK 27, 90, 0, 69

Kalgoorie Sands (CS)

Kalgoorie Sands (CS) is a bright and sunny shade of orange-brown with strong red and yellow undertones. As a color, it draws its inspiration from the wide-open desert spaces that can be found throughout Western Australia.

Kalgoorie Sands (CS)
Hex #BB8B67 
RGB 187, 139, 103
CMYK 0, 26, 45, 27

Kali Blue (RAL)

Kali Blue (RAL) is the first of several “RAL” colors on this list, which means that it’s part of a European color-matching system that helps to organize and regulate color production. Kali Blue is a deep blue shade with strong green undertones.

Kali Blue (RAL)
Hex #00505A
RGB 0, 80, 90
CMYK 100, 11, 0, 65

Kamenozoki

Kamenozoki is a pale, muted brown shade with some slight yellow undertones. The name literally means “inside of a bottle”, and the color is a reflection of light filtered through a thick pane of glass.

Kamenozoki
Hex #C6C2B6 
RGB 198, 194, 182
CMYK 0, 2, 8, 22

Kamikaze (CS)

Kamikaze (CS) is named for the special attack units of the Imperial Japanese Army and Navy during the second World War. As a color, Kamikaze (CS) is an intense shade of dark red with some hotter orange and yellow undertones.

Kamikaze (CS)
Hex #A43F30 
RGB 164, 63, 48
CMYK 0, 62, 71, 36

Kandinsky Turquoise (RAL)

Kandinsky Turquoise (RAL) is a deep turquoise shade that draws its inspiration from the bold colors and designs created by the abstract artist of the same name. Kandinsky Turquoise (RAL) is a brash, energetic blue-green shade with soft yellow undertones.

Kandinsky Turquoise (RAL)
Hex #2D8284
RGB 45, 130, 132
CMYK 66, 2, 0, 48

Kangaroo

Kangaroo is a soft dun brown inspired by the coat of the largest marsupial in the world! Despite its overall warm brown appearance, Kangaroo does have some slightly cooler green notes just below the surface.

Kangaroo
Hex #C6C8BD 
RGB 198, 200, 189
CMYK 1, 0, 5, 22

Kansas City Chiefs Gold (NFL)

The Kansas City Chiefs are an American football team from Kansas City, Missouri. Their main colors are red and gold—specifically, this bright shade of sunny golden yellow with a strong red or red-orange undertone.

Kansas City Chiefs Gold (NFL)
Hex #FFB81C 
RGB 255, 184, 28
CMYK 0, 28, 89, 0

Kansas City Chiefs Red (NFL)

Kansas City Chiefs Red (NFL) is the second official color of the Kansas City Chiefs football team. As compared to a “true” red, this shade is slightly brighter, which gives the color’s overall appearance a slightly pink tint.

Kansas City Chiefs Red (NFL)
Hex #E31837 
RGB 227, 24, 55
CMYK 0, 89, 76, 11

Kansas City Royals Blue (MLB)

The second Kansas City, Missouri sports team on this list, the Kansas City Royals, is a professional baseball team based in the city of the same name. Their official colors include this deep shade of royal blue with a slight purple undertone.

Kansas City Royals Blue (MLB)
Hex #004687 
RGB 0, 70, 135
CMYK 100, 48, 0, 47

Kansas City Royals Gold (MLB)

Most baseball teams have at least two official colors, and the Kansas City Royals are no exception. Kansas City Royals Gold (MLB) is a slightly muted gold shade with some antique brown and even green undertones.

Kansas City Royals Gold (MLB)
Hex #BD9B60 
RGB 189, 155, 96
CMYK 0, 18, 49, 26

Kanzō-iro

Going back to our list of Japanese color names, Kanzō-iro is a very bright, cheerful shade of soft orange with strong pink and red undertones. The name Kanzō-iro refers to the color of an orange-yellow daylily.

Kanzō-iro
Hex #FF8936 
RGB 255, 137, 54
CMYK 0, 46, 79, 0

Karacha

Karacha is a deep brown color that draws its inspiration from the warm, spicy color of a freshly-brewed cup of tea. As a result, the shade has plenty of bright red and orange undertones to lend warmth to the overall hue.

Karacha
Hex #B35C44 
RGB 179, 92, 68
CMYK 0, 49, 62, 30

Karaka

It may sound similar to the previous entry, but Karaka is a vastly different shade in terms of color family. Karaka is a cool, dark purple-brown, almost black shade with only the slightest hint of green-yellow to mute the color’s strength.

Karaka
Hex #1E1609 
RGB 30, 22, 9
CMYK 0, 27, 70, 88

Karaka Grey (CS)

Karaka Grey (CS), like Karaka, takes its inspiration from the evergreen tree that grows in New Zealand. Unlike “true” Karaka, however, Karaka Grey has a slightly gray-brown appearance that results in a slightly brighter overall shade.

Karaka Grey (CS)
Hex #2D2D24 
RGB 45, 45, 36
CMYK 0, 0, 20, 82

Karakurenai

Karakurenai, or “foreign crimson”, is another dramatic red shade with plenty of weight and visual gravitas. Slightly darker than a traditional crimson shade, Karakurenai is an intense red variation with an orange-brown undertone for added visual impact.

