Tip 18: Should you be using a very dark colour or pure black in your designs?

Gotta love that dark grey


You are looking for a dark background, probably you are thinking of black. Are most designers using pure black too?

A lot of designers use a dark grey instead of black because:

– There are little things in nature that are 100% black
– #000 attracts too much attention and it’s very aggressive when used on a background.
– You need contrast for accessibility but that doesn’t mean you need 100% – the eye needs to feel comfortable.

See for example this layout that uses a very dark grey and black:


The dark grey is nicer to the eye and it looks more elegant and smooth.

Play around with different shades of grey. You can achieve that depth and contrast without using the pure black colour.



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