Dominant Color Group: Neutral (85%)
Neutral colors: black, white, grey, brown
Temperature: 70% Warm Colors
Warm colors are yellow-green, yellow, orange-yellow, orange, red-orange, red
Warm colors tend to appear more active and arouse, or stimulate, the viewer. They seem to move toward the viewer or appear closer, or larger, than cool 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.
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
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
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
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
Yellow Green Psychology
A tertiary color created by the combination of yellow and green.
If your color is more yellow
Positive: optimism, cheerfulness, enthusiasm, fun, good-humored, confidence, originality, creativity, challenging, academic and analytical, wisdom and logic
Negative: being critical and judgmental, being overly analytical, being impatient and impulsive, being egotistical, pessimistic, an inferiority complex, spiteful, cowardly, deceitful, non-emotional and lacking compassion
If your color is more green
Positive: growth and vitality, renewal and restoration, self-reliance, reliability and dependability, being tactful, emotionally balanced and calm, nature lover and family oriented, practical and down to earth, sympathetic, compassionate and nurturing, generous, kind and loyal with a high moral sense, adaptable, encourages 'social joining' of clubs and other groups, a need to belong.
Negative: being possessive and materialistic, indifferent and over-cautious, envious, selfish, greedy and miserly, devious with money, inconsiderate, inexperienced, a hypochondriac and a do-gooder.
Studies suggest that green labels increase perceived healthfulness, especially among consumers who place high importance on healthy eating. Source
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.