Karakurenai
Hex #C91F37
RGB 201, 31, 55
CMYK 0, 85, 73, 21

Karens Pewter (CS)

Karens Pewter, as the name might suggest, is a variation on a standard Pewter shade. As a result, this color is a cool, sturdy gray with some slightly metallic undertones to give it that hammered, aged look that sets pewter apart.

Karens Pewter (CS)
Hex #666156 
RGB 102, 97, 86
CMYK 0, 5, 16, 60

Kariyasu

If you think of grass-themed colors, this shade may not be what you’re expecting. However, Kariyasu is named after and inspired by the golden grass that can be seen throughout Japan in the late summer months.

Kariyasu
Hex #E2B13C 
RGB 226, 177, 60
CMYK 0, 22, 73, 11

Karma (CS)

If you’ve ever wondered what the color of cosmic justice should be, wonder no more! Karma (CS) is a reserved brown shade with enough of a yellow undertone to give the finished product a slightly sick green appearance.

Karma (CS)
Hex #B6A237 
RGB 182, 162, 55
CMYK 0, 11, 70, 29

Karry

As compared to some of the other entries on this list, Karry is a non-intrusive, self-effacing shade of pale off-white. With only the slightest hint of a pink or orange undertone, Karry is a soft, gentle color with a warm overall hue.

Karry
Hex #FFEAD4 
RGB 255, 234, 212
CMYK 0, 8, 17, 0

Kashmir Blue

The Kashmir region of the Indian subcontinent encapsulates a wide range of territory, but Kashmir Blue does its best to sum up the entire area. The end result is a cool blue shade with plenty of green and purple undertones for a broader, more intense color.

Kashmir Blue
Hex #507096 
RGB 80, 112, 150
CMYK 47, 25, 0, 41

Katsure Blue

Katsure Blue is technically a deep Sky Blue variant, which means that the overall intensity of the blue shade is muted slightly by a yellow or blue-green undertone in order to create a stately and measured deep blue color.

Katsure Blue
Hex #3660AA 
RGB 54, 96, 170
CMYK 68, 44, 0, 33

Kelly Green

Named after the common Irish surname, Kelly Green is inspired by the rich yellow-green fields of Ireland and the vibrant potential that that land holds.

Kelly Green
Hex #4CBB17 
RGB 76, 187, 23
CMYK 59, 0, 88, 27

Kelp

Kelp is a straightforward, no-nonsense shade of dark green with some earthy green undertones. This color is inspired by the appearance of the deep green-brown ocean plants that are often found washed up on beaches around the world.

Kelp
Hex #454936 
RGB 69, 73, 54
CMYK 5, 0, 26, 71

Kenpōzome

Kenpōzome literally means “legal dye” and is a reference to the period in Japanese history in which color use was regulated based upon the social class of the wearer. As a color, Kenpōzome is an extremely dark black shade with only the slightest orange undertone.

Kenpōzome
Hex #2E211B 
RGB 46, 33, 27
CMYK 0, 28, 41, 82

Kenyan Copper

Most of the copper deposits on the planet are found within a handful of countries in Sub-Saharan Africa—specifically, Zambia, South Africa, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. As a color, Kenyan Copper is inspired by the rich resources that Kenya—among other nations—provides. 

Kenyan Copper
Hex #7C1C05 
RGB 124, 28, 5
CMYK 0, 77, 96, 51

Kenyan Copper (CS)

The second Kenyan Copper variant, Kenyan Copper (CS) has less of a burnished red undertone and more of an overall brassy or brown shade.

Kenyan Copper (CS)
Hex #6C322E 
RGB 108, 50, 46
CMYK 0, 54, 57, 58

Keppel

Keppel is a brilliant bluish green shade that technically serves as a variation on digital Cyan. Because of its digital roots, Keppel is actually a relatively new color, with its first appearance cropping up as recently as 2001.

Keppel
Hex #3AB09E 
RGB 58, 176, 158
CMYK 67, 0, 10, 31

Kermes

Before there was cochineal dye, there was kermes dye—a brilliant scarlet pigment made from the dried bodies of the Kermes beetle and extremely popular among ancient Egyptians, Romans, Indians, Iranians, and Greeks! Today, Kermes usually refers to the color produced by the dye rather than the dye itself.

Kermes
Hex #DC143C 
RGB 220, 20, 60
CMYK 0, 91, 73, 14

Kermit (CS)

Named after and inspired by the famous frog of the same name, Kermit (CS) is a warm, cheerful shade of green with strong yellow undertones and a medium-dark overall appearance.

Kermit (CS)
Hex #368136 
RGB 54, 129, 54
CMYK 58, 0, 58, 49

Ketchup

Whether you spell it catsup or ketchup, you’ve probably seen the sweet, tangy tomato sauce that’s so popular on greasy or fried foods. As a color, Ketchup is a bright red with some cooler blue undertones for a bold crimson overall shade.

Ketchup
Hex #B50000 
RGB 181, 0, 0 
CMYK 0, 100, 100, 29

Key Lime

Sometimes known as “bartenders lime”, “Mexican lime”, or “West Indian lime”, the Key lime is much smaller, stronger, and paler than traditional deep green limes. As a color, Key Lime is a pale yellow with strong green undertones to capture the citrus-y bite.

Key Lime
Hex #AEBC21 
RGB 174, 188, 33
CMYK 7, 0, 82, 26

Key Lime Pearl

Key Lime Pearl starts with a Key Lime base before dialing up the yellow values and muting some of the blue undertones that would result in a greener color. The end result is a soft yellow shade with only a hint of green.

