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Shades of Yellow: A List With Color Names and HEX Codes

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How Many Hues (Tones, Tints, …) of Yellow can You Name?

We’ll start with one hundred shades of yellow, all presented visually (images may vary according to each screen settings), with corresponding HEX and RGB codes. Yet this is only a beginning. We’ll add more until we reach several hundred known and named yellow hues, still with all HTML values, just like we did with colors blue and red.

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Yellow by Definition / Standard:

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As you can already see, sometimes it’s hard to see a difference but sometimes yellow is not always as yellow as it could be. By physical definition, it’s a color of light in the visible spectrum lying between orange and green. Its wavelength is approximately 570 to 585 nanometers. CMYK values of yellow is defined by (0, 0, 100, 0) and HSV (60%, 100%, 100%), depending on the used color model. If it’s a primary color, it can’t be made of other colors, if it’s a secondary color, it’s a mixture of cyan, magenta and – yellow what makes it the only color present in both basic (and most popular) models.

You can imagine everybody and his grandmother tried to define such important color by his or her standards. Here are a few examples:

Yellow by Definition / Standard:

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#FFF00 (255,255,0) Yellow (aka Electric Yellow aka X 11 Yellow aka Color Wheel Yellow)

#F6C700 (246, 199, 0) Safety Yellow (USA)

#EEED09 (238, 237, 9) Xanthic

#FFEF00 (255, 239, 0) CMYK Yellow aka Canary Yellow aka Process Yellow

#FFD300 (255, 211, 0) NCS Yellow aka (Psychological Primary Yellow)

As you can already see, sometimes it’s hard to see a difference but sometimes yellow is not always as yellow as it could be.

By physical definition, it’s a color of light in the visible spectrum lying between orange and green. Its wavelength is approximately 570 to 585 nanometers.

CMYK values of yellow is defined by (0, 0, 100, 0) and HSV (60%, 100%, 100%), depending on the used color model. If it’s a primary color, it can’t be made of other colors, if it’s a secondary color, it’s a mixture of cyan, magenta and – yellow what makes it the only color present in both basic (and most popular) models.

You can imagine everybody and his grandmother tried to define such important color by his or her standards. Here are a few examples:

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#EFCC00 (239, 204, 0) Munsell Yellow

#FEDF00 (254, 223, 0) Pantone Yellow

#FCE883 (252, 232, 131) Crayola Yellow

#EDC001 (237,192,1) British Standard BS 4800 10 E 51 Yellow

#FFFF14 (255, 255, 20) XKCD Yellow

We won’t use the fourth value (for black or white) because it’s easy to make many different tints of yellow from red green and blue only. Here are two sets, one for light and one for dark hues:

Codes for Light and Dark Yellow Colors

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#FFFFE0 (255,255,224) Light Yellow

#FFFFCC (255,255,204) Light Yellow 1

#FFFF99 (255,255,153) Light Yellow 2

#FFFF66 (255,255,102) Light Yellow 3

#FFFF33 (255,255,51) Light Yellow 4

While light yellow shades all look, well, yellowish, we can hardly recognize the same color in its darker tones. The next five colors are all formally yellow, but they definitely look very greenish and brownish to most observers.

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#9B870C (155, 135, 12) Dark Yellow

#CCCC00 (204,204,0) Dark Yellow 1

#999900 (153,153,0) Dark Yellow 2

#666600 (102,102,0) Dark Yellow 3

#333300 (51,51,0) Dark yellow 4

Yet this is only a beginning at naming. So lively color can’t be described only by simple pronouns as light or dark or with some standardized numbers. For this reason, we’ll continue to present more and more poetic names, each one of them with corresponding color and hexadecimal code used in computer design.

Names of Yellow Colors by Characteristics

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#FCBE11 (252, 190, 17) Bold Yellow

#FFEA17 (255, 234, 23) Bright Yellow

#F5B700 (245, 183, 0) Clear Yellow

#F4B800 (244, 184, 0) Classic Yellow

#FFE302 (255, 227, 2) Vivid Yellow

Nature proved to be a huge inspiration for the yellow color, very likely the most optimistic of all colors in the rainbow. We can find many yellow flowers and other plants, yellow is popular in the animal kingdom, there are yellow minerals, it found its way in the world of branding and technology.

