The meaning of the color Tan and color combinations to inspire your next design.
A pale shade of brown, tan earned its name from the process by which animal hide becomes leather (tanning). The process owes its name to an old German word for oak trees--tannin-- that produce an acidic chemical compound used in tanning.
Like other browns, tan evokes warmth and security. It also gives a sense of the same earthy stability that many members of the brown family do.
Tan is considered a neutral, and with its paleness, it can be paired as a complement to almost any other color on the color wheel. The hex code for tan is #D2B48C.
Looking for a different hue? The following colors are related to tan.
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