Key Lime Pearl
Hex #E8F48C 
RGB 232, 244, 140
CMYK 5, 0, 43, 4

Key Lime Pie

Key Lime Pie steers back in the other direction in order to create a shade of light yellow-green that’s a little bit paler than “true” Key Lime.

Key Lime Pie
Hex #BFC921 
RGB 191, 201, 33
CMYK 5, 0, 84, 21

Khaki

In general, “khaki” can refer to any tan color with a yellow undertone. For the purposes of this list, however, Khaki refers to this specific shade of pale brown with warm yellow and tan undertones that help create that distinctive desert look.

Khaki
Hex #C3B091 
RGB 195, 176, 145
CMYK 0, 10, 26, 24

Khaki Grey (RAL)

At first glance, Khaki Grey (RAL) may look more brown than gray. However, Khaki Grey (RAL) is essentially a standard Khaki base that’s been treated with a dark gray undertone in order to create this deeper, muted shade.

Khaki Grey (RAL)
Hex #745E3D
RGB 116, 94, 61
CMYK 0, 19, 47, 55

Khaki Green (RAL)

Similarly, Khaki Green (RAL) comes across as more of a brown than a green, but that’s mostly because the deep green values clash with the underlying tan shade in order to create a dark brown-green overall color.

Khaki Green (RAL)
Hex #6A5A39
RGB 106, 90, 57
CMYK 0, 15, 46, 58

Khaki Light

Khaki Light, on the other hand, veers in the opposite direction by dialing up the yellow values that were already present in a basic Khaki shade in order to create a bright, sunny pale brown shade with strong yellow overtones.

Khaki Light
Hex #F0E68C 
RGB 240, 230, 140
CMYK 0, 4, 42, 6

Khaki Tan

As mentioned previously, most Khaki shades are technically a tan shade, but Khaki Tan dials up the gray-brown-green values that usually set Tan apart in order to create a blend between Dark Tan and a traditional Khaki variation.

Khaki Tan
Hex #A19669 
RGB 161, 150, 105
CMYK 0, 7, 35, 37

Khol

Not to be confused with kohl, Khol is a deep brown-black shade named after the two-sided drum found throughout northern and eastern India that’s often decorated with some variation on this dark, rich shade.

Khol
Hex #5C5542 
RGB 92, 85, 66
CMYK 0, 8, 28, 64

Kidman (CS)

Kidman (CS) is a soft pink shade with a relatively high gray value running beneath the surface. The end result is a cool, muted shade of pink that looks weathered or antique as compared to the brighter appearance of a traditional pink.

Kidman (CS)
Hex #CCB7B9 
RGB 204, 183, 185
CMYK 0, 10, 9, 20

Kidnapper

The name may be grim, but the color Kidnapper is actually a soft, nonthreatening color. With the slightest hint of yellow to add warmth, Kidnapper is a pale, antique shade of off-white with a sunny undertone.

Kidnapper
Hex #E1EAD4 
RGB 225, 234, 212
CMYK 4, 0, 9, 8

Kidnapper Grey (CS)

As compared to the previous entry on this list, Kidnapper Grey (CS) is a little bit more ominous. The gray and green values of standard Kidnapper are increased dramatically in order to get a darker, slightly sinister overall appearance.

Kidnapper Grey (CS)
Hex #BFC0AB 
RGB 191, 192, 171
CMYK 1, 0, 11, 25

Kihada

Named after and inspired by the wood of the Amur cork tree, Kihada is a bright yellow-brown shade with some slight green undertones that further reinforce the color’s “natural” appearance and lend it a sense of youth, growth, and potential.

Kihada
Hex #F3C13A 
RGB 243, 193, 58
CMYK 0, 21, 76, 5

Kikuchiba

The word “kikuchiba” refers to the golden fallen leaves that can be found around the world during the autumn months. As a color, Kikuchiba is a warm shade of orange with some softer brown notes running beneath the surface.

Kikuchiba
Hex #E29C45 
RGB 226, 156, 69
CMYK 0, 31, 69, 11

Kikyō-iro

You may have noticed that a lot of the colors on this list have their roots in nature, and Kikyō-iro is no exception. Inspired by the color of a bellflower blossom, this shade is a deep, rich purple with some brighter red and violet undertones for a hint of warmth.

Kikyō-iro
Hex #5D3F6A 
RGB 93, 63, 106
CMYK 12, 41, 0, 58

Kilamanjaro

Kilamanjaro is an outdated spelling for Mount Kilimanjaro, the largest free-standing mountain above sea level. As a color, Kilamanjaro is a bold, dark shade of brown that almost borders on black.

Kilamanjaro
Hex #240C02 
RGB 36, 12, 2
CMYK 0, 67, 94, 86

Kilamanjaro (CS)

Similarly, Kilamanjaro (CS) draws its inspiration from the same source as the previous entry, creating a deep violet-brown shade that reflects the strength and might of Mount Kilimanjaro. 

Kilamanjaro (CS)
Hex #3A3532 
RGB 58, 53, 50
CMYK 0, 9, 14, 77

Killarney

Another place-name color, Killarney is named after the town in County Kerry, Ireland. Killarney is a warm, rich shade of dark green that reflects the beautiful surroundings of the town in question.