For each group, we’ll present at least one set of five shades of yellow, sometimes closely related by their names, sometimes by their manufacturer, and sometimes without any obvious reason, but always trying to stay true to some logic in naming and grouping this popular color.

Flowers

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#FFB95A (255, 185, 90) Cape Jasmine or Gardenia (Kuchinashi)

#FFE078 (255, 224, 120) Summer Daffodil

#F8D86E (248, 216, 110) Forsythia Blossom

#FDC537 (253, 197, 55) Golden Marguerite

#FCC200 (252, 194, 0) Golden Poppy

As you may expect, this is just a beginning.

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#F4CA16 (244, 202, 22) Jonquil

#FCB810 (252, 184, 16) Marygold

#FFB61B (255, 182, 27) Meadow Daisy

#FFF4BC (255, 244, 188) Mimosa

#D9B611 (217, 182, 17) Patrinia Flowers

Some flowers are of course more popular than others, so you can expect to find several variations of the same name for different yellow colors what is especially useful when we are dealing with paints for our cars, walls, fences, …

Commercial Paints Named after Yellow Flowers

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#FFE8CC (255, 232, 204) Gerbera Daisy (Benjamin Moore)

#FDB702 (253, 183, 2) Blooming Marigold (Dutch Boy) aka Goldfinch (Sherwin-Williams)

#F2ECCA (242, 236, 202) Narcissus (Sherwin-Williams)

#FFE89C (255, 232, 156) Pale Cowslip 3 (Laura Ashley)

#D8AD39 (216, 173, 57) Yarrow (Glidden, PPG Pitsburgh Paints)

Just a quick note: Laura Ashley made a whole series of yellow paints (six of each) named Cowslip or Pale Cowslip, followed by a number. At the moment only one of them (Pale Cowslip 3) found its way on our list because most of others better fit to orange, brown or white families. Maybe we’ll add them later.

Paints Inspired by Daisies

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#E4C457 (228, 196, 87) Daisy (AMC)

#F8DC75 (248, 220, 117) Daisy Yellow (AMC)

#FAEAB7 (250, 234, 183) Daisy Yellow (Devoe Paint)

#F6EABD (246, 234, 189) Daisy Yellow (CIL)

#FFC500 (255, 197, 0) Yellow Daisy (Bristol, Taubman)

Five Hues of Goldenrod Color

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#B8860B RGB (184, 134, 11) Dark Golderod #DAA520 RGB (218, 165, 32) Goldenrod #FCD667 RGB (252, 214, 103) Goldenrod (Crayola) #FAFAD2 RGB (250, 250, 210) Light Goldenrod #EEE8AA RGB (238, 232, 170) Pale Goldenrod

Paints on the Market Inspired by Tulips

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Hexadecimal Codes of Colors Named after Yellow Fruit

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#FFE135 (255, 225, 53) Banana Yellow

#BFFF00 (191, 255, 0) Bitter Lime

#FCFFA4 (252, 255, 164) Calamansi

#FED754 (254, 215, 84) Cantaloupe Smile (Valspar Paint)

#E1BD27 (225, 189, 39) Durian Yellow

You can almost see the fruit, right? As you noticed orange and green subtones are present in this family of yellow colors and paints as well.

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#F5E79F (245, 231, 159) Grapefruit (Earthpaint)

#D8C75F (216, 199, 95) Lanzones

#FFCC00 (255, 204, 0) Tangerine Yellow

#FDBE02 (253, 190, 2) Mango

#FFF0C5 (255, 240, 197) Pale Peach

Pale Peach is another popular color with literally dozens of variations which are mainly light shades of yellowish pink. On this list, we present only one of them. But we’ll check a whole set of colors named after lemon.

