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When is the last time you saw a Web site in black and white?
Color is one of the most important parts of the repertoire of your average Web designer, and yet many designers don't understand that the colors they choose may be having more of an effect than they realize. Colors are a design tool that impacts people on a visceral level. Usually, they don't realize they are affected by it. For example, in the U.S. most hospitals choose light blue and pale pink to dress their nurses. This is because these are calming, relaxing colors, and angry patients calm down a little when look at them. Once you understand your audience make up you can pick a color mode that suits them.
When picking the colors for your Web page, you need to first (as always) consider your users. Is it a global audience? Is it primarily Western? Eastern? Are they older? Younger? What gender? All of these things, and more should be considered when making color selections for your Web page.

Cultural Background
Colors gain their exclusive meaning through ethnical references in the culture you were brought up in. Depending on the the culture, colors can have the opposite meanings and even be a source of problems for your project. For instance, in the East, white is the color of funerals while in the European cultures white is the symbol of Weddings. If you intend to create a Wedding portal meant for an Asian audience and you used a lot of whites, you could be disturbing the people you're trying to reach.

Age Gradation
Young people tend to prefer , more solid colors, while adults usually choose softer colors. If you're writing to an audience of children and you're selecting dull pastels and shades of grey, their parents might like your work, but the kids will be gone by the time the page loads.

Social Differences
Recent research in the United States has shown that working class individuals usually like colors that you can name: like yellow, white, green, etc. While more highly educated classes tend to like colors that are more obscure: like taupe, jade, mauve, etc. This is the reason Target designs their company logo in red color.

Gender Differences
In many nations, men usually like cold colors (blues and greens) while females choose warmer tones (reds and oranges). European men are also more likely to be color blind and therefore unable to tell apart some of the differences in color on Web pages.

Colors, like all the other aspects in design, undergo ins and outs in fashion. Black Web pages were all the rage a couple of years ago, but now you hardly see it at all (but it will certainly come back into style as I write this). Colors also tend with the seasons, in other words, the designs reflect the season they were created in: winter is usually grayscale; spring flushes with greens and pinks; summer yellows; fall reds and copper.

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