The nude color guide.

Get ready to bare it all with this common neutral shade.

Don’t blush; when we’re talking about “nude,” we’re talking about a neutral shade that is useful in a wide variety of applications. If all you think of is skin tones when you hear about this shade, it’s time to broaden your design horizons and realize that this neutral doesn’t fit into any one box.

What does the color “nude” mean?

The color was originally named for its association with the skin tone of Western-European Caucasians. However, since humans come in a multitude of different skin colors outside of this shade, we should not associate its meaning as the “default” skin tone. Nude is better described as representing neutrality and balance, thanks to its calming mixture of brown and white.

The nude hex code is #E3BC9A, and its RGB values are R: 227, G: 188, B: 154.

Nude color pairings and variations.

Nude is a true neutral, which means it pairs well with almost any other color. That means you can always use it as an effective accent to brighter colors. On the other hand, you can take advantage of its calming effect by making it the centerpiece of your design, with bright pops of color as accents. There is no “wrong” way to pair nude with other colors.

If you’re looking for an alternative shade, check out these color variations:

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