Did you know that the color black has several different shade variations beyond just gray? Let’s take a look at some shades of black with their names listed as well as their Hex, RGB, and CMYK codes for easy reference, so you know how to find the colors and use them in your website or graphic design.
Abbey refers to a color that is warm gray with brownish tints as it is a mixture of both half gray and half brown.
RGB 73, 79, 85
CMYK 14, 7, 0, 67
Ash gray is a shade on the lighter spectrum of black that is said to resemble that of ashes, although it may sometimes contain darker black or brown tones.
RGB 102, 99, 98
CMYK 0, 3, 4, 60
Asphalt refers to a color that is a blend of darker gray and black, and this name comes from asphalt, the black sticky liquid used in roads and walkways.
RGB 12, 4, 4
CMYK 0, 67, 67, 95
Black is a color with the perception that is the absence of the light that stimulates the three color-sensitive cone cells in our eyes, and it is the darkest color you can have.
RGB 0, 0, 0
CMYK 0, 0, 0, 100
Black bean is a color that is a mixture of dark brown and black, and it gets its name from black beans, also known as black turtle beans.
RGB 61, 12, 2
CMYK 0, 80, 97, 76
Black cat color derives its name from the feline pet and also its similar color tone of medium black hue with brown tones.
RGB 65, 56, 57
CMYK 0, 14, 12, 75
Black cow receives its name from black colored cattle, and the dark tone of the color features some brownish tints.
RGB 76, 70, 70
CMYK 0, 8, 8, 70
Black eel color resembles the body of the American eel, and it is more dark gray in tone.
RGB 70, 62, 63
CMYK 0, 11, 10, 73
Black olive is a color that stands for the color of black olives, and in the RAL color matching system, it’s simply referred to as “olive”.
RGB 59, 60, 54
CMYK 2, 0, 10, 76
Charcoal color represents that of the dark gray color that comes from burnt wood, otherwise known as common charcoal used for starting fires for warmth, cooking, etc.
RGB 54, 69, 79
CMYK 32, 13, 0, 69
Charleston green color refers to a black color mixed with blue and yellow that originated back during the American Civil War times with its name-sake deriving from Charleston, South Carolina.
RGB 35, 43, 43
CMYK 19, 0, 0, 83
Dark Jungle Green
Dark jungle green is much like a darker version of the jungle green tone that resembles a lush forest setting, yet the color contains far more traces of black than anything else.
Dark jungle green
RGB 26, 36, 33
CMYK 28, 0, 8, 86
Davy’s gray is a color named after the English landscape painter Henry Davy, and it came to be through the combination of carbon black, slate, and iron oxide.
RGB 85, 85, 85
CMYK 0, 0, 0, 67
Dim gray color is simply known as a darker version of gray.
RGB 105, 105, 105
CMYK 0, 0, 0, 59
Ebony color gets its name from the ebony tree, which is a black/brown hardwood.
RGB 85, 93, 80
CMYK 9, 0, 14, 64
Eerie black color comes from a specialty box of Crayola crayons with its influence coming from a spooky, Halloween setting.
RGB 27, 27, 27
CMYK 0, 0, 0, 89
Granite color gets its name from a common type of rock, the gray version, used in home décor for countertops.
RGB 103, 103, 103
CMYK 0, 0, 0, 60
Gray color sits comfortably between both black and white, and because of this, it is known as a more neutral color.
RGB 128, 128, 128
CMYK 0, 0, 0, 50
Gray cloud is a color that’s a touch lighter than gray, and it largely symbolizes darker, storm-like clouds in the sky.
RGB 182, 182, 180
CMYK 0, 0, 1, 29
Gray wolf color refers to one of the many color tones of the fur of gray wolves, and this color tends to consist of some brownish and gray hues.
RGB 80, 74, 75
CMYK 0, 7, 6, 69
Gunmetal is a dark gray color that has tints of purples or blues, and it gets its name from gunmetal, a type of bronze alloy material.
RGB 44, 53, 57
CMYK 23, 7, 0, 78
Iridium is a color that’s named from the metallic element iridium, and it is typically a very dark gray tone.
RGB 61, 60, 58
CMYK 0, 2, 5, 76
Jet is a color that gets its name from the mineraloid gemstone known as jet, and it’s typically a dark black shade that has undertones of blue, purple, or a combination of the two.
RGB 52, 52, 52
CMYK 0, 0, 0, 80
Licorice is a color that’s slightly light black in hue, and it receives its name and color tone from licorice candy.
RGB 26, 17, 16
CMYK 0, 35, 38, 90
Midnight is one of many types of colors bearing the name, but in this case, it can resemble that of a dark midnight sky with undertones of brown.
RGB 43, 27, 23
CMYK 0, 37, 47, 83
Night is a color that takes its name from the darkness of night, and it’s almost as dark as black itself.
RGB 12, 9, 10
CMYK 0, 25, 17, 95
Oil is a color tone that closely resembles the dark brown/black tone of oil itself.
RGB 59, 49, 49
CMYK 0, 17, 17, 77
Old burgundy is a darker color of burgundy, so it contains some red undertones with predominately black overlays.
RGB 67, 48, 46
CMYK 0, 28, 31, 74
Onyx is a color that derives its name from the mineral onyx, and the shade of it is slightly dark black.
RGB 53, 56, 57
CMYK 7, 2, 0, 78
Outer space is a shade that can act as a metaphor to the vast darkness of space.
RGB 65, 74, 76
CMYK 14, 3, 0, 70
Raisin black is a color that receives its name from black raisins thanks to their darker color tone.
RGB 36, 33, 36
CMYK 0, 8, 0, 86
Smoky black is a color that takes its name from the color of black smoke, yet it looks only a couple shades lighter than true black.
RGB 16, 12, 8
CMYK 0, 25, 50, 94
Taupe is a color that stems from dark gray-brown, and this is oftentimes referred to as a “dark taupe” as well.
RGB 72, 60, 50
CMYK 0, 17, 31, 72
Vampire gray is a color between gray and black. It tends to be used in Halloween themed works of art because of its name.
RGB 86, 80, 81
CMYK 0, 7, 6, 66
Shades of Black Color
Although black itself is often known to lack any real colors, there are many ways you can transform it so that you have dozens upon dozens of shades of black to play around with.
These colors can also be found in nature. Here’s a visual list of things that are black.