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When is the last time you saw a Web site in black and white?
Color is vital to the repertoire of a typical Web designer, however many designers don't realize that the color scheme they pick may be having more of an effect than they think it does. Colors are an element of design that people react to on a visceral level. Usually, they don't realize they are affected by it. For instace, in the U.S. many health care centers choose light blue and pale pink to dress their nurses. This is done because these are cool, soothing colors, and angry patients calm down a bit in their presence. Once you understand your audience make up you can create a color mode that works for them.
When choosing the colors for your Web page, first of all you (as always) think of your users. Is it a worldwide audience? Is it mainly Western? Eastern? What age group? What gender? All of these things, and a lot other should be considered when making color choices for your Web site.

Cultural Background
Colors gain symbolism with cultural references in the culture you were brought up in. Depending on the the nation, colors can have very different meanings and even cause problems for your site. For example, in the Asian cultures, white is the color symbolizing funerals but in the West white is the color of Weddings. If you were to design a Wedding site intended for an Eastern audience and you used a lot of whites, you could be bothering the people you're trying to appeal to.

Age Gradation
Young people tend to prefer bright and juicy colors, and adults usually choose softer colors. If you're writing to a kid's audience and you're selecting dull pastels and shades of grey, their parents might like it, but the children will be gone by the time the page loads.

Class Differences
Marketing research in the United States has shown that working class individuals tend to like colors that have simple names: like blue, red, green, etc. While more highly educated classes usually prefer colors that are more complex: like turquoise, jade, lilac, etc. This is the reason Walmart designs their store logo in red color.

Gender Differences
In many cultures, men usually like cooler tones (blues and greens) while females tend to prefer warmer tones (reds and yellows). Western males are also more common to be color blind and so not able to see some of the differences in color on Web pages.

Colors, like everything else in design, go through ins and outs in fashion. Black Web sites were at the top a couple of years ago, and now you rarely see it at all (but it will certainly come back into style sooner or later). Colors also tend towards seasonality, meaning, the designs reflect the season they were built in: winter is usually grayscale; spring flushes with greens and pinks; summer yellows; fall browns and golds.

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