Dominant Color Group: Primary (35%)
Primary colors: red, yellow, blue
Temperature: 40% Cool Colors
Cool colors are violet-red, violet, blue-violet, blue, blue-green, green
Cool colors tend to evoke a more tranquil mood of calm and relaxation. They seem to fall back, or recede, from the viewer in comparison to warm colors.
If you've picked a dominant color and you're looking to create contrast, pick a color directly across the wheel for a complementary scheme. The two colors will intensify each other for a lively, vibrant scheme.
A group of three colors that are next to each other on the color wheel, sharing a common color, with one being the dominant color, which tends to be a primary or secondary color, and a tertiary. Also called Dominance Harmony.
Positive: action, energy and speed, attention-getting, assertive and confident, energizing, stimulating, exciting, powerful, passionate, stimulating and driven, courageous and strong, spontaneous and determined
Negative: aggressive and domineering, over-bearing, tiring, angry and quick-tempered, ruthless, fearful and intolerant, rebellious and obstinate, resentful, violent and brutal.
The color red causes people to react with greater speed and force. source
Viewing red prior to a strength test inhibits motor output. source
One study discovered that participants showed more cautious behavior in a web-based game when the focal stimuli were colored red (versus blue). These findings demonstrate that variations in the color design of a computerized environment affect risk taking: Red color leads to more conservative choices and behaviors. Source
The color red distorts time perception in men, but not women. source
Research has shown that with some nonhuman primates, red is associated with greater sexual attractiveness of females, and recent studies found that a woman with red clothes increases attraction behavior in men. source
Eastern: luck, prosperity, happiness, long life, fertility, power
Some Africa: mourning
Blue Violet Psychology
A tertiary color created by the combination of blue and violet.
Positive: integrity and sincerity, structure and regulations, highly responsible, idealism, obedience, highly intuitive, practical visionary, faithful, devotion to the truth and selflessness
Negative: being fanatical, judgmental, impractical, intolerant and inconsiderate, depressed, fearful, self-righteous, a conformist, addictive, bigoted and avoiding conflict.
Positive: down-to-earth, wholesome, practical, approachable, friendly, stable, structured, supportive, comforting, reliable, protective, strength, quietly confident, sensual, sensitive, warm, reassured, honest, sincere, quality
Negative: dull, boring, frugal, materialistic, lack of humor, lack of sophistication, predictable, cheap and stingy
Eastern: earth, mourning
Red Violet Psychology
A tertiary color created by the combination of red and violet.
Positive: universal harmony and love, emotional balance, helps our spirit soar, spiritual yet practical, encourages common sense, loving, compassionate, supportive and kind, imaginative, innovative, creative and artistic, non-conformist, negotiator
Negative: impulsive, domineering, impatient, intolerant, avoids challenges, too relaxing, feeling disconnected to others, can be bossy and demanding
Positive: loyalty, trust and integrity, tactful, reliability and responsibility, conservatism and perseverance, caring and concern, idealistic and orderly, authority, devotion and contemplation, peaceful and calm
Negative: being rigid, deceitful and spiteful, depressed and sad, too passive, self-righteous, superstitious and emotionally unstable, too conservative and old-fashioned, predictable and weak, unforgiving, aloof and frigid
Blue: Creates trust - used by financial institutions such as banks
Navy blue: Cheaper - selling to price-sensitive
Royal blue: Urgency - selling to impulse buyers
Eastern: immortality, life, feminine
Middle East: protection
The Golden Ratio, or Fibonacci Sequence, describes the perfectly symmetrical relationship between two proportions. Although not always used consciously in design, our brain subconsciously perceives structures following this formula as more intuitive or more attractive.