Everything You Need to Know About Picking and Using Brand Colors
If you are planning to rebrand your business, or to launch a new business and you are wondering how you are supposed to pick the colors that will represent your startup branding identity, then here is how you should pick the perfect brand colors.
Identify your brand personality
You should start by identifying the adjectives that describe your business. Focus on the things that are unique from your competitors.
If you are a startup, you should get your colleagues to take a look at a list of brand personality traits, pick out the ones that best describe your business to and supplement it with a bit of background research.
- Research competitor brands within your niche
- Identify the key qualities that set your brand apart from your competitors
- Use the key qualities to figure out the brand vision that’s going to speak to your brand’s target audience
At the end of this process, you should have a list of at least 3-5 adjectives that describe your brand.
Pick a core brand color based on your brand personality traits
Color psychology can help us understand the personality traits that people generally associate with common colors. According to color psychology, cool colors tend to evoke feelings of trust, loyalty, and stability, while warm colors are more evocative of energy, excitement, and positivity.
It’s important to note that these color associations are highly dependent on context, personal experience, and culture, among many other things. But they’re a great jumping-off point for picking your core brand color.
Here are some common color meanings:
Use a formula to build the perfect brand color scheme
After you have your brand color picked out, you can now start building a color scheme that’s unique.
- Use 1 core brand color (plus a few neutral shades) for example Netflix and Spotify, each have a bright and dominant color.
- Use 2-3 variations on your core brand color as seen in PayPal and MasterCard.
- Add a contrasting accent color that will make your brand color pop.
- Balance out your core color with 3-4 equally vibrant hues as seen in brands like Google and Slack
How to use brand colors
- Apply your brand colors frequently and consistently across all of your marketing collateral.
- Use your core brand color as a design accent. Here is how it should work
- 10% of the design should be your core brand color
- 30% of the design should be your secondary brand color
- 60% of your design should be a neutral color
- Build your design around the core brand color
- Add your brand with Brand Kit that allows you to save brand’s color palettes, logos and fonts so as to have quick access to them.
Having a distinct brand identity is crucial for the success of your brand. So spend a little time, get to know your brand personality, and pick the brand colors that reflect your brand’s unique identity.