Colors have the ability to set a person’s mood immediately upon sight. It is imperative for web developers to choose website colors carefully depending on the effect they wish to achieve. Colors on a web page can invoke feelings of excitement, trust, or even appetite. I’ve provided the information in this article as a quick guide to choosing the correct colors for your website design.
Red – Red colors can be used to call attention to text fragments or small areas. Symbolizes battle, blood, fire, passion, aggression, royalty, majesty, triumph, energy, power, strength, sex, speed, danger, activity, love and excitement. People with uninhibited expression tend to like this color. Stimulates physical and mental energy (chromotherapy). Also, stimulates the appetite.
Orange – Symbolizes friendliness, pride, ambition, warmth, relaxation, happiness, confidence, creativity, adventurousness, playfulness, and vibrancy. Stimulates the solar plexus and revitalizes the lungs (chromotherapy). Stimulates the appetite.
Yellow – Grabs attention, so it’s useful for banner advertisements. Causes eye strain more than any other color. Symbolizes sunlight, springtime, cheerfulness, optimism, safety, wisdom, playfulness, satisfaction, cowardice, optimism, warmth, happiness. People with childish traits tend to like this color. Stimulates the nerves (chromotherapy).
Green – Gives a feeling of calmness. The most restful color for the human eye. Said to soothe pain. Symbolizes nature, friendliness, freshness, health, regeneration, contentment, harmony, coolness, ecologically beneficial, growth, abundance, fertility. People with balance and uncomplicated nature tend to like this color. Sacred color to the ancient Egyptians and Moslems. Green hats signal that a man’s wife is cheating on him in China.
Blue – A favorite color for websites. Symbolizes coolness, truth, honesty, loyalty, integrity, coolness, repose, formality, reliability, belonging, subduing. People with self-control and repression of emotions tend to like this color. Soothes and heals organic disorders (chromotherapy). Appeals to impulse buyers.
Purple – People often love it or hate it. Symbolizes royalty, regality, mystic, beauty, inspiration, spirituality, dignity, mystery, aristocracy and passion. It may also signify mourning, death, nausea, conceit, and pomposity. Counteracts skin problems and disorders (chromotherapy). Has some religious significance. Catholics relate it to death and crucifixion.
Pink – Good for stimulating conservative buyers. Symbolizes softness, sweetness, nurture, security.
Light Blue – Stimulates conservative buyers.
Dark Blue – Stimulates conservative buyers.
Red-Orange – Impulse buyers respond well
White – Use for background represents no-nonsense and business. Use this for backgrounds when in doubt. Symbolizes purity, cleanliness, youth, and mildness. Represents mourning and death in China. White carnations signify death in Japan.
Black – Good for backgrounds of pictures and images. Appeals to impulse buyers. Symbolizes sophistication, elegance, seduction, mystery, and creativity. People with self-control and repression of emotions tend to use this color.
Gold – Symbolizes prestige and valuable objects.
Light Gray – A default color for many browsers. Avoid using as a background because it is too generic. Symbolizes prestige, coldness, and science.
Bright Colors – Loud, happy and fun. Use them sparingly because they are hard on the eyes.
Neutrals – Symbolize stability and balance.
Dark Colors – Attractive, dignified, useful for headings, passive and heavy. When used as text on light backgrounds it connotates trustworthiness while if used as a background with light text it has the opposite effect.
Pastels – Good for text backgrounds. Laid back, undemanding, active, light.
Earth Tones – Conveys authority. Organic, unobtrusive, contrasts well with primary colors.
Warm Colors – excitement & warmth, stimulating activity and creativity, increases tension in the body. Hard on the eyes for text.
Cool Colors – Passive, calming qualities that aid concentration and can create a mood of peacefulness and tranquility, inactive, releases tension.
Monochromatic Colors – calming
Red and Green – Christmas, holidays. Avoid unless you want a holiday look.
Contrasting Colors – dark background and pastel complimentary. Too many contrasting colors make a busy look.