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Chapter 15. Color > Color Contrasts

Color Contrasts

The chart shown below will be helpful if you’re planning visual aids and need to know which foreground colors contrast most with which background colors. The colors listed are rank-ordered, with the highest contrast on top.

With a dark background, use these colors for the foreground:

  1. White

  2. Yellow

  3. Orange

  4. Green

  5. Red

  6. Blue

  7. Violet

With a light background, use these colors for the foreground:

  1. Black

  2. Red

  3. Orange

  4. Green

  5. Blue

  6. Violet

  7. Yellow

Shades of the same color can illustrate minor change.



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