The importance of communicating with color when it comes to your brand identity should not be underestimated or taken lightly. It is part of the brand strategy. Just because you love a certain color does not necessarily mean, it should reign supreme in your brand color scheme. Take a lesson from the Sunflower pictured above.
There is so much more to learn in terms of color. The photo above clearly illustrates the many yellow hues in a sunflower. It is not just one yellow, it takes so much more to fully communicate its essence. The brand, sunflower, is a combination of yellow-based colors in varying hues.
Colors trigger emotions. When we look at a sunrise or sunset, the range of colors displayed evokes a feeling of joy, of awe, romance or even a sad or happy memory. Colors communicate texture, smooth or rough through proportion or a different hue of the same color. Colors evoke attraction or repulsion depending on the perception of the viewer.
When expressing reliability, most companies rely on the families of dark blues, navy, gray, and blue toned reds to communicate genuineness, solidity and reliability. You have no doubt heard the expression “true blue”. For instance, there are three different real estate company signs side by side in a townhouse development in town. From a distance, it is hard to distinguish one from the other.
Two of them are big box companies. It is not uncommon for big companies to use the colors of “reliability.” One is an independent broker who wants to look like the other two, or a “me too” look. All three have different hues of blue and white as part of their signage.
However, that combination by itself also says stodgy, old fashioned, slow to embrace change because of the usual layers of bureaucracy. Although the independent broker is progressive in nature, he has done himself a disservice in our opinion by mimicking the big boxes and confusing his potential clients.
What should be taken into account when it comes to color selection are the environmental color signals in your real estate market place. You also choose the colors that would attract the clients to your style of doing business.
In selecting a combination of colors to work with, take a lesson from the sunflower. When all is said and done, take time to explore the range of colors to match your brand strategy, and communicate your essence.