Crimson Color Codes and Color Scheme

by Stacey Crawford

What is Crimson?

Crimson is a bright red color that was once produced from crushing a certain species of insects. A similar color is carmine, a red dye produced by insects. The name carmine’ comes from the French carmin. The pigment is also called cochineal after the insect from which it is made.

Alizarin is a pigment that was first synthesized in 1868 by the German chemists. Alizarin crimson is a dye bonded onto alum which is then used as a pigment and mixed with ochre, sienna and umber.

Crimson References

You may have heard of crimson tide, which means an algae bloom is affecting the beaches. In music, you may have heard of the song “Crimson and Clover,”a 1968 song by American rock band Tommy James and the Shondells.

“Crimson and Clover” spent 16 weeks on the U.S. charts, reaching number one in the United States (in February 1969) and other countries. The single has sold 5 million copies, making it Tommy James and the Shondells’ best-selling song.

School Colors

Crimson is the school color of several universities, including: 

  • Harvard University
  • University of Kansas
  • Indiana University
  • Korea University
  • New Mexico State University
  • Saint Joseph’s University 
  • Tuskegee University
  • University of Alabama
  •  University of Belgrano
  • University of Denver
  • University of Mississippi
  •  University of Nebraska at Omaha
  • University of Oklahoma
  • University of Utah
  • Washington State University
  • Worcester Polytechnic Institute

HTML Color Codes for Crimson

COLOR NAMEcrimson
HEX CODE#DC143C
RGB220, 20, 60

How to Use HTML Colors

HTML color names can be used with inline HTML styles or in a separate CSS stylesheet, just as you would use hex color codes.

HTML
<!-- In your HTML document -->
<body>
  <h1 style="color:crismson">Dark Crimson Title Text</h1>
  <p style="color:SlateGray">Slate gray paragraph text</p>
</body>
CSS
/* In your .css stylesheet */
h1 { color: Crimson; }
p { color: SlateGray; }

Variations of Crimson

University of Alabama Crimson #9E1B32

Washington State University Crimson #981d32

Harvard Crimson Code #c90016 

Web Safe Version of Crimson

Web safe or browser safe colors read the same across all browsers. There are 216 colors that are in the standard web palette.

HEX #cc0033RGB 204, 0, 51

web safe crimson #cc0033

Crimson Color Schemes

crimson color scheme

Light Salmon #FFA07A

Crimson #DC143C

Dark Red 8b0000

Fire Brick #b22222

Pale Violet Red #db7093

Analogous Crimson Color Scheme

analogous color scheme crimson

Triad Crimson Color Scheme

crimson color scheme

Monochomatic Palette

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