Color plays a vitally important role in the world in which we live. Color can sway thinking, change actions, and cause reactions. It can irritate or soothe your eyes, raise your blood pressure or suppress your appetite.
When used in the right ways, color can save on energy consumption. When used in the wrong ways, color can contribute to global pollution.
As a powerful form of communication, color is irreplaceable. Red means “stop” and green means “go.” Traffic lights send this universal message. Likewise, the colors used for a product, web site, business card, or logo cause powerful reactions.
COLOURlovers is a great tool to work out the best combination color palettes for you website theme.
Color Scheme Designer 3 another great tool to find the color and color palettes.
ColorZilla – find any color reference on web. ColorZilla is a very useful add-on for Firefox. It’s very easy to use. Click the color picker icon on the left bottom corner of the browser window to active the function.
- Webpage DOM Color Analyzer
- Analyze DOM element colors on any Web page and create a corresponding palette
- Locate elements on the page that correspond to a given color
- Find out what CSS rules specify a given color
- Save, bookmark and share the palettes
What colors stand for:
Black : power, elegance, formality, death, evil, and mystery
White: light, goodness, innocence, purity, and virginity. It is considered to be the color of perfection.
Purple: royalty, power, nobility, luxury, and ambition. It conveys wealth and extravagance. Purple is associated with wisdom, dignity, independence, creativity, mystery, and magic.
Blue is a masculine color; according to studies, it is highly accepted among males. Dark blue is associated with depth, expertise, and stability; it is a preferred color for corporate America.
Green is the color of nature. It symbolizes growth, harmony, freshness, and fertility. Green has strong emotional correspondence with safety.
Yellow is the color of sunshine. It’s associated with joy, happiness, intellect, and energy.
Orange combines the energy of red and the happiness of yellow. It is associated with joy, sunshine, and the tropics. Orange represents enthusiasm, fascination, happiness, creativity, determination, attraction, success, encouragement, and stimulation.
Red is the color of fire and blood, so it is associated with energy, war, danger, strength, power, determination as well as passion, desire, and love.
Free Color Theory Quick Reference Poster