Using Color to Express Tone

From formal to casual and from muted to vibrant, set the right mood for your communication with our palette.

Color Chart

Color chart

This chart is a guide for understanding the overall tone conveyed by the color combinations within our communications. Colors range from formal to casual and from muted to vibrant. On each sample color palette below, a miniature version of this diagram appears. Use it as a starting point to choose a palette that will project the right mood for your piece.

Ideas

See how the secondary color palette can be applied in a range of successful combinations.

The following examples break down the secondary color palette to show how color combinations can be used successfully to establish a certain tone. Remember, the secondary colors should be used occasionally and sparingly. The primary colors should remain predominant.

Casual

Color bar showing a casual color scheme

Formal

Color bar showing a formal color scheme

Vibrant

Color bar showing a vibrant color scheme

Muted

Color bar showing a muted color scheme

Formal-Vibrant

Color bar showing a formal and vibrant color scheme

Vibrant-Casual

Color bar showing a vibrant and casual color scheme

Muted-Formal

Color bar showing a muted and formal color scheme

Casual-Muted

Color bar showing a casual and muted color scheme

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