Killarney
Hex #3A6A47 
RGB 58, 106, 71
CMYK 45, 0, 33, 58

Kimberly

Kimberly is a soft purple shade with some strong blue undertones and a muted overall appearance. The end result is a sweet, slightly romantic purple color with just enough blue to lend a sense of wistful nostalgia.

Kimberly
Hex #736C9F 
RGB 115, 108, 159
CMYK 28, 32, 0, 38

Kimirucha

Kimirucha is another color that draws its inspiration from the wood of a particular tree—in this case, the pine trees found around the Yellow Sea between Korea and mainland China. The color itself is a steadfast brown shade with some mild gray-brown undertones.

Kimirucha
Hex #896C39 
RGB 137, 108, 57
CMYK 0, 21, 58, 46

Kina Brown (CS)

A kina is a sea urchin found in the shallow waters around New Zealand. Although their dried exoskeletons typically appear as bleached white seashells, the actual color of these spiny creatures is much closer to this intense shade of dark blackish-brown.

Kina Brown (CS)
Hex #433D38 
RGB 67, 61, 56
CMYK 0, 9, 16, 74

Kincha

Kincha is another name for “golden brown”, so it should come as no surprise that that’s what this color most closely resembles—a simple, no-nonsense shade of brown with some strong gold and red undertones.

Kincha
Hex #C66B27 
RGB 198, 107, 39
CMYK 0, 46, 80, 22

Kingfisher Blue (CS)

Kingfisher Blue (CS) is the first of several colors inspired by the distinctive blue plumage of the kingfisher bird, which makes its home throughout Africa, Asia, Oceania, and even parts of Europe!

Kingfisher Blue (CS)
Hex #596A8B 
RGB 89, 106, 139
CMYK 36, 24, 0, 45

Kingfisher Daisy

Kingfisher Daisy starts with the cool blue Kingfisher base, but it increases the purple and red values in order to create a vivid shade of dark violet with some subtler red hints running beneath the surface.

Kingfisher Daisy
Hex #3E0480 
RGB 62, 4, 128
CMYK 52, 97, 0, 50

Kingfisher Grey (RAL)

Continuing the Kingfisher trend, Kingfisher Grey (RAL) is more in line with the original Kingfisher shade. Kingfisher Grey (RAL) keeps the same light blue undertones, but mutes them considerably for a cooler gray finish.

Kingfisher Grey (RAL)
Hex #7E969F
RGB 126, 150, 159
CMYK 21, 6, 0, 38

Kingfisher Purple (CS)

Kingfisher Purple is still clearly inspired by the feathers of the kingfisher bird, but the strong purple undertones push it out of the realm of natural inspiration and more into a bright, intense color scheme.

Kingfisher Purple (CS)
Hex #583580 
RGB 88, 53, 128
CMYK 31, 59, 0, 50

Kings Golden Yellow (NHL)

The Los Angeles Kings is a professional hockey team based in Los Angeles, California. Today, their official colors are purple, gray, and black, but their “retro” colors include this bright shade of sunny yellow with a strong, brassy red undertone.

Kings Golden Yellow (NHL)
Hex #FFC80C 
RGB 255, 200, 12
CMYK 0, 22, 95, 0

Kings Gray (NBA)

The LA Kings is a hockey team, but the Sacramento Kings is a professional basketball team based in the state capital of California. Kings Gray (NBA) is a straightforward, no-nonsense shade of gray that serves as one of the basketball team’s official colors.

Kings Gray (NBA)
Hex #63727A 
RGB 99, 114, 122
CMYK 19, 7, 0, 52

Kings Purple (NBA)

Kings Purple (NBA) is one of the other official colors of the Sacramento Kings. Cool, intense, and dramatic, Kings Purple (NBA) is a deep shade of purple with strong blue undertones.

Kings Purple (NBA)
Hex #5A2D81 
RGB 90, 45, 129
CMYK 30, 65, 0, 49

Kings Purple (NHL)

The NHL version of Kings Purple refers once again to the hockey team, rather than the basketball team. Kings Purple (NHL) is a darker shade of purple, much like the NBA version, with strong black or key undertones for added intensity.

Kings Purple (NHL)
Hex #572A84 
RGB 87, 42, 132
CMYK 34, 68, 0, 48

Kings Silver (NHL)

Finally, Kings Silver (NHL) is a deep gray shade with some white and blue undertones that help to lend a cool, metallic appearance to one of the official colors of the Los Angeles Kings.

Kings Silver (NHL)
Hex #C4CED4 
RGB 196, 206, 212
CMYK 8, 3, 0, 17

Kinsusutake

Kinsusutake is inspired by the color of dried and weathered golden-gray bamboo. As a shade, the gray values mute out some of the golden notes to create an aged, dignified shade of brown.

Kinsusutake
Hex #7D4E2D 
RGB 125, 78, 45
CMYK 0, 38, 64, 51

Kir Royale Rose (RAL)

A Kir Royal, sometimes spelled Kir Royale, is a French cocktail made of champagne and a sweet, dark red liqueur called crème de cassis. As a color, Kir Royale Rose (RAL) is inspired by the bright, cheerful pink appearance of the drink itself.

