What is the best color for a presentation?

The colors that you choose for your presentation will depend on the topic, but there are some general guidelines to follow. For example, if you are presenting about finance or accounting, it may be best to use cooler tones like blues and greens. If you are presenting about engineering or computer science topics, warmer tones like reds could work better. This blog will explain the key usage of common colors in presentations, and how to choose a color for your next presentation.

color schemes for effective presenting

Black

This color works well when paired with white because it creates a visual contrast that will make your presentation stand out against its surroundings. Black could be used for presentations on Halloween or any other type of entertainment-related topic such as birthday gift since the hue often shows up in media like movies and television shows where these themes are explored. Think about the color of fonts and the colors of objects on your slides when choosing a color for your presentation. Black one should be a good fit for any type of font or object since it will provide good contrast between the two.

You should avoid using black by itself because this can make your slides look depressing while simultaneously making them difficult to see from an audience’s point of view (the human eye has more difficulty seeing dark colors than light ones).

White

White is the color of purity, cleanliness. White makes you feel comfortable and it can be used to relax your audience or client. The best way how to use white in presentations is with empty backgrounds which will create a very calming effect for your viewers. You should consider white when you want to make your viewers feel at ease. White is also the color of openness, if you don’t know what colors to use in your presentation this may be a good option for you. White can cause mental strain after some time so it’s best not to overuse it since that will have an opposite effect than intended.

Red

The color red can be used to show passion. It is a good idea to use the color if you are discussing love or romance, or any other topic that requires enthusiasm. You should also consider using it for presentations about war, anger, danger, and urgency. Or maybe if you present about a controversial topic since this color can elicit emotion. Red could also be used for presentations that are designed to motivate people or sales presentations where you want to highlight the benefits of your product. Red works well in any context when paired with black and white. It should not be used all by itself because this will make your slides too harsh on the eyes.

Green

Green is a good choice if you are presenting about the environment or sustainability. It could also be used for presentations that have to do with money, growth, and abundance. This color works well when paired with blue. It should not be used on its own because this can make your presentation look unprofessional.

If green is too dominant in the room where you will give your presentation (e.g., there’s lots of wood paneling), consider using turquoise instead since it has similar properties but does not control as much space visually due to its lighter tint level compared to green.

Blue

Blue is a good choice if you are presenting the future of technology. It could also be used for presentations that have to do with calmness, health, and water. This color works well when paired with green because it creates harmony in your slides. If blue is too dominant in the room where you will give your presentation (e.g., there are lots of windows), consider using turquoise instead since it has similar properties but does not control as much space visually due to its lighter tint level compared to blue.

If dark navy blue is too dull for what you’re trying to convey, use royal blue instead since this version of the hue offers more excitement while still retaining professionalism on stage/in front of an audience during a presentation.

Yellow

Yellow is the color of happiness. It can be used to invigorate your viewers and make them feel more energetic about what they are seeing on the screen. Use yellow if you want your audience or client to pay closer attention to certain details in your presentation, it will also highlight specific points that you consider important enough for them not to miss them out.

Yellow can cause anxiety after some time so don’t overuse it either since this may affect people who watch your presentations later on as well.

Gray

Gray is a color of balance, it can be used to highlight certain parts of your presentation and make them seem more important by minimizing other areas. Gray is also the most common background color for presentations because it’s neutral but still looks good on screen and serves its purpose well.

You should consider gray if you want to create an atmosphere that will cause people not to feel comfortable nor uncomfortable which means they won’t focus too much on details or skip anything in your slides.

Brown

Brown is the color of relaxation. It may be used to create a soothing and relaxing atmosphere in your presentation which will make it easier for people who watch them later on as well because it won’t cause any discomfort or strain like other colors might do.

If you want to make an impact with brown, use dark shades of this color since they will provide more intensity than lighter ones would ever do.

Bonus Color - Cyan

Cyan can be used to highlight certain parts or objects in your slides and make them seem more important than others due to its lighter tint level compared to blue. If dark navy blue is too dull for what you’re trying to convey, use royal blue instead since this version of the hue offers more excitement while still retaining professionalism on stage/in front of an audience during a presentation.

You should avoid using light cyan because it won’t provide enough contrast between text and background which will make reading difficult (people may miss some details). Darker shades may cause eye strain after some time so try not to overuse those either.

You may be able to increase your product or service sales by taking into account the colors you use when designing different sizes of PowerPoint slides, which helps to adopt various format needs. The most important thing is not what color you choose, but rather when in the presentation it appears. The purpose of colors in your presentation is to create a visually pleasing and engaging experience for your audience. Using these five basic colors: red, green, blue, black, and white - you can add variety while still maintaining the integrity of the color scheme.

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