How To Software How to Use Blood Red in Your Design Projects Blood red isn'T just for halloween Share Pin Email Print Level1studio / Getty Images Software Graphic Design Documents Spreadsheets Presentations Desktop Publishing Databases Animation & Video by Jacci Howard Bear A graphic designer, writer, and artist who writes about and teaches print and web design. Updated June 17, 2019 Blood red is a warm color that can be bright or dark red. The bright red color of crimson is often considered the color of fresh blood, but blood red color may also describe a dark, maroon shade of red. Depending on how it is used, blood red can carry some of the darker or more sinister symbolism of red, including anger, aggression, death, or a sense of the macabre. Blood red can also symbolize loyalty (as in a blood oath) and love (blood is associated with the heart and romance). You're just as likely to see blood red on Valentine's Day as on Halloween. Using Blood Red in Design Files When planning a design project destined for commercial printing, use CMYK formulations for blood red in your page layout software or select a Pantone spot color. For display on a computer monitor, use RGB values. Use hex designations when working with HTML, CSS, and SVG. Blood red shades are best achieved with the following: Hex RGB CMYK Blood Red #bb0a1e 166,16,30 0,95,84,27 Crimson #dc143c 220,20,60 0,91,73,14 Dark Red #8b0000 139,0,0 0,100,100,45 Maroon #800000 128,0,0 0,100,100,50 Blood Orange #cc1100 204,17,0 0,92,100,20 Choosing Pantone Colors Closest to Blood Red When working with printed pieces, sometimes a solid color red, rather than a CMYK red, is a more economical choice. The Pantone Matching System is the most widely recognized spot color system. Here are the Pantone colors suggested as best matches to blood red: Pantone Solid Coated Blood Red 7621 C Crimson 199 C Dark Red 7623 C Maroon 2350 C Blood Orange 2350 C It should be noted that blood red text on black (or vice versa) is a low-contrast combination that makes the text difficult to read. Continue Reading Color Symbolism for SVG and CSS Color Names in Shades of Red Use Lilac Color in Spring Designs How to Use Crimson in Print and Web Design How Can You Use Scarlet in Design? Is Plum a Perfect Color for Romance? What Is the Color Vermilion, and What Is Its Meaning? What Color Is Fuchsia? Symbolism and Usage in Design How You Can Use the Color Azure in Your Design Project? What Color Is Sapphire and What Does It Symbolize? Using Violet in Design: A Color of Spirituality and Luxury What Color Is Navy Blue, Actually? A Quick Guide to the Color Purple and Its Use in Publishing The Color Chartreuse Can't Decide If It's Yellow or Green What Color Is Cerulean and How Is It Made? What Is the Symbolism of the Color Indigo? What Does the Color Turquoise Mean to a Graphic Designer?