Flyer colors: 11 creative ideas for stunning digital and print assets.
Need to make a flyer? If you don’t think the colors in your flyer matter, think again. Color can make the biggest impact on the effectiveness of your flyer. Up to 90% of consumers' first impressions are based on color alone. To help you make a flyer that gets noticed and sparks people into action, we’ve compiled eleven flyer color ideas that you can design today.
11 creative flyer color ideas.
Whether you’re posting your flyer on a utility pole in your neighborhood or uploading it to the web alongside your latest pun-filled Instagram caption, you need an out-of-the-box color palette to stand out from the crowd. With these 11 flyer color ideas, you can make a show-stopping poster that your audience will love.
1. Make a monochromatic flyer.
When choosing flyer color palettes, many creators often try to match completely different colors—green and purple, pink and gray, and so on. That’s why going monochromatic is so effective. When your entire flyer is made up of different shades of the same color (like light blue, royal blue, and navy), you’re doing something completely unexpected. Not to mention, your color combination will look stunning.
Select one of these templates to see how it works and apply your own logo and branding.
2. Go bold with a bright color flyer.
Want to make a flyer that people can't ignore? Bright colors often work best for grabbing a person’s attention. A neon color palette allows you to captivate your audience, even when your text and design elements stay simple. Bright colors can also help you give a traditional business flyer more personality or make a party flyer feel alive.
Tap your favorite flyer template below to make a show-stopping flyer within minutes.
3. Use pastel flyer colors to lift spirits.
Pastel flyer colors are subtle alternatives to neon ones that can make your promotional flyer feel happy and lively with a greater sense of calm. If you want your event to feel upbeat, choose hues like baby blue, peach, or lavender — and avoid using the color black on your flyer, even for your typography.
Start customizing one of these pastel flyer templates to uplift anyone’s mood.
4. Convey emotion with black and white flyers.
Black and white technically aren’t colors. However, eliminating all hues from your flyer design can be as bold a color idea as any other.
Usually used for serious affairs, black and white flyers can help you double down on a certain emotion like grief, inspiration, or even love. Without the influence of other color meanings, the contents of your words and images can speak louder than before.
Bonus perk: You’ll save cash when you go to print. Color prints usually cost 5-10 cents more per page than black and white ones.
5. Choose a color gradient for your flyer.
Who said you could only have one background color? When you can’t decide between two or more colors, you can incorporate them all into your flyer with a gradient that smoothly blends the colors together.
A gradient is the perfect addition to an otherwise simple flyer. It makes your final product more interesting and more eye-catching, so even a flyer in a toilet stall can look as beautiful as a rainbow in the sky.
6. Add an accent color for emphasis.
When you want to call attention to a few words that will drive home your message or entice your customers — like “free” or “BOGO” for sales promotions — give the text an accent color that offers high contrast from other words and design elements.
Used sparingly, accent colors can liven up your flyer color scheme. See how accent colors look with your poster content by customizing one of the flyer templates below.
7. Boost focus with a neutral flyer.
Assigning the right shade for specific elements of your flyer is just as important as choosing the right color palette. Selecting soft-hued neutrals like light gray or ivory can help you emphasize an eye-catching central element.
Want to make your flyer more interesting? Consider using light-colored textures for your design elements.
8. Use a mid-century modern flyer color palette.
Mid-century modern is having a moment in interior design. Why not borrow a color scheme from this historic style to make your flyers pop? The formula for making a flyer with a retro twist is simple. Start with a neutral color and add muted, earthy tones (like subtle greens or browns). Then, add a vibrant red, pink, teal, or mustard accent to give your flyer a little flair. Making your flyer so last century may be the trendiest option around.
9. Make your flyer picture colors pop.
When you’re promoting an event without a catchy name or a clear highlight, you can capture people’s attention by letting your images do the talking. Pair a vibrant image with a grayscale flyer to show customers why they should attend before telling them. Centralizing all colors on a stunning photo will make people want to stop and read.
Customize these flyer templates with a colorful photo of your own or choose from thousands of high-quality Adobe Stock images through the Creative Cloud Express app.
10. Use your brand and logo colors.
A tried-and-true flyer color strategy is using your brand colors throughout your project. Embrace the hues of your custom logo to make a flyer that screams your brand. Creative Cloud Express lets you enter hex color codes when selecting colors for your background, design elements, fonts, and more, so your entire flyer matches your logo to a T.
11. Choose a primary color combination.
Primary colors make for vibrant combinations, no matter how you piece them together. Since blue, red, and yellow are three of the first colors kids learn — and colors often seen on children’s toys — they naturally carry a hint of nostalgia and playfulness when they make up your entire flyer color palette.
However, primary colors are more versatile than you may think. Using a lot of blue can make your flyer colors feel calm and cool, while using more yellow can make it more energetic and exciting.
Flyer color best practices.
Once you have your color palette selected, you can start customizing any flyer template on Creative Cloud Express in a flash — even if you’re a beginner. These flyer color best practices will help you make the most of every project you start:
- Make sure there’s high contrast between your font color and background color to ensure your flyer is readable.
- Avoid putting red and green side-by-side to make your flyer accessible to people with colorblindness.
- Start building your flyer color palette with three core colors. If you still want more colors on your flyer, make sure they won’t overwhelm your three initial selections.
- If you’re feeling stuck, use the Adobe Color Wheel to instantly generate color palettes that will look stunning on your flyer.
Ensure you pick a flyer design that will resonate with your audience, which could range from business flyers to sports or event flyers.
Explore a few different types of flyer templates to get started:
- Daycare fylers
- Catering flyers
- Sports flyers
- Dog flyers
- Exhibitio flyers
- Karaoke flyers
- Food flyers
- Workshop flyers