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I've got a website that I want to build with a green toolbar (#336600). I am having a hard time trying to find colors that will look good with that green. You know, I need a different color for some subheadings, and action words, ect... I'm looking at an HTML color wheel, and it all looks very nice, but I'm still not sure how to pick colors that look good together...
It is an online colour scheme generator. You do need to input the RGB value for your primary colour, and it will thne output 15 colours that "go well" with your colour.
A handy little online utility, and it should give you a start on how to choose colours that go well together.
OK, I know that some colors look good together, and some colors don't... But how do you know which ones look good together??
I think that this is something that you need to have an aptitude for. You can learn the principles of colour associations etc. But I believe that at the end of the day you need the creative eye and flair to do this well. Practice always helps though!
... But how do you know which ones look good together??
Then apply color scheme principles like: Mixes of compliments look good, with the direct compliment as a tiny (nearly "clashing") accent.
Example: Yellow and Violet mixed make some nice warm browns that go well with Violet. Then a tiny bit of Yellow makes a nice accent.
Another (usability) principal. Web colors should have different values ("brightnesses"): Yellow is the lightest valued color, Violet is the darkest (see thread on color-blindness).
2. Look for examples and copy them. I like to look at flower blossoms (really) as examples of wonderful color schemes. Or check magazines and web sites.
3. Get trained. Take a color class at your local Junior College design or art department.
4. Build your skills. The more you work with color schemes, the more you'll get a feel for the ones that work to the purpose you want.
Of course, there are no color schemes that are always right, because sometimes you want to shock people, sometimes sooth them, etc.
Color can be a lot of fun!
I know tedster has posted some great material on cultural color association around the forums... but the general consensus in those threads always seems to be that there are too many variations to make a one-size-fits-all site, and in many cultures traditional color associations are becoming less important to the younger internet-savvy generations.
[edited by: mivox at 6:29 pm (utc) on June 18, 2002]
Good link that one.
Tried it for one site and loved the results,lots that I had not thought of.
Tried it for another and yuk no way I am going to let those colours go together on a business site.
I guess the initial choice of comparison colour is vital. Hope most businesses think hard before creating odd coloured logos if their webmasters will use this software.
Seems to be a market and the program mentioned above is the only one I've been able to find.
Sticky mail me if so. I can do the color part and most of the program design and a web site.
Anyhow programmings not my stong point (by any means :-) at the moment.
Know a few who do and will bear it in mind when I speak to them next.
All the best.