Brown pigments

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Brown pigments


Brown is a low luminance color that is typically produced by adding black or their complementary colors to red, orange, or yellow paint. It is considered an earth tone and has an unlimited numbers of shades. An average brown color is represented by the following color coordinates:

  • Hex triplet: # 964B00
  • RGB: (150, 75, 0); CMYK (0, 50, 100, 41)
  • HSV: (30°, 100%, 59%)

Examples of inorganic brown pigments:

Examples of organic brown pigments:

Synonyms and Related Terms

brun (Dan., Sven.); Braun (Deut.); pardo (Esp.); castaño (Esp.); pigments bruns (Fr.); pigmenti marrone (It.) canus (Lat.); bruin (Ned.); pigmentos castanhos (Port.)

Resources and Citations

  • Ralph Mayer, A Dictionary of Art Terms and Techniques, Harper and Row Publishers, New York, 1969 (also 1945 printing)
  • The American Heritage Dictionary or Encarta, via Microsoft Bookshelf 98, Microsoft Corp., 1998