Humans are highly responsive to colors; throughout the ages artists have used color to create emotion, inspire, or convey a message. Choosing effective colors can be the difference between the failure and success of a design.
Remember, you don’t need to have many different colors to create a great design. Two simple, high-contrast colors are effective at conveying almost any message and look great. These three combinations are by no means an inclusive list, many other great combinations exist; we just think that these three stand out from the rest and are unfortunately often overlooked by designers (especially amatures) in favor of more complicated, confusing color schemes.
Black and White
Black and White has been a staple color combination for quite some time. The high-contrast between black and white makes designs that utilize this color combo easy on the eyes. It can convey a sense of style and class, not to mention a singularly vintage look.
Keep in mind that black and white can be combined with almost any other color to highlight specific elements of the design, for example, our site or the New York Times.
Red and White
This tried and true color combination can inspire feelings of excitement, love, anger, or even luxury. Once again, the high-contrast between the two colors is key to this combination’s success. Also, this color is commonly associated with the holidays and is a great way to kindle a festive spirit.
Green and Blue
One of nature’s favorite color combos and usually used in conjunction with another color like white or black, green and blue work wonderfully together. They convey a sense of freshness and life, and look great in almost any application.
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