If you are getting ready for an awning installation in Stuart, Hobe Sound, Port St. Lucie and surrounding towns, it is important to consider carefully the colors you choose. You will want to choose the best colors for your awning materials and canopies. In this blog, we will provide some fundamental information about colors that you should avoid when you are creating an awning design for your business.

For example, bright, neon colors, and colors such as yellow and green, should not be combined on your awning. Other clashing color combinations, like