Kir Royale Rose (RAL)
Hex #B45877
RGB 180, 88, 119
CMYK 0, 51, 34, 29

Kirchner Green (RAL)

Kirchner Green (RAL) takes its name from a common German surname that originally referred to any individual who worked in a church. Kirchner Green (RAL) retains some of that solemnity and piety with its muted, reserved green-gray appearance.

Kirchner Green (RAL)
Hex #5C6116
RGB 92, 97, 22
CMYK 5, 0, 77, 62

Kiriume

Kiriume is typically considered a standard red-brown shade, but the name literally means “chestnut-plum”. As a result, the strong violet and red undertones to this warm brown shade should come as no surprise.

Kiriume
Hex #8B352D 
RGB 139, 53, 45
CMYK 0, 62, 68, 45

Kitchen Blue (RAL)

Kitchen Blue (RAL) is a soft shade of blue with strong gray undertones. The end result is a cool, sweetly nostalgic shade of blue that wouldn’t look out of place in an open country kitchen!

Kitchen Blue (RAL)
Hex #8AB5BD
RGB 138, 181, 189
CMYK 27, 4, 0, 26

Kitsch (CS)

The German word “kitsch” has been used to describe any art or design element that’s considered crass, banal, gratuitous, or otherwise in bad taste. As a color, however, Kitsch (CS) is a solid shade of dark blue with some slight green undertones.

Kitsch (CS)
Hex #006C7F 
RGB 0, 108, 127
CMYK 100, 15, 0, 50

Kitsune-iro

Kitsune-iro, or “fox-color”, is a warm brown shade with plenty of red undertones running beneath the surface to create that bright, playful red-brown shade that can be seen on foxes around the world.

Kitsune-iro
Hex #985629 
RGB 152, 86, 41
CMYK 0, 43, 73, 40

Kitsurubami

Kitsurubami is inspired by the bark and leaves of the golden oak tree. The stronger brown undertones mute out what would otherwise be a standard gold shade in order to create a deeper, richer overall color.

Kitsurubami
Hex #BB8141 
RGB 187, 129, 65
CMYK 0, 31, 65, 27

Kiwi

The first of several colors with similar names, Kiwi is a cool shade of muted green with some strong yellow undertones. Kiwi is inspired by the fruit of the same name—the flesh of which often bears a similar hue.

Kiwi
Hex #7F9A65 
RGB 127, 154, 101
CMYK 18, 0, 34, 40

Kiwi 2

Kiwi 2 draws its inspiration from the same source, but this second variation increases all of the values for a brighter, sunnier feel. The end result is an aggressively cheerful shade of bright green that borders on neon.

Kiwi 2
Hex #8EE53F 
RGB 142, 229, 63
CMYK 38, 0, 72, 10

Kiwi (CS)

Kiwi (CS) is an outlier among all the Kiwi shades in that this color actually refers to the bird, not the fruit! Kiwi birds are flightless birds about the size of a chicken with a mossy gray-brown plumage that matches this particular shade.

Kiwi (CS)
Hex #6B5A4F 
RGB 107, 90, 79
CMYK 0, 16, 26, 58

Kiwi 2 (CS)

Kiwi 2 (CS) marks a return to trend, as this shade serves as a digital variation on the previous Kiwi colors. Slightly more brown than some of the other shades, Kiwi 2 (CS) nevertheless is instantly recognizable as part of the yellow-green Kiwi family.

Kiwi 2 (CS)
Hex #95B43F 
RGB 149, 180, 63
CMYK 17, 0, 65, 29

Kiwi Green

Kiwi Green, like the previous entry, is a little bit more brown than a “true” Kiwi typically appears. The red-brown undertones help to create a muted, slightly antique overall appearance.

Kiwi Green
Hex #ABBA3B 
RGB 171, 186, 59
CMYK 8, 0, 68, 27

Kiwi Ice Cream Green (RAL)

As compared to most of the other Kiwi variants on this list, Kiwi Ice Cream Green (RAL) is significantly lighter and paler than its peers. Overall, this shade is an extremely light shade of green with some subtle brown undertones.

Kiwi Ice Cream Green (RAL)
Hex #E5E7A7
RGB 229, 231, 167
CMYK 1, 0, 28, 9

Kiwi Sorbet Green (RAL)

Kiwi Sorbet Green (RAL) takes the muted yellow-green appearance of Kiwi Ice Cream Green and tweaks it slightly. Kiwi Sorbet Green (RAL) has a higher blue and lower yellow value, resulting in a cooler overall appearance.

Kiwi Sorbet Green (RAL)
Hex #DEE8BE
RGB 222, 232, 190
CMYK 4, 0, 18, 9

Klimt Green (RAL)

Klimt Green (RAL) is a vibrant, almost jewel-like shade of green with strong blue undertones. As the name might suggest, this shade draws its inspiration from the dazzlingly intense colors favored by the Austrian symbolist painter, Gustav Klimt.

Klimt Green (RAL)
Hex #3FA282
RGB 63, 162, 130
CMYK 61, 0, 20, 36

Knicks Blue (NBA)

The New York Knicks is a professional basketball team from New York City, New York. Although their official colors have varied slightly over the years, the players have almost always worn some variation on this bright, bold shade of royal blue.

Knicks Blue (NBA)
Hex #006BB6 
RGB 0, 107, 182
CMYK 100, 41, 0, 29

Knicks Orange (NBA)

Similarly, Knicks Orange (NBA) has shifted its color slightly over the years. Today, Knicks Orange (NBA) refers to this warm orange shade with strong red undertones and just enough yellow to keep it from sliding too far into red.

