Colours affect us every day; they can make us remember memories good and bad. When consulting clients on colour choices for their brands, I illustrate my point by asking how different they would feel entering a room painted soft yellow, or a room painted in deep black and violent red.
The feeling would be different. If you like the colour and you feel comfortable with it, you will stay longer and be more likely to return to that room.
Colours can mean different things in different contexts, below are a list of colours and their most commonly associated feelings in relation to business.
Call to action colour, decision making, exciting, inspiring
Confidence, authority, masculine
Corporate, professional, safe, cold/cool distant
Playful, creative, friendly, warm (not intimidating), different
Gender neutral, natural, nature, growth (growing wealth)
Feminine, emotion, kindness, understanding, compassionate
Feminine, attention-grabbing, confident, new-age/modern
White / Beige
Classy, elegant, exclusive, calm, pure, honest, transparent
Attention, sale, cheap, take action (via excitement), young, fun
Earthy, grounded, non-confrontational, non-judgemental
Professional, serious, exclusive, private
Modern, understated, non-confrontational
The right colour choice is just another way for you to more clearly communicate the message of your brand. What is it that makes you different? What do you do better? What is specifically lacking in your industry which you have?
Blue may not be the best colour choice if you want to be seen as friendly, caring and understanding. Yellow may not be the best choice if you want to appear professional, serious, and exclusive.
What colours have you chosen for your business, and using the feelings listed above, what do they say about your business? Do these things separate you from your competition?