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120 Types of Black Color

 , updated on January 07, 2024
Black is the darkest color that results from the absence or absorption of visible light. It is often argued that black is not a color because it has no hue or wavelength of light. However, color is the result of human perception and people commonly perceive black as a color. Black is associated with night and has historically been viewed as a serious, authoritative, pious and solemn color. For example, in Europe, black has been viewed as the most formal and respectful color of dress since the 15th century. The following are common black and blackish colors.
Black
#000000
Very Dark Blue
#000023
Warm Black
#000d0d
Void
#010207
Very Dark Green
#031701
Shadow Purple
#040008
Slate Black
#040707
Deepest Sea
#040714
Heavy Grey
#050505
Wet Suit
#080706
Reversed Grey
#080808
Liquorice
#0a0502
Black Tie
#0a0e0f
Very Dark Purple
#0f0012
Stout
#0f0b0a
Winter Waves
#102126
Glossy Black
#110011
Space Grey
#110022
Sombre Grey
#111016
Dark Water
#112222
Gothic Grape
#120321
Tornado Cloud
#121213
Very Dark Brown
#140100
Viper Black
#151802
Tea Bag
#161311
Pot Black
#161616
Black Pearl
#161b1c
Winter Storm
#162124
Cynical Black
#171717
Black Soap
#19443c
Dark Raisin
#1a0f0f
Metropolis
#1a1a1a
Alien Black
#1a2228
Black Chocolate
#1b1811
Walnut Hull
#1b1813
Night Shadow
#1c1c1c
Treasure Island
#1c1d17
Dark Chocolate
#1d0002
Black Coffee
#1d1817
Black Pearl
#1e272c
Iconic Black
#1f1f1f
Wind Cave
#1f2024
Reflecting Pond
#203e4a
Turbulent Sea
#212a30
Yacht Club Black
#222627
Kurobeni
#23191e
Young Night
#232323
Stellar
#23323f
Black Chestnut
#252321
Vulcan Burgundy
#26181a
Black Steel
#262335
Blue Charcoal
#262b2f
Strong Coffee
#282922
Moonlit Ocean
#293b4d
Tap Shoe
#2a2b2d
Liquorice Green
#2a4041
Salem Black
#2b0202
Blackstrap Molasses
#2b2523
Peacoat
#2b2e43
Woodsmoke
#2b3230
Root Beer
#2d1d1a
Parisian Night
#323441
Carbon
#333333
Charcoal
#343837
Midnight Navy
#34414e
Black Plum
#362b32
Coffee Bean
#362d26
Dark Grey
#363737
Summer Night
#36576a
Dark Royal Brown
#392925
Rich Mocha
#3a2921
Rich Mocha
#3a2921
Black Olive
#3b3c36
Dark Rosewood
#3c0006
Kimono Grey
#3d4c51
Ship Grey
#3e3a44
Volcanic Sand
#404048
Napoleon
#404149
Blue Ash
#414654
Blackened Brown
#442200
Black Truffle
#463d3e
Raw Chocolate
#471700
Pig Iron
#484848
Gravel
#4a4b46
Sooty Willow Bamboo
#4d4b3a
Squid Ink
#4d4e5c
Black Bean
#4e4b4a
Slate
#516572
Raisin
#524144
Heavy Charcoal
#565350
Stormy Grey
#58646d
Off Black
#595652
Zombie
#595a5c
Slate Grey
#59656d
Tarmac
#5a5348
Black Sand
#5b4e4b
Pencil Lead
#5c6274
Black Walnut
#5e4f46
Iron
#5e5e5e
Volcanic Glass
#615c60
Mirage Blue
#636c77
Midnight Grey
#666a6d
Volcanic Ash
#6f7678
Steel Wool
#777777

2024 Additions

The following black colors were added as notable this year.
Obsidian
#010003
Aura Black
#010103
Onyx
#030106
Black Licorice
#080004
Inkwell
#080b17
Jet Black
#0a0a0a
Timeless Black
#0b031a
Painter's Black
#0b1c26
Caviar
#0d0b0a
Matte Black
#0e1405
Satin Black
#120012
Emerald Black
#122223
Black Magic
#261e13
Midnight Black
#262626
Platinum Black
#2f2f34
Graphite
#323232

Why Black is a Color

Color is a characteristic of human visual perception as opposed to a physical property of light. As such, it is unhelpful to think of color in purely technical terms as wavelengths of light. Human color perception differs greatly from wavelengths of light due to the way the brain processes color such as color constancy whereby humans perceive the color of objects to be fixed when they are in fact varying with conditions. Color perception is also influenced by language and culture. Black is commonly treated as a color in most, if not all, languages and cultures. As such, it is considered a color.

Black & Color Models

In an additive color model, black is the background color and it is produced by an absence of color.
In a subtractive color model, white is the presumed background and black is produced with a mix of all primary colors.

Black & Color Wheels

Black does not typically appear as a section of a color wheel because it is not a primary color or a color of the rainbow. Likewise, composite colors such as brown and white are often not depicted on a color wheel. Color wheels that show mixed hues and tones may show black as an outer or inner layer of each color section.
Overview: Black Color
Type
Non-spectral Color
Definition
The darkest color that results from the absence or absorption of visible light.
Composition
Absence of light
or
Combinations of dark hues that absorb sunlight
Primary Color
No
Present in Sunlight
(color of rainbow)
No
Positive Associations
Formal
Professional
Serious
Authoritative
Pious
Solemn
Negative Associations
Fear due to its association with the night and spaces that lack light. It should be noted that the night can also be viewed as a positive thing.
Special Uses
Formal wear
Materials designed for thermal protection. Black radiates excess heat better than all other colors. For example, the underbelly of the space shuttle was black to reduce heat on reentry into the atmosphere.
White
Cool
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References

Ray, Verne F. "Human Color Perception and behavioral Response." Transactions of the New York Academy of Sciences 16.2 Series II (1953): 98-104.
Ray, Verne F. "Techniques and problems in the study of human color perception." Southwestern Journal of Anthropology 8.3 (1952): 251-259.
Pastoureau, Michel. Black: the history of a color. Princeton University Press, 2009.

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