Yellow is a warm, inviting color. It is one of the three primary colors, and it is a necessary component to create many other colors. Third in the sequence of seven hues that together makes a rainbow, also known as ROYGBIV (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet), shades of yellow color are thought to encourage positivity, creativity and spontaneity.
Hundreds of yellow shades are present in nature, from fruit and flowers to gemstones and minerals. It is the color of warm sunshine on a spring morning and many of our favorite flowers, like buttercups, tulips, goldenrod and yellow roses. Common fruits of this color are bananas, lemons, yellow apples and pineapples. Everywhere you look, you will see yellow, whether in bright tones of sunshine and neon yellow or muted shades of lemon chiffon and flax.
Here is a list of some of the many varieties that yellow can take. Color names and HTML, Hex, RGB codes are included, so you can incorporate them in your next website or graphic design.
Sunshine yellow is a bright, medium shade of yellow named after the light from the sun. It is often thought of as a cheerful, warm color.
RGB 255, 253, 55
Canary yellow is a bright shade of yellow, somewhat lighter in tone than the standard bright yellow. It is named after the bright plumage of the canary bird.
RGB 255, 239, 0
Lemon yellow is a light to medium shade of yellow similar in shade to the color of the rind of a lemon fruit.
RGB 253, 255, 0
Goldenrod is a deep, earthy, warm yellow that is named after the wildflower of the same name. It is similar in shade to mustard.
RGB 218, 165, 32
Saffron is a medium golden yellow to yellowish-orange hue similar in shade to the flowers of the saffron plant.
RGB 244, 196, 48
Citrine is a golden yellow shade with an almost chemical-like hint of green. It has similarities to the warm tones of goldenrod and the bright tones of lemon.
RGB 228, 208, 10
Trombone is a brassy, dull gold or yellowish brown shade reminiscent of the color of the metal a trombone is made from.
RGB 210, 181, 91
Light yellow is a pale, but not quite pastel, shade of yellow. It has the warmth of the color called banana, but with more saturation.
RGB 255, 255, 224
Lemon chiffon is a light, airy yellow shade slightly warmer in tone than light yellow. It is reminiscent of the color of lemon chiffon cake or that of spun sugar.
RGB 255, 250, 205
Flax is a dull, muted earthy yellow with similarities to tan and ecru. It is named after the dried stems of the flax plant, and it is often used to refer to hair of a light golden color.
RGB 238, 220, 130
Light goldenrod is a very pale version of the goldenrod shade, but with a more pinkish undertone. It can be compared to a pale ecru.
RGB 250, 250, 210
Pale goldenrod differs from light goldenrod in that it has a more brownish or green undertone. As with light goldenrod, it is very pale in comparison to the goldenrod flower.
RGB 238, 232, 170
Light khaki or khaki tan is a brownish beige yellow that is often used to describe the color and style of a particular type of trousers.
RGB 240, 230, 140
Clover lime is a light, buttery yellow shade that was created by the Crayola crayon company in 1903.
RGB 252, 232, 131
Xanthic is a bright, acidic yellow with slight brown undertones. It is named after the acidic compounds Xanthine and Xanthate.
RGB 238, 237, 9
First referred to in the English language by this name in 1548, this color was once used to describe the clothing of Chinese royalty. It is a warm and light, somewhat golden brown shade of yellow.
RGB 250, 218, 94
Cream refers to a yellow shade that is pale but warm, somewhat like the color of butter but closer to an off-white. It is a little more yellow than the color of actual dairy cream.
RGB 255, 255, 204
Gold refers to a warm, brownish or orangey shade of yellow named after the mineral element gold.
RGB 255, 215, 0
Safety yellow refers to the shade of yellow seen on warning signs, hazard signs and school busses. The shade was chosen because it is said to be one of the most noticeable colors the human mind detects rapidly. It is a dark golden or mustard type shade.
RGB 238, 210, 2
Laguna is a warm, creamy medium shade of yellow with similar tones to banana, but darker in hue.
