Cornflower blue

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Cornflower blue (X11)
About these coordinates     Color coordinates
Hex triplet #6495ED
sRGBB  (rgb) (100, 149, 237)
CMYKH   (c, m, y, k) (59, 37, 0, 0)
HSV       (h, s, v) (219°, 58%, 93%)
Source X11
B: Normalized to [0–255] (byte)
H: Normalized to [0–100] (hundred)
Cornflower blue (Crayola)
About these coordinates     Color coordinates
Hex triplet #93CCEA
sRGBB  (rgb) (154, 206, 235)
HSV       (h, s, v) (201°, 37%, 92%)
Source Crayola
B: Normalized to [0–255] (byte)

Cornflower blue is a shade of medium-to-light blue containing relatively little green compared to blue. This hue was one of the favorites of the Dutch painter Johannes Vermeer.[1]

The most valuable blue sapphires are called cornflower blue, having a medium-dark violet-blue tone.[2]


Robert Boyle[edit]

Robert Boyle reported a blue dye produced from the cornflower.[3] This was also called Boyle's Blue[4] and Cyan Blue.[5] This dye color however, was not widely commercialized.[6]


Cornflower blue is a defined color in the X Window (X11) color scheme.[7] As such, it is a color available as a named color for webpages.


CornFlowerBlue () is an HTML color name, its hexidecimal code is #6495ED.[8]


Cornflower blue is a Crayola color. It was originally introduced in 1958, in the box of 48 crayons.

Microsoft XNA[edit]

Cornflower blue is the default clear color used in the XNA framework.

Popular references[edit]

  • Chuck Palahniuk mentions the color at least once in every one of his novels.
  • In Sara Gruen's novel "Water for Elephants" Jacob Jankowski dreams about his mother 'standing in the yard in a cornflower blue dress hanging laundry'.
  • The German popular song "Kornblumenblau" (literally "cornflower blue") humorously glorifies extreme drunkenness, blau being German slang for "drunk" and cornflower blue being an intense shade of the color.[9]
  • In Fight Club the Narrator says "It must've been Tuesday. He was wearing his cornflower-blue tie." In a separate scene the Narrator's supervisor asks, "Can I get the icon in cornflower-blue?"
  • In season 8, episode 1 of How I Met Your Mother, Barney Stinson refers to a cornflower blue tie, a possible reference to the tie in Fight Club.
  • On page 62 of Raymond Chandler's novel The Long Goodbye Phillip Marlowe describes Eileen Wade with "cornflower blue eyes".
  • In episode 6x09 of TV show NCIS:Los Angeles Deeks tells Kensi that her favourite color is "cornflower blue".

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Jan Vermeer of Delft". Holland History. Retrieved 30 December 2016. 
  2. ^ McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of Science and Technology, ed. Sybil P.. Parker, 1997, McGraw-Hill, ISBN 9780079115041, page 30
  3. ^ The Pigment Compendium: A Dictionary of Historical Pigments, Nicholas Eastaugh, Valentine Walsh, Tracey Chaplin, Ruth Siddall, 2004, Routledge, ISBN 9781136373855
  4. ^ Pigment Compendium: A Dictionary of Historical Pigments. 
  5. ^ Pigment Compendium: A Dictionary of Historical Pigments. 
  6. ^ Pigment Compendium: A Dictionary of Historical Pigments. 
  7. ^ Color Library documentation, Color::Library::Dictionary::X11 - (X11) Colors for the X11 Window System (rgb.txt) (accessed 2012-06-29)
  8. ^ "CornFlowerBlue". Retrieved August 28, 2016. 
  9. ^ "Kornblumenblau / Es gibt kein Pltzchen auf Erden free midi mp3 download Strand Hotel Sechelt bed breakfast".