So, is color really that important? Spoiler Alert… YES!
If you’re a business owner of any sort – but especially one in the online space, using color is extremely important to build consistency and brand recognition.
Color is one of the first things people notice when taking in any time of visual information. It can convey emotion, influence decisions, and create a feeling that customers can’t resist.
By choosing the right colors, your brand’s message is strengthened, becoming recognizable with just one quick look. It’s been found that color is one of the largest deciding factors when a customer purchases from a brand, so why not put in the work to create a color palette that does the heavy lifting for you?
Use the following tips as a guide when creating a color palette for your brand:
Picking colors can be hard. Where do you start? How do you pick complimentary colors? And the list goes on…
Start curating your brand’s color palette by considering the things that inspire you. Is your business eco-friendly and sustainable with an edgy personality? Start with earthy tones, and compliment it with neon chartreuse and bright lavender to get an edge over your competitors. You can even build a moodboard first and eyedrop colors from the images if this is your first time creating a palette.
Always do your best to use colors with high contrast, especially when text is involved. You want your designs to be accessible to people of all ages and disabilities. Something to keep in mind is that darker colors are often times more legible on lighter backgrounds compared to the alternate option of using a lighter font on a dark background.
Remember to ALWAYS use your brand colors in any application. Whether you’re creating a graphic post, a business card, or ordering t-shirts to promote your brand at a local event… STAY CONSISTENT!
Having a consistent color palette is the key to building brand recognition and attracting customers to your brand.
For as long as I’ve started designing I’ve always felt I had an eye for color when it comes to design. I’ve recently been asked, “How do you know when you’ve found a brand’s palette?”
Color exploration is one of my favorite parts of creating successful brand identities. To come up with the palette for any of my client’s branding projects (and get hardly ANY revisions) I start with strategy. I look into their industry, competitors, and personal preferences, before going through my signature design process.
I take all the background strategy work into consideration before pulling out my well-loved Pantone Swatch Books. I’ll spend some time flipping through to find core colors that may make up the primary palette. From there, I pull out complimentary neutral and accent colors and propose them in my Strategy + Visual Proposal deck for my clients. And get this – I’ve only ever had to weak one or two colors for a client!
No worries! It can be hard the first time around. Give it another go after stepping back, and if you still feel stuck, send me a message to chat about how we can work together.