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]

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%)
ISCC–NBS descriptorBrilliant blue
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%)
ISCC–NBS descriptorVery light greenish blue
B: Normalized to [0–255] (byte)

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


Robert BoyleEdit

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 hexadecimal code is #6495ED.[8]


Cornflower blue is a Crayola color with hexadecimal code #93CCEA[9]. It was originally introduced in 1958, in the box of 48 crayons. The color is also called light cornflower blue.[10]

Microsoft XNAEdit

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

In popular cultureEdit

  • Chuck Palahniuk mentions the color at least once in each of his novels. The color also appears in the film adaptation of Palahniuk's Fight Club, where it is associated with the Narrator's boss: "It must've been Tuesday. He was wearing his cornflower-blue tie." In a later scene, the Narrator's boss asks, "Can I get the icon in cornflower blue?"
  • 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.[11]
  • The expression is used several times in describing the character Helen Watt, a historian in the book The Weight of Ink by Rachel Kadish.
  • In an episode of the ninth and final season of How I Met Your Mother, Barney Stinson is seen contemplating which tie he should wear for his wedding ceremony and is upset that he does not have his cornflower-blue tie which would have brought out his eyes.
  • In the Witcher novel Blood of Elves by Andrzej Sapkowski, Enchantress Triss Merigold's eyes are described as "cornflower blue."

See alsoEdit


  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. ^ The Pigment Compendium: A Dictionary of Historical Pigments.
  5. ^ The Pigment Compendium: A Dictionary of Historical Pigments.
  6. ^ The Pigment Compendium: A Dictionary of Historical Pigments.
  7. ^ Color Library documentation, Color::Library::Dictionary::X11 - (X11) Colors for the X11 Window System (rgb.txt) Archived 2013-06-27 at (accessed 2012-06-29)
  8. ^ "CornFlowerBlue". Retrieved August 28, 2016.
  9. ^ "Cornflower / #93ccea Hex Color Code Schemes and Paints". Retrieved 15 August 2018.
  10. ^ "Light cornflower blue / #93ccea hex color". ColorHexa. Retrieved 15 August 2018.
  11. ^ "Kornblumenblau / Es gibt kein Pltzchen auf Erden free midi mp3 download Strand Hotel Sechelt bed breakfast". Retrieved 20 November 2017.