Have you ever wondered why certain niches seem to have certain color schemes?
- Like greens for health coaches, and blues and blacks for business coaches?
- Healthy food websites often have zesty yellows, oranges, and greens.
- You’ll see golds, blacks, and whites on high-end product websites for cars and jewelry.
Research studies have shown that there’s a physiological/emotional response to colors. They bring about feelings like excitement, sadness, peace, and irritation.
So, why not leverage that to engage with clients on a deeper level while keeping your brand visuals glued together?
Below are eight different colors and their associated feelings. Find the one that fits right for your coaching business image.
First, let me share a quick example …
In a recent website design for a career coach in the UK, Marianne Welsh, we chose red to give a feeling of passion and energy. The rest of the colors are subdued grey/beige/golds that recess on the pages.
Here are her home and blog pages:
Can you feel it? Great! Let’s get into those colors so you can find one that’ll bring about the feeling you want on your website.
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1. Orange for Energy and Enthusiasm
Orange represents and evokes the feelings:
- energy, enthusiasm, attention, happiness, optimism
- fascination, creativity, determination, attraction, success, encouragement
- stimulation, heat, vitality, inviting, friendly, invigorating effect
- mental activity, young people, strength, endurance
- red-orange: desire, sexual passion, pleasure, domination, aggression, action
- gold-orange: prestige, illumination, wisdom, and wealth, high quality
As a health coach, imagine a zesty, boisterous, brimming orange that makes visitors hungry for knowledge, happy, and alive. If their wellness is waxing and waning or they are facing some serious health issues, they’d start feeling how great it is to be around you.
2. Yellow for Optimism and Happiness
Yellow relates to the following:
- laughter, hope, sunshine, energy, optimism, cheerfulness, joy
- joy, happiness, intellect, warmth, cheerfulness, mental activity
- leisure, lightheartedness, children, spontaneous, freshness
As a “find meaning in your life” coach, how great would it be if your visitors who were in the dark, struggling with existential questions, and feeling down could feel lighter, more hopeful, and alive?
In addition to choosing colors, make sure your website’s structure, content, and calls-to-action encourage visitors to contact you. I wrote about this in The Coaching Website Guide. Have a look.
3. Green for Growth and Balance
Green relates to:
- health, new beginnings, wealth
- ease, relax, create balance, growth, security, possibility, spring
- calm, anticipation, hope, soothing, relaxed, diet, control anxiety
- stability, endurance, discipline, harmony
- nature, freshness, fertility, safety, healing power, restful eye
Green and blue are easy, winning combos for coaches’ websites. They bring about both trust, growth, hope, and positivity. If I were forced to choose colors “out of the blue,” I’d go with these.
4. Blue for Trust and Stability
Blue represents calm, spirituality, security, trust, calming, corporate, professiona.
- Cool, tranquility, sincerity, cleanliness, pure
- stability, loyalty, wisdom, confidence, intelligence, faith, truth, heaven
- water, sea voyages, consciousness, intellect, high-tech
- masculine, males, suppresses appetite
- blue-yellow-red combination: superhero
- light blue for health, healing, tranquility, relaxing, understanding, and softness
- dark blue for knowledge, power, integrity, seriousness, depth, expertise, stability, corporate
Blue is big in the corporate, professional world. Mixed with black, it can be a powerful combo. But blue is used in a low of ways, paired with analogous colors like greens and purples and opposite colors like orange/hot reds.
5. Purple for Wisdom and Spirituality
Purple represents and evokes the following feelings:
- creativity, royalty, wealth, soothe, calm, beauty
- luxurious, wealthy, power, nobility, luxury, extravagance, dignity
- ambition, wisdom, independence
- mystery, and magic, pre-adolescent, children
- light purple for romantic and nostalgic feelings, feminine, romance, mystery
- bright purple for children, youth
Purple is definitely good for relationship coaches who want to help people in romance, sensuality, and sexuality. It’s also good for spirituality, mysterious wisdom, and mystical sources powers. Empowerment coaches, spiritual life coaches, life gurus of all sorts.
6. Red for Passion and Power
Red represents and evokes the following feelings:
- fire, blood, energy, war, danger, strength, power, determination
- passion, desire, love, emotionally intense
- light red for joy, sexuality, sensitivity, and love
- pink for romance, love, friendship, feminine qualities, and passiveness
- dark red for vigor, willpower, leadership, courage
For Marianne, a career coach in the UK (opens in a new tab), we added a small dose of red throughout for passion and bravery. Clients need that courage and energy when facing difficult career decisions.
7. White for Simplicity and Positivity
White represents and evokes the following feelings:
- background, light, goodness, innocence, purity, virginity, perfection
- safety, purity, cleanliness, positive, successful faith, purity, coolness, cleanliness
- simplicity, high-tech products, charitable organizations, angels imagined
- hospitals, doctors, sterility, medical low weight, low-fat food, and dairy products
8. Black for Power and Strength
Black represents and evokes the following feelings:
- power, elegance, formality, death, evil, mystery, fear, unknown
- black holes, negative, blacklist, black humor, black death, strength, authority
- very formal, elegant, prestigious, black tie
- black Mercedes, grief, perspective, depth, diminishes readability
- black suit, thinner art, photography, stand out, contrasts, aggressive
A Website Example of Renewed Energy in Life
On Lisa’s website, freshstart2life.com, her clients are seeking a new exciting next adventure in their lives.
We found this great image of a woman facing a new day and a sunrise, we chose to use the bold, electric yellow and blue in it.
The rich dark blue with a flowing energy of shades (gradients) compliments the yellow for even more pow. Opposite colors are naturally pleasing to the eye too.
I wrote a lot about visuals, images, color, fonts, and more in The Coaching Website Guide. So, if you’re planning a new site, working on, tweaking or revamping one, get a copy of it to make it stunning.
An Example of Optimism and Hope for Parent Coaching
Optimism and growth are two great words for parents and teachers of ADHD children. It can be difficult handling this special kind of child. Hope is much needed and Susan Hughes, an ADHD parent coach, is the coach to deliver it.
When we started on Susan’s site (ADHD Parent Coach in Perth), she had an icon of a circle with a zesty green and orange. I had to “work” into a logo with her name and match it to the rest of the website. We were setting it up on a new domain name.
This website was a bit more of a challenge than usuals. I hunted down that image, tweaked its colors in Photoshop, and helped her find the right words to convey the hope that frustrated parents desperately needed.
In the end, it makes me giddy at how well it turned out.
Colors Matter. So choose wisely.
Wise marketers and business minds alike agree that we make decisions based on emotions and justify them with logic. So, think about your colors and how you want visitors to feel at your website.
Oh, and here’s another article on colors: How to find a good color scheme.
Have you ever experimented with color themes for your website? What were the results? What colors are you most drawn to, and what feelings do they stir up?
I’d love to hear your comments.