Designing eye-catching postcards, brochures, and business cards for your company might seem daunting- especially if you don’t have a background in graphic design.
But don’t fear! It’s easier than you think to bring visual appeal to your print marketing.
Follow this simple principle for how to use color, and you’ll be on your way!
5 Steps to Use the 60-30-10 Color Rule in Print Marketing
1. Choose Three Colors for Your Print Product
To begin, choose three colors that represent your company well.
If you have a signature color, use it as one of your three! And keep in mind that different colors communicate different emotions and meanings to your customers.
You should also make sure to select colors that fit together. If your colors clash, it will decrease the visual appeal of your design.
A foolproof way to choose three colors that look well together is by choosing either analogous or complementary trios. Analogous colors are next to each other on the color wheel (ex. orange, red, and yellow), while, to determine one color’s complementary matches, you should draw a line straight across from it and then choose the two (ex. blue, red, and orange).
2. The 60%
Next, you’ll need to designate which color will be the base of your design.
Following the rule, this first color should occupy 60% of your print marketing piece.
This color will fill the most space, so it shouldn’t be the most vibrant of the three you’ve chosen. You can use this color for your primary background or large text blocks.
3. The 30%
This will be your secondary color, which will take up 30% of the space in your printed piece.
It’s intended to draw attention to the more critical parts of your design.
It’s wise to use this color for any headlines, sub-section titles, bolded words, or statistics within the text of your ad.
4. The 10%
Your final color is your accent color, which will only take up 10% of the space in your design.
This should also be the most vibrant and bold of the three you’ve chosen.
This third color is best used to make your call-to-action stand out from the rest of your design. It draws your customer’s eye toward the piece you want them to interact with: a QR code, contact information, link to a social media account, or coupon code.
5. Breaking the Rule
Maybe your company has a design idea, and it will take more than three colors to bring that idea to life. Don’t stress!
The 60-30-10 rule is a helpful way to get started with your use of color, but going outside the box is perfectly fine!
If you want to emphasize more than just one part of your print design, consider choosing two accent colors for your 10%- 5% of one and 5% of the other.
Another impactful idea is to go monochromatic. Rather than choosing three complementary colors for your design, you could use different shades of the same color.
Don’t be afraid to create your own formula if it feels right! Use the principles in the 60-30-10 rule to get started, but once you’ve got an idea of how different colors and shades work together, you can break the rules and find a balance that works for you.
Contact us today for expert advice on the best colors, paper, and print for your next campaign!