Cream (colour)

Cream is the colour of the cream produced by cattle grazing on natural pasture with plants rich in yellow carotenoid pigments, some of which are incorporated into the fresh milk (specifically, the butterfat). This gives a yellow tone to otherwise-white milk at higher fat concentrations (so the colour of dairy cream could be considered partway between the colours of natural cow’s milk and butter). Cream is the pastel colour of yellow, much as pink is to red. By mixing yellow and white, cream can be produced.

Strawberries with cream

    Colour coordinates
Hex triplet#FFFDD0
sRGBB (r, g, b)(255, 253, 208)
HSV (h, s, v)(57°, 18%, 100%)
CIELChuv (L, C, h)(98, 33, 84°)
SourceMaerz and Paul
ISCC–NBS descriptorLight yellow green
B: Normalized to [0–255] (byte)

The first recorded use of cream as a colour name in English was in 1590.[1]

In nature


In human culture


  • Cream is used as a skin tone in some forms of art, mostly anime. It is also used to describe the general skin tone of East and South East Asia.


  • Men's white tuxedo jackets are usually a shade of cream or ivory to better stand out against the white dress shirt.

Interior design


See also


  1. Maerz and Paul A Dictionary of Color New York:1930 McGraw-Hill Page 206; Colour Sample of Cream: Page 41 Plate 9 Colour Sample D4 The colour shown above matches the colour sample in the book.
  2. "Colors IU". Archived from the original on October 22, 2016. Retrieved March 29, 2017.
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