Colors that Sell
Color is a powerful psychological trigger. It creates strong emotions which can sometimes mean the difference between loosing or making that sale, so we need to know at least the basics of color.
We can start by looking at the associations people make with certain colors.
Love, warmth, excitement, passion, food
Power, professionalism, trustworthiness, calmness
Nature, life, money
Decay, toxicity, illness
Affordability, creativity, fun, youth
Lack of quality, cheap
Royalty, luxurious, fantasy, dreams
Each color has negative and positive associations with them so you should use colors in your designs in a way that is not overwhelming and steers the mind of the viewer towards the positive associations rather then the negative ones.
Naturally you don’t have to use one colour only to get a certain message across, you will most likely want to use a combination of colors or a color scheme.
Picking your color scheme:
You should be aiming to create a certain mood when picking your color scheme. Much of this is achieved by the color’s saturation or in other words how bright your colors are. For example the blue you are using on a site for kids may be a lot brighter then the blue used on a site wanting a professional image.
Some tips to remember:
Other useful tips:
Learn to use colors right and it may just give you the edge you need over your competition.
Author Suzanne Roman runs Art for the web, a site helping webmasters create their pages by offering free graphics. Subscribe to Art for the web’s newsletter at http://www.webpagedesign.com.au to receive new articles about web design and graphics.