Knicks Orange (NBA)
Hex #F58426 
RGB 245, 132, 38
CMYK 0, 46, 84, 4

Knicks Silver (NBA)

As compared to some of the other “silver” entries on this list, Knicks Silver (NBA) is actually more of a gray variant, without the blue or white undertones that typically give silver its metallic glint.

Knicks Silver (NBA)
Hex #BEC0C2 
RGB 190, 192, 194
CMYK 2, 1, 0, 24

Kobe

Kobe is a major city in Japan that serves as the point of origin of Kobe beef. Famous worldwide for its tenderness and flavor, Kobe beef serves as the inspiration behind this dark, rich shade of deep brownish red.

Kobe
Hex #882D17 
RGB 136, 45, 23
CMYK 0, 67, 83, 47

Kobi

As a name, “kobi” is typically used to refer to a deep red violet shade. For this list, however, Kobi is the name of this soft pink shade—even if the shade does have enough blue and red undertones to technically qualify as a red violet!

Kobi
Hex #E79FC4 
RGB 231, 159, 196
CMYK 0, 31, 15, 9

Kogecha

Literally “scorched brown”, this color is inspired by the color of ashes or of burnt-out wood. As a shade, Kogecha is an extremely dark shade of brown with some strong black and red undertones that help to lend a sense of heat or fire.

Kogecha
Hex #351F19 
RGB 53, 31, 25
CMYK 0, 42, 53, 79

Kohaku-iro

Kohaku-iro is an Amber variant that’s inspired by the fossilized gemstone of the same name. The shade itself is a warm reddish brown with strong yellow undertones that help to capture the natural beauty and translucence of an amber stone.

Kohaku-iro
Hex #CA6924 
RGB 202, 105, 36
CMYK 0, 48, 82, 21

Kohl

Kohl is an ancient cosmetic product made of powdered antimonite or stibnite and typically painted over the eyes. As a color, Kohl captures some of the rich intensity and dark glamour that the cosmetic typically provides.

Kohl
Hex #172228 
RGB 23, 34, 40
CMYK 42, 15, 0, 84

Kohl Dust

Kohl Dust is a little bit lighter than “true” Kohl, with a slightly metallic finish to reflect the cosmetic’s powdery roots. The end result is a deep shade of blue-black gray that still carries some of the visual impact of traditional Kohl.

Kohl Dust
Hex #4A4A4B 
RGB 74, 74, 75
CMYK 1, 1, 0, 71

Kohlrabi Green (RAL)

Sometimes referred to as the “German turnip”, kohlrabi is closely related to broccoli, cauliflower, and cabbage. As a color, Kohlrabi Green (RAL) shares the same pale, yellow-green appearance as the plant that gives it its name.

Kohlrabi Green (RAL)
Hex #D9D9B1
RGB 217, 217, 177
CMYK 0, 0, 18, 15

Koke-iro

Koke-iro draws its inspiration from the thick moss that grows in damp or moist places. The color itself is a cool shade of dark greenish-brown with some subtle yellow undertones.

Koke-iro
Hex #8B7D3A 
RGB 139, 125, 58
CMYK 0, 10, 58, 45

Kokiake

Kokiake is usually translated as “deep scarlet”, and the color certainly delivers on the promise of that name! Despite being dark enough to pass for a deep brown shade, Kokiake still has plenty of dark red undertones to keep it solidly in the scarlet family.

Kokiake
Hex #7B3B3A
RGB 123, 59, 58
CMYK 0, 52, 53, 52

Kokikuchinashi

When most of us picture gardenia blossoms, we tend to think of white flowers, but Kokikuchinashi is inspired by—and named after—the rarer orange-yellow variants. As a color, Kokikuchinashi is a warm shade of orange with bright yellow undertones.

Kokikuchinashi
Hex #F57F4F 
RGB 245, 127, 79
CMYK 0, 48, 68, 4

Kokimurasaki

Kokimurasaki is a deep purple variant that could almost pass for black in the right lighting. Its intensity is only increased by the equally deep blue and red undertones that push the darkness even further.

Kokimurasaki
Hex #3A243B 
RGB 58, 36, 59
CMYK 2, 39, 0, 77

Kokoda

Kokoda is a stately shade of muted brown with strong green undertones. The overall appearance is a cool, reserved brown with some hints of gray for a more weathered feel.

Kokoda
Hex #6E6D57 
RGB 110, 109, 87
CMYK 0, 1, 21, 57

Kokushoku

Kokushoku is one of the few colors on this list that’s technically classified as a shade of black. Despite some slight touches of red and yellow throughout, this shade is mostly a straightforward, unmistakable variation on a classic black.

Kokushoku
Hex #171412 
RGB 23, 20, 18
CMYK 0, 13, 22, 91

Kolibri Blue (RAL)

Kolibri is the German word for “hummingbird”, so it should come as no surprise that Kolibri Blue (RAL) is directly inspired by the iridescent plumage of that tiny bird. As a color, Kolibri Blue (RAL) is a bold shade of dark blue with some brighter violet and red undertones.

Kolibri Blue (RAL)
Hex #00477A 
RGB 0, 71, 122
CMYK 100, 42, 0, 52

Kombu Green

Kombu Green is actually a variation on Chartreuse, but it’s much deeper than you would expect, given the color’s origins. Rather than a light, yellow-green Chartreuse shade, Kombu Green is an extremely deep shade of green with brown-black undertones.