RGB 248, 228, 115
Hunyadi yellow is a deep golden brown yellow named after John Hunyadi, a 15th century Hungarian military officer. This yellow shade is found in the Hunyadi family coat of arms.
RGB 232, 172, 65
Bright yellow is a vibrant, nearly neon shade of medium yellow. It is similar in shade to buttercup flowers.
RGB 255, 253, 1
Greenish yellow is a light shade of yellow with brownish green to tan undertones. This color can be found on the 20 rupee denomination of Indian banknotes.
RGB 238, 234, 98
Neon yellow is a bright yellow shade that can be compared to the color of a yellow highlighter. Sometimes it has a slightly greenish tint.
RGB 207, 255, 4
Dark yellow refers to a golden to brownish yellow shade that is darker in hue than mustard but brighter than gold.
RGB 213, 182, 10
Sand is a light tannish yellow shade that resembles the color of sand on a beach. It can be compared to a warm ecru or a brownish shade of pale yellow.
RGB 226, 202, 118
Sunflower is a warm medium to dark yellow shade that is similar in color to the petals of the sunflower.
RGB 255, 218, 3
Bumblebee is a warm, somewhat golden shade of medium yellow. This color is named after the yellow found on the bumblebee insect’s body.
RGB 252, 226, 5
Butter is a term used to describe a pale shade of yellow that strongly resembles the shade of the dairy product butter.
RGB 255, 253, 116
Yellow tan is light tannish yellow shade that is somewhat paler in hue than sand but darker than butter.
RGB 255, 227, 110
Cyber yellow refers to a shade of medium to dark yellow that is used for warning and hazard signs. It is similar in color to safety yellow.
RGB 255, 211, 0
Banana, as the name suggests, is a pale to medium shade of yellow similar in color to the peel of the banana fruit.
RGB 255, 225, 53
Tuscany refers to a warm, medium shade of yellow that is similar in hue to honey, but slightly lighter. It can also be compared to a light goldenrod.
RGB 252, 209, 42
Honey refers to a shade of warm, golden to medium yellow. This color gets its name from the honey syrup created by bees, but the color is more yellow in hue than natural honey.
RGB 255, 195, 11
Dijon is a shade of dark brownish yellow that resembles Dijon mustard. It is darker in hue than mustard and has somewhat greenish undertones.
RGB 196, 145, 2
Amber refers to a shade of warm, golden brown to orangey yellow that gets its name from the fossilized tree resin of the same name.
RGB 255, 191, 0
Beige is a light brownish shade of yellow that can be compared to pale sand. It is also similar in color to parchment.
RGB 245, 245, 220
Mustard is a medium to dark shade of yellow similar in hue to the condiment of the same name, although it is usually depicted as slightly lighter in tone than actual mustard.
RGB 254, 220, 86
Maximum yellow is a medium shade of bright yellow created by the Crayola company. It is very similar to bright yellow.
RGB 250, 250, 55
Mellow yellow refers to a light, buttery yellow with a somewhat tan hue. It is similar in color to royal yellow and laguna.
RGB 248, 222, 126
Unmellow yellow is a bright, nearly florescent yellow shade created by the Crayola crayon company. It is brighter in tone than lemon yellow. Crayola has another color called laser lemon which is identical to this one.
RGB 255, 255, 102
Lemon curry is a dark brownish yellow created by the Pantone Textile Paper company. It is similar in color to some curry sauces used in Indian cuisine.
RGB 204, 160, 29
Moccasin is a light peachy yellow shade that can be compared to papaya whip or peach but with more of a tan undertone.
RGB 255, 228, 181
Orange yellow refers to a shade of dark yellow that borders on orange. Most people would probably say orange if asked to describe this color.
RGB 255, 173, 1
Pastel yellow is a very light shade of yellow. It is often used for gender-neutral baby gifts and nursery décor. It can be compared to a slightly lighter shade of butter.
RGB 255, 254, 113
Shades of Yellow Color
There you have it, our list of 45 yellow shades. Find your favorite one and include it in your next design. If you are looking for some colors that match these, be sure to check out shades of different colors in our design section.