Set of Lemon Yellow Collors

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#CAE00D RGB 202, 224, 13) Bitter Lemon

#F1BF42 Dark Lemon

#F5C71A (245, 199, 26) Deep Lemon

#F2B425 Lemon (BS)

#E8B524 Lemon Yellow

Five Shades of Pineapple Yellow Paints

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#EFCC44 (239, 204, 68) Crushed Pinepple (Glidden, PPG Pittsburgh Paints)

#F3D64F (243, 214, 79) Fresh Pineapple (Dunn-Edwards)

#E6AE25 (230, 174, 37) Geely Pineapple Yellow Solid

#F9DE91 (249, 222, 145) Pineapple Delight (Taubmans)

#FFE07B (255, 224, 123) Ripe Pinepple (Dunn-Edwards)

The color of pineapple is pretty popular among commercial paint-makers, so there are even more shades on the market. There are also paints with the same name but a different look. Pineapple Delight, for instance, by Porter Paints looks almost beige with HEX (F0E7A9) and by Earthpaint is slightly greenish with HEX (F2EBCA).

Vegetables

These colors are available on the market as commercial paints. So if you need a yellow paint for your kitchen, check them!

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#FFDF38 (255, 223, 56) Acorn Squash (Glidden, PPG Pitsburgh Paints)

#F3DB64 (243, 219, 100) Lemon Pepper (Bristol, Taubmans)

#F4BD2A (244, 189, 42) Yellow Pepper (Kelly-Moore)

#FFFDD8 (255, 253, 216) Pumpkin Seed (California Paints, Dunn-Edwards)

#FCD030 (252, 208, 48) Spring Squash (Valspar Paint)

Ten Hues of Corn Yellow

Corn is another popular yellow cereal plant. We present a set of five colors and five paints named after one of the world’s most important crops.

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#FBEC5D (251, 236, 93) Corn

#FFC946 (255, 201, 70) Corn Harvest

#FFF2C2 (255, 242, 194) Creamy Corn

#FFF8DC (255, 248, 220) Cornsilk

#FFDF53 (255, 223, 83) Glazed Corn

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Spices

Yes, yellow is a well-known appetite stimulant. Numerous spices belong to this family of happy colors, often verging on orange, red or brown families. Some of them, on the other side, can look more greenish.

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#F4E3B5 (244, 227, 181) Anise Flower (Pantone)

#EFEBBB (239, 235, 187) Anise Liquor (Crown Diamond, Sico)

#958D34 (149, 141, 52) Cardamom (Clark+Kensington)

#F6C800 (246, 200, 0) Curry Spice (CIL)

#E9DA89 (233, 218, 137) Curry Yellow (Sanderson)

As you can see, factories found inspiration in several different yellow or yellowish spices.

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#F7F4CD (247, 244, 205) Fresh Lemongrass

#FFDB58 (255, 219, 88) Mustard

#FEB200 (254, 178, 0) Turmeric (Asian Paints)

#D8C75F (216, 199, 95) Fennel (Designers Guild)

#FEFAA1 254 (250, 161) Saffron Yellow

By the way, turmeric is the root of the plant with a scientific name Curcuma and the active substance called curcumin. Caparol made a whole family of paints named after Curcuma. Each one of them has an addition of a number. Here is an example of five additional tints:

Family of Curcuma Yellow Colors

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#A48C28 (164, 140, 40) Curcuma 35 (Caparol)

#B4A04C (180, 160, 76) Curcuma 40 (Caparol)

#D0C48C (208, 196, 140) Curcuma 50 (Caparol)

#FCE474 (252, 228, 116) Curcuma 75 (Caparol)

#FCE894 (252, 232, 148) Curcuma 80 (Caparol)

The very same paintmaker have other numbers too, of course, but these are the most yellow. Some are actually tints of brown, green or even gray.

Attention: there are also groups of yellow or yellowish colors and paints, named after plants, animals, minerals, etc. Some groupsa will also be expanded (like mustard). We’ll cover them later. But we need to make several more articles (about green, for instance) before. Everything will be fine. Promise.

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To be continued!

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