Before you search for the right colors, know what you want to communicate to your visitors, think about your site name, and how do you want people to feel when they visit your website? The color scheme of your site is one of the first things a visitor notices. Colors bring out emotions and your visitors will relate those feelings toward your site. Make sure you are giving your visitors the right feeling.
Color and Emotions
Red: Energy, passion, action, ambition and determination
Orange: Friendliness, cheerfulness, and confidence
Yellow: Optimism, clarity, and warmth
Green: Peace, balance, growth, and health
Blue: Trust, dependabilty, and strength
Purple: Creativity, imagination, and wisdom
Turquoise: Communication and clarity
Pink: Love, nurturing and girlish
Brown: Friendly, down-to-earth, comfort and material wealth
Gray: Balance, neutrality, and calm
White: Purity, innocence, wholeness and completion
How man Colors should be Used?
Now that you know what each color means and what it could represent about your site, how many colors should your site contain? The more colors you use on a site the more overwhelming and busy your site will look. Borrowing from interior and fashion design, the 60-30-10 rule states that three colors should be used in varying degrees (60%, 30%, 10%) to create the perfect harmony. When I create a site, I take the colors that the client wants and break them down into three main colors with the rest of the colors to use as needed or at all. I also like to remind my clients that WHITE space is your friend. Give your visitors some space to grasp what it is your site is saying or selling.
Some clients come to me with the colors they already know they want, some come to me with a graphic and from that graphic I pick the three main colors, some come to me and have NO idea where to even start to find the right colors for their site. First off.. think about your site name, pick your color mood from the colors listed above, visit lots of sites in your niche and see what the trend is, and finally, visit these sites for color inspiration and ideas: