Practical advice about how to use color on your website.
When people look at your website color scheme, do they say “Arrgh!” or “Ahh”? If the answer is “Arrgh,” well, that’s a problem. Fortunately, we have the solution. It’s something everybody needs, something that adds instant “Ahh” to any website. It's the CoffeeCup Web Color Handbook!
See, color is far more than just a decorative element on your webpages. It's actually capable of evoking distinct emotional reactions, drawing attention to certain webpage elements and sections, and in turn influencing behavior. That’s why websites benefit so much from a well-thought- out use of color.
Do we have your attention now? Great! In this guide, we’ll walk you through the basics of color theory, including technical information that will help you pick out color schemes that work on an aesthetic and symbolic level. We’ll also show you how to get inspired with color, and then wrap things up by showing you how to use CoffeeCup Website Color Schemer to create and manage your very own color schemes.
As with every book there are a few errors. We have outlined them in the errata. Thank you to all the people that pointed these out.