Nothing can influence your website’s visitors more than its colors. Colors create the mood and set the matching tone for your content. The right colors in the right places can excite, inspire, and encourage your visitors to dig deeper into your website. On the flip side, the wrong colors in the important places can destroy all of the hard work you put into the graphic elements of your website design.
Many beginners to website design ask “What are the best colors for a website design?” Well, before you can even decide a total color pallet for your website, you need to know what are the best colors for your website’s content.
After reading this post, you’ll know.
It’s all about the eyes
What’s the number one reason a person visits your website? Is it for the ultra-cool graphics and design? Nope. People come to your site for one thing only: to read your content. Granted, your eye-popping graphics many intrigue a visitor enough not to click the back button on their browser right away. But if your content (the main text of your website) is hard to read, then they’ll abandon your website and you will have just lost a visitor for good.
Choosing the best colors your website begins with choosing the best colors for your website’s content — colors that make reading easy on the eyes. But just what are the best colors? Before getting into that, let’s look at some bad color choices.
What not to do
If you really want to strain people’s eyes and annoy them to extremes, then by all means do any one of the following:
- Put white or light text on black or dark background
- Use two colors that have little contrast between them
- Have lots of black text on a yellow background
Take a look at this example:
I don’t know about you, but reading that white text on a black background really bugged me. And you know what? It bugs most website visitors.
The best colors for a website’s content
I realize that it might not be the most flashy and eye-catching, but the best colors for a website’s content are black or dark-gray text on a white or very light, pastel-colored background. These combinations create the right amount of contrast for reading while avoiding or lessening the strain on the eyes. (By the way, Newbie Website Design uses dark-gray text on a white background. The headings and bolded text are in black.)
As stated above, the main reason people visit your website is to read your content. Even if your graphics are stunning and the design is top-notch, no one will stick around or visit again if the text is hard to read. Make it easy for them by choosing dark text colors on a very light or white background.
Now, the only thing you need to worry about is writing good content!