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, his other most-noted favorite being yellow.

The most valuable blue sapphires are called cornflower blue, having a medium-dark violet-blue tone.[1]

Computer monitors may not always be depended upon for true representation of a color.


Robert Boyle[edit]

Robert Boyle reported a blue dye produced from the cornflower.[2] This was also called Boyle's Blue[3] and Cyan Blue.[4] This dye color however, was not widely commercialized.[5]


Cornflower blue is a defined color in the X Window (X11) color scheme.[6] As such, it is a color available as a named color for webpages.


Cornflower blue is a Crayola color. It was originally introduced in 1949, in the box of 48 crayons.[7]

Microsoft XNA[edit]

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

Popular references[edit]

Chuck Palahnuik mentions the color at least once in every one of his novels.

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.[8]

In Fight Club the Narrator says "It must've been Tuesday. He was wearing his cornflower-blue tie."

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.

Phillip Marlowe describes Eileen Wade with "cornflower blue eyes" on page 62 of his novel, The Long Goodbye.

In episode 6x09 of TV show NCIS:Los Angeles Deeks tells Kensi that her favourite color is "cornflower blue".

See also[edit]


  1. ^ McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of Science and Technology, ed. Sybil P.. Parker, 1997, McGraw-Hill, ISBN 9780079115041, page 30
  2. ^ The Pigment Compendium: A Dictionary of Historical Pigments, Nicholas Eastaugh, Valentine Walsh, Tracey Chaplin, Ruth Siddall, 2004, Routledge, ISBN 9781136373855
  3. ^ "Pigment Compendium: A Dictionary of Historical Pigments". 
  4. ^ "Pigment Compendium: A Dictionary of Historical Pigments". 
  5. ^ "Pigment Compendium: A Dictionary of Historical Pigments". 
  6. ^ Color Library documentation, Color::Library::Dictionary::X11 - (X11) Colors for the X11 Window System (rgb.txt) (accessed 2012-06-29)
  7. ^ Crayola, Cornflower (accessed 2012-06-29)
  8. ^ "Kornblumenblau / Es gibt kein Pltzchen auf Erden free midi mp3 download Strand Hotel Sechelt bed breakfast".  line feed character in |title= at position 49 (help)