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Dominant Color Group: Neutral (64%)

Neutral colors: black, white, grey, brown

Temperature: 91% 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.

Color Schemes

Complimentary

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.

Analogous

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.

Color Psychology

Grey Psychology

Positive: reliable, conservative, dignified, neutral, impartial, professional, mature, intelligent, classic, solid, stable, calming, subdued, reserved, elegant, formal and dependable

Negative: indecisive, non-emotional, indifferent, boring, sad, depressed, lifeless, lonely, isolated

Blue Psychology

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
Mexico: mourning

Black Psychology

Positive: protection and comfort, strong, contained, formal, sophisticated, seductive, mysterious, endings and beginnings

Negative: aloof, depressing and pessimistic, secretive and withholding, conservative and serious, power & control, sadness, negativity

Black was the overall favorite color for clothing, mainly chosen by females (40%) in one study. source

Fashion - Black is often used in fashion because of its slimming quality.

Marketing - In brand identity black is associated with being bold, formal, mysterious, or strong. Famous brands that implement black in their logos and marketing are Blackberry, Tiffany & Co., Apple, Disney, Nike, Gillette, Adidas, Sony, Ralph Lauren, and MTV. Besides being sleek, black is versatile and can be combined with any other color.

Eastern: wealth, health, boys, mystery, evil

In ancient Egypt, black represented life and rebirth

Brown Psychology

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

Blue Green Psychology

A tertiary color created by the combination of blue and green.

Positive: communication, clarity of thought, balance and harmony, idealism, calmness, creativity, compassion, healing and self-sufficiency

Negative: boastfulness, secrecy, unreliability and reticence, fence-sitting, aloofness, deception and off-handedness

Golden Ratio

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.

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