July 2, 2021
Colour is an emotional cue. It helps us see, makes us feel & impacts our behaviour. When picking your brand colours, it’s important to consider the qualities associated with them.
The goal of branding is to appeal to your ideal clients and establish a connection. Colour is one of the easiest ways to do this. Your palette makes your brand memorable and distinct. It is part of your brand story. This one aspect of your brand identity communicates so much.
Every colour has associations based on culture, traditions and evolution. Because of this, colour can also be subjective depending on our unique experiences and perspectives. As always, keep your ideal customer in mind when picking the best brand colours for your business.
As a tool, colour can be used strategically in design and marketing. For instance, some colours blend in while others draw attention. Colour directs the eye and tells us where to look and, as a result, influences how we act. It helps us determine what’s important and what isn’t.
So, now that you are convinced that colour plays an important role in your brand identity, let’s take an in-depth look at the positive qualities associated with colour.
The positive qualities of red in branding are affection and love. However, it can also represent ambition or power. It’s a friendly, strong & high-energy brand colour perfect for capturing someone’s attention quickly.
Orange is the colour of motivation, positivity, enthusiasm, comfort & fun. In marketing and design, it’s confident, creative, curious & optimistic.
Yellow is creative, warm, and happy. It’s perceived as energetic, bright, optimistic, friendly, inspirational and cheerful in colour psychology.
Gold in brand design symbolizes strength, warmth, success, wealth, value, wisdom and tradition.
Brown is a colour of comfort, stability, structure, and longevity. It’s the colour of earth and is therefore perceived as earthy, friendly, supportive, and safe.
Green is fresh and kind. It’s the colour of balance, giving, prosperity, wealth, and health. Because of green’s association with nature, it often symbolizes growth, peace, harmony, and rest.
Light blue is the colour of peace and protection. It is a calming colour that portrays wisdom, imagination and healing.
Blue is the colour of patience, integrity, loyalty, and wisdom. Blue is associated with the sky and water so is the perfect colour to communicate tranquility. Some other qualities of blue include trust, dependability, soothing, reliable and calming.
Purple communicates loyalty, luxury, spirituality, and courage in brand design. It’s also the colour of mystery & magic. Some other properties of purple include intriguing, creative, mysterious, intuition, and ambition.
Pink is the colour of compassion, love & optimism. It’s soothing, caring, understanding & nurturing. A colour of romance, hope, empathy & sensitivity.
Grey communicates power. It’s sleek and sophisticated. Other qualities include luxury, modern, strength, bold, crisp, graceful & intelligent.
The colour black exudes sophistication, formality, seriousness, control and protection. Black is a reserved and independent colour choice.
White qualities include purity, innocence, peace, cleanliness, new beginnings, simplicity & imagination.
In picking your ideal palette, I always recommend starting with the qualities you want to portray first. Above all, the why of your brand, or the reason your business exists, should drive design. Not the other way around.
Firstly, make a list of your brand values and personality traits. After that, compare your list to the colour qualities above. Which ones seem like the perfect match? Are there any you want to avoid? Which colours are you drawn too & which do you think your target market would respond to most? I share lots of colour inspiration over on Pinterest if you need some colourful eye candy to get started.
Lastly, simplicity and clarity are important to establish trust and recognition. Your brand should have 2-3 main brand colours at most. Anything beyond this becomes over-complicated to your audience. If one colour can communicate so much, imagine trying to understand the meaning of 5 or 6 colours in a brand? The message becomes very muddled and confusing.
Need a little help picking the perfect brand colours for your business? Take my brand style quiz and get my top 3 picks curated just for you!
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