Kombu Green
Hex #354230 
RGB 53, 66, 48
CMYK 20, 0, 27, 74

Kon

Probably the shortest name on this entire list, Kon isn’t nearly as straightforward as the name might have you believe. Instead, Kon is a deep shade of dark blue with some extremely subtle red undertones to create an inky purple-blue shade that borders on black.

Kon
Hex #192236 
RGB 25, 34, 54
CMYK 54, 37, 0, 79

Konjō-iro

Konjō-iro is another name for Parisian Blue, Berlin Blue, or, most famously, Prussian Blue. No matter what you call it, this is a dark blue shade with strong metallic undertones due to the pigment’s unique chemical composition.

Konjō-iro
Hex #003171 
RGB 0, 49, 113
CMYK 100, 57, 0, 56

Konkikyō

The third deep blue shade in a row, Konkikyō is a navy blue variant that draws its inspiration from a relatively rare bellflower strain. While bellflowers typically have lighter blossoms, they can occasionally be found with this deep, purple-blue appearance.

Konkikyō
Hex #191F45 
RGB 25, 31, 69
CMYK 64, 55, 0, 73

Korean Mint (RAL)

Korean Mint (RAL) is a surprisingly dark shade of green, especially as compared to what we typically picture as a Mint shade. Despite its dark appearance, Korean Mint (RAL) still has enough yellow and white undertones to soften the overall shade and lend it a lighter hue.

Korean Mint (RAL)
Hex #5D7D61
RGB 93, 125, 97
CMYK 26, 0, 22, 51

Korma

Korma is a South Asian dish made of meat, vegetables, and yogurt in a thick gravy. As a color, Korma captures some of the savory richness and layered spice of the dish in order to create a warm, luxurious shade of reddish brown.

Korma
Hex #8F4B0E 
RGB 143, 75, 14
CMYK 0, 48, 90, 44

Koromiko

Koromiko continues the warm color trend with a bright, sunshine-y overall appearance. The shade is tempered slightly by some milder orange undertones, but the end result is still a cheerful shade of bright golden yellow.

Koromiko
Hex #FFBD5F 
RGB 255, 189, 95
CMYK 0, 26, 63, 0

Kournikova

Kournikova is a bright shade of yellow with some subtle red undertones to create a warm, golden finish.

Kournikova
Hex #FFE772 
RGB 255, 231, 114
CMYK 0, 9, 55, 0

Kowhai (CS)

Kowhai, also spelled Kōwhai, is technically the name of a small woody tree found in New Zealand, but is also used to refer to the color yellow, due to the yellow blossoms of the tree. As a color, Kowhai (CS) is a bright, almost buttery shade of brown with strong yellow undertones.

Kowhai (CS)
Hex #C0934A 
RGB 192, 147, 74
CMYK 0, 23, 61, 25

Koyuki Brown

Koyuki Brown is a bold, dark brown shade with some subtle red undertones to elevate the overall color and keep it from scanning as too dark.

Koyuki Brown
Hex #50270B 
RGB 80, 39, 11
CMYK 0, 51, 86, 69

Krakatoa (CS)

The caldera known as Krakatoa today is actually only the remains of the massive volcano that used to share the same name. Krakatoa (CS) captures some of the heat and energy of the original volcano with its strong red and orange undertones.

Krakatoa (CS)
Hex #9D523B 
RGB 157, 82, 59
CMYK 0, 48, 62, 38

Kraken Boundless Blue (NHL)

The last of the various sports teams mentioned on this list, the Seattle Kraken is a professional hockey team based in Seattle, Washington. Most of their official colors tie into their ocean theme, and Kraken Boundless Blue (NHL) is the first example—a deep shade of dark blue-gray inspired by the vast expanse of the open ocean.

Kraken Boundless Blue (NHL)
Hex #355464 
RGB 53, 84, 100
CMYK 47, 16, 0, 61

Kraken Deep Sea Blue (NHL)

Kraken Deep Sea Blue (NHL) pushes the darkness even further as a nod to the inky hue of the deep ocean. The end result is a blue that borders on black in an imitation of the furthest depths of the sea.

Kraken Deep Sea Blue (NHL)
Hex #001628 
RGB 0, 22, 40
CMYK 100, 45, 0, 84

Kraken Ice Blue (NHL)

Kraken Ice Blue (NHL), on the other hand, is far lighter—inspired by the cool, crisp blue-green of a massive iceberg.

Kraken Ice Blue (NHL)
Hex #99D9D9 
RGB 153, 217, 217
CMYK 29, 0, 0, 15

Kraken Red Alert (NHL)

The only “warm” color in the Kraken’s repertoire, Kraken Red Alert (NHL) is a bold, dramatic red shade with some brighter orange undertones to help push the urgency and intensity even further.

Kraken Red Alert (NHL)
Hex #E9072B 
RGB 233, 7, 43
CMYK 0, 97, 82, 9

Kraken Shadow Blue (NHL)

Returning to the ocean water, Kraken Shadow Blue is inspired by the interplay of light and shadow on the ocean surface. The color itself is a muted gray blue with only the slightest hint of green below the surface.

