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When did you see a Web site in black and white for the list time?
Color is vital to the repertoire of your average Web designer, however many designers don't realize that the color scheme they pick may may have a much more dramatic effect than they think it does. Colors are a design tool that people react to on an organic level. Usually, they don't realize they are affected by it. For instace, in the U.S. most health care centers dress their nurses in light blues and pale pinks. This is because these are cool, relaxing colors, and upset patients calm down a bit when look at them. Once you understand your users make up you can pick a color mode that suits them.
When choosing the colors for your Web page, first of all you (as always) consider your users. Is it a global audience? Is it primarily Western? Eastern? What age group? What gender? All of these things, and more can affect the color choices for your Web site.

Ethnical Background
Colors obtain their exclusive meaning through ethnical references in the culture you grew up in. Depending upon the culture, colors can have very different meanings and even be a source of problems for your project. For example, in the East, white is the color of funerals while in the West white is the symbol of Weddings. If you were to create a Wedding site intended for an Asian audience and you picked white as a base color, you could be disturbing the people you're trying to appeal to.

Age Differences
Young people tend to prefer , more solid colors, while adults usually choose more subdued colors. If you're designing to a kid's audience and you're using muted pastels and shades of grey, the adults might like your work, but the children will be gone by the time the page loads.

Class Differences
Recent research in the United States has determined that working class people usually prefer colors that can be named: like yellow, red, green, etc. While more highly educated classes usually prefer colors that are more obscure: like taupe, azure, mauve, etc. This is the reason Walmart does their company logo in bright red.

Gender Differences
In many cultures, men tend to like cold tones (blues and greens) and women tend to prefer warmer colors (reds and yellows). European males are also more likely to be color blind and so not able to see some of the color tones on Web pages.

Colors, like all the other aspects in design, undergo ins and outs in fashion. Solid black Web pages were at the top a few years ago, and now you hardly see it at all (but it will certainly come back into fashion as I write this). Colors also change with the seasons, meaning, the designs reflect the season they were created in: winter blacks, whites, and grays; spring greens and bright colors; summer yellows; fall browns and copper.

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