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Choosing the right colours is key to a great website. A great colour scheme will get people interested in your business and returning to your website. Get it right and you'll create an enjoyable experience for your visitors, but get it wrong and they'll hit the 'Back' button.
A bad colour scheme can look so painful visitors will have to leave immediately. For example, nobody wants to read green text on a bright red background, so avoid using clashing colours.
The way you use colours can have a big impact on the look and feel of your website. Different colour schemes can make your website feel warm or cold.
Colour in Brand
Colour is a crucial element of brand identity. Choosing a colour scheme is not purely about choosing a visually pleasing one, it can also be the secret to strengthening your business's brand identity and creating strong brand recognition.
Create's brand colours centre around just two: one shade of yellow and one shade of blue/grey. However, we also use white and shades of grey which could be counted as a third. Anything reflecting your brand should be the same colour scheme across the board where at all possible.
Using Colour Shades
Using a strong, bold colour tone can end up being hard on the eyes, whereas using a slighter, softer shade of that colour will be a lot easier to work with.
Many websites use a blend of neutral colours and a range of shades of their main colour. This is easier on the eye than trying to work with multiple primary colours.
Here are some examples of Create colour schemes that use shades. These can be found on the Design Studio and can be used on your website.
The result of a good use of colour can be seen on the website Hamble & Jemima, which works with light blue and a soft cream colour.
These soft pastel shades look brilliant and create a viewing experience that is easy to take in and enjoyable to browse. It's also a great example of brand identity. The colour scheme is the same through every element of the website, including graphics, the logo and the wallpaper.
Using Spot Colour
Spot colour gives the eye direction, which can make your website really stand out.
Intense colour attracts the eye, and the greater the area, the stronger the attraction. Too many intense colours attract the eye in too many directions, and the technique loses its potential effectiveness.
For example, La La London only uses one colour. This one colour really stands out, making and defining the simplicity of layout and concept. This spot colour can be seen throughout the site, which strengthens its purpose.
Not every site needs colours! A website design without colour can look just as good, and may even be a better choice for certain websites.
Creating a minimalist look for your website can be effectively done without using any colours. Most sites which want to achieve this look use only black, white and shades of grey. Doing this will make the content of your website do more of the work.
If you run a portfolio-based website, for example, you'll want your artwork to speak for itself. A prominent colour scheme could clash with your images, reducing the impact of your artwork, so with a minimal colour scheme (or no colour at all) the colours of your images will capture your visitor's eye more.
The Ebury Home & Garden website below shows how this can be effective.
Colour Scheme Tips Summary
- Stick to your brand's colours like glue
- Use soft colour shades of the same colour, or
- Use spot colour to stand out and be more defined, or
- Choose not to use a colour scheme at all, and instead aim for a clean and sharp look
Fresh Colour Schemes
Finally, here are some fresh colour schemes for you to try out. You'll find them under the 'Colours' menu on your Design Studio.
Thank you to all the Create members who allowed us to use their sites on this blog.
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