Kraken Shadow Blue (NHL)
Hex #68A2B9 
RGB 104, 162, 185
CMYK 44, 12, 0, 27

Kremlin Red (RAL)

The last of our RAL colors, Kremlin Red (RAL) is a dark red shade with strong brown and gray undertones. While the Red Square overlooked by the Kremlin in Russia isn’t actually red, Russia as a country has long been associated with red and dark red variant shades.

Kremlin Red (RAL)
Hex #633639
RGB 99, 54, 57
CMYK 0, 45, 42, 61

KSU Purple

KSU Purple is one of the official colors of Kansas State University, in the state of the same name. As a color, KSU is a bold, dark purple shade with strong blue undertones for added strength and impact.

KSU Purple
Hex #512888 
RGB 81, 40, 136
CMYK 40, 71, 0, 47

KU Crimson

Not to be confused with Kansas State University, Kansas University typically uses this bright red shade as one of its official colors. KU Crimson is a brash, energetic and almost dizzyingly vibrant shade of orange-red.

KU Crimson
Hex #E8000D 
RGB 232, 0, 13
CMYK 0, 100, 94, 9

Kubrick (CS)

Kubrick is a strict, no-nonsense shade of dark gray with some warm red undertones to slightly lighten the mood and keep the finished shade from scanning as a simple monochromatic color.

Kubrick (CS)
Hex #8E7471 
RGB 142, 116, 113
CMYK 0, 18, 20, 44

Kuchiba-iro

Kuchiba-iro draws its name and inspiration from a very specific source, as the name is typically used to refer to fallen leaves that have started to decay. As a color, Kuchiba-iro is a warm brown shade with hints of red and gray beneath the surface.

Kuchiba-iro
Hex #D57835 
RGB 213, 120, 53
CMYK 0, 44, 75, 16

Kuchinashi

Kuchinashi, especially as compared to the previous entry, is a much softer, gentler shade of orange-brown. Inspired by the cape jasmine or gardenia plant, this sweetly romantic gold-yellow shade draws upon the rarer yellow blooms of that flower.

Kuchinashi
Hex #FFB95A 
RGB 255, 185, 90
CMYK 0, 27, 65, 0

Kumera

Kumera is one of several names for the root vegetable commonly known as a sweet potato. As a color, Kumera is clearly inspired by the skin of that vegetable, with a warm brown overall appearance tempered with yellow-orange undertones.

Kumera
Hex #886221 
RGB 136, 98, 33
CMYK 0, 28, 76, 47

Kurikawacha

Kurikawacha is another relatively specific name—in this case, referring to leather that’s been dyed with a chestnut dye. The end result is a deep shade of dark brown with bold red undertones.

Kurikawacha
Hex #60281E 
RGB 96, 40, 30
CMYK 0, 58, 69, 62

Kurobeni

Although Kurobeni is typically translated as a dark red shade, this color passes for a solid black at first glance. Nevertheless, Kurobeni has just enough of a red or violet undertone to keep it from tipping all the way into black’s absence of color.

Kurobeni
Hex #23191E 
RGB 35, 25, 30
CMYK 0, 29, 14, 86

Kurotobi

Unlike some of the flower or plant-themed names on this list, Kurotobi draws its inspiration from a specific group of birds. The black kite, which gives this color its name, typically has plumage in this same dark red-black color.

Kurotobi
Hex #351E1C 
RGB 53, 30, 28
CMYK 0, 43, 47, 79

Kurotsurubami

Kurotsurubami is an incredibly dark shade of purple-violet with strong red undertones. Named for the cured wood of the black chestnut tree, Kurotsurubami is a rich shade with plenty of heat and intensity.

Kurotsurubami
Hex #252321 
RGB 37, 35, 33
CMYK 0, 5, 11, 85

Kurumizome

Earlier on this list, we saw an example of a chestnut dye color, so now it’s time for a walnut dye! Kurumizome is a stately brown shade with some cool gray undertones that draws inspiration from the dye of the same name.

Kurumizome
Hex #9F7462 
RGB 159, 116, 98
CMYK 0, 27, 38, 38

Kuwazome

Kuwazome is actually the first of two colors with the same name—and the same inspiration! Kuwazome means “mulberry-dyed”, and this bright red-brown color is derived from some of the warmer pigments produced during traditional Japanese cloth production.

Kuwazome
Hex #C57F2E 
RGB 197, 127, 46
CMYK 0, 36, 77, 23

Kuwazome 2

Kuwazome 2, on the other hand, is a much darker variant on the same deep red-brown color. This specific shade was typically produced from a different mulberry strain or following multiple dye treatments.

Kuwazome 2
Hex #59292C 
RGB 89, 41, 44
CMYK 0, 54, 51, 65

Kwila (CS)

Kwila is one of several regional names used to refer to a tall flowering tree that grows throughout the Indo-Pacific. Kwila (CS) is a deep brown shade with subtle purple-red undertones that references the wood of that same tree.

Kwila (CS)
Hex #6D332A 
RGB 109, 51, 42
CMYK 0, 53, 61, 57

Kyara-iro

Finally, Kyara-iro is our last tree-inspired name on this list. Kyara-iro takes its name and appearance from the deep, rich brown-red color of the Aloeswood tree. The end result is a strong, bold brown with warm red undertones.

Kyara-iro
Hex #6A432D 
RGB 106, 67, 45
CMYK 0, 37, 58, 58