FileMaker Pro Interface – Color scheme

How to choose a color theme for your database.

Finding a color scheme can make the world of difference when it comes to creating a database interface that is both eye-catching and functional.

Finding that perfect match can make any database more appealing and help provide visual clues to make content and use more effective. Below are some suggestions on how to choose an effective color scheme.

Color scheme selection, much like brand marketing is an important part of business industry and brand. To better understand what colors work well together you’ll need to revisit color theory history.

Remember the color wheel? Well, it all stems from that. Primary colors (red, yellow and blue) make-up all the goods. From there, you get secondary colors which are like the color wheel x 2. The third step is the tertiary colors, which is one more level of color division from mixing a primary and a secondary.

Now that we’ve refreshed our understanding of how colors are formed, we now need to know how to make them harmonize. To create color harmony you need to make them flow and feel like they belong together—much like the notes in a song, hence the harmony. You need to achieve the perfect balance of color to really make the database flow.

Too little color and your database come across as dull and too subdued. On the other hand, if colors are too extreme, and can become visually distracting and hard to maintain focus. Color harmony can be achieved by creating a perfect balance. Two of the most common formulas for harmony are to use analogous colors (colors that are side-by-side on the color wheel) and complementary (colors that are opposing each other on the color wheel).

So, how do you go about picking the colors for your database theme? Most likely you’ve already got an idea of colors from your companies logo or brand marketing. Most of the time your logo is only going to consist of 2 or 3 colors. If it’s got more than that contact us today because it’s probably looking like a hot mess and needs some attention.

When choosing a color scheme. Try to focus on the client’s industry and make sure the color scheme is in line with the company logo and maintaining the brand’s consistency as well as staying true to the industry’s feel.

The Adobe CC color pallet is a wonderful tool that allows you to select your color and then view built-in formulas that create concrete, pleasing visual pallets. This is an excellent reference tool. Like color picking on steroids. They’ve even got an app to allow you to select colors based on inspirations or photos.

Visit the Adobe Color Theme Library.