Colors have an undeniable effect on our mood, but what color(s) will best define what your brand is all about? This part two of our breakdown of color, and how to use it to convey your ideas and tonality effectively. Please note, that if your company doesn’t use the right color it does not mean you won’t be a success. However, you’re better off if you can make color work for you rather than work against you. If you can’t seem to find a color that matches your company in this article, please refer to our previous “Is your company cool?” article. With all that said, let’s get started on deciphering the warm hues.
If any color is going to change your mood, this is the one. It’s the color of love and passion, this can be attributed to our skin color changing to a red tint (blushing) when sexually aroused. On the other end of the spectrum it also represents anger and danger, think fire and blood and you can easily connect the relation. Whether it’s lipstick or flashing sirens, the ultimate response to red is an increased heart rate. Thanks to its ability to stir strong emotions it’s ideal for attention grabbing, so if your trying to stop traffic or get your brand noticed (Which works even better when paired with yellow, most effective color combinations for branding/advertisements known to man. i.e. McDonalds, Shell, Master Card, Superman, Lay’s, Burger King, Jelly Belly. I think you get the idea.) this is the color for you. Side note, pink and burgundy, which are variants of red, have different effects on us than red does. Pink is more playful and feminine while burgundy is often seen as sophisticated and masculine, so pay attention to your tints & shades because they can often alter your color impact on the viewer.
Sunny skies and smiley faces come to mind when faced with yellow. Its light and joyful nature provides a sense of positivity to the viewer, people often relate it to happiness. It’s also the harshest color on the eyes because of the amount of light that reflects from it, making it the most attention-grabbing color of all (Why it’s often used for street signs and other alerts) but can also be too much. Other powers of yellow are that it increases metabolism (Makes people eat faster) as well as stimulates concentration (Why legal pads are often yellow, people make less mistakes). On the negative side, studies have shown that people lose their temper faster and babies cry more if placed in yellow rooms. With all this said, use yellow carefully. If used right you could make your company the focal point of people’s attention, but if done incorrectly could draw attention you don’t want. It may be the universal color of happiness but if you use too much it can put off the viewer due to its powerful attributes.
Oranges give you energy! No, I’m not talking about fruit and its vitamins. This color stimulates and allows for more oxygen to reach the brain, which can make you feel more enthusiastic and active. Red with its passion and yellow with its joy makes for a cocktail of uplifting vitality. Thanks to its red and yellow parents, it retains their traits of attention grabbing, but also retains the eye strain factor. However, of the three colors (Red, yellow, orange) orange is the middle ground, so it is often used in place of red and yellow if the design doesn’t call for their intensity levels of red or yellow. Think of orange as the most none invasive warm color, it’s more on the friendly/sociable side.
Color is a fascinating element in our day to day life, and now with this knowledge of how color is perceived, you can accurately pinpoint what color(s) will work in your favor. The next article we’ll dives into shapes and how humans perceive and absorb them, so if you’ve found your color and not your form, look out for that one.
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