What color to choose as "danger" if the main color of my app is red

by Agus   Last Updated May 14, 2019 15:16 PM

I'm having this question wrapped around my head for quite some time. The thing is that my main application has a red color theme. And for just cancel buttons I used to use just gray colors but now that I need a "danger" color... What should I use? Purple? Orange? Using the red again is awkward, maybe a darker red?

PD: I cannot use blue because it's our competitors color.

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Answers 2

Options to consider:

  • Red = danger = your app is dangerous. Change the main color of your app to a different color.

  • Blue = competitor's color. Competitor = dangerous. Use blue for danger.

  • Use standard colors regardless the main color of your theme. Green = success. Yellow/Orange = Caution. Red = danger/warning. Etc.

  • Allow user to configure color scheme.

May 14, 2019 15:00 PM

The "danger color" should stand out from the color scheme of your app. It is also good to consider meaning. Red/Orange/yellow, in most cultures, indicates danger, alert, attention. Usually, if I see a blue or green message, I automatically think it is a success feedback. I think you should use an orange or yellow, to stand out from the main colors.

In Google Material Design, they use orange with red themes: https://material.io/design/color/color-usage.html#meaning

May 14, 2019 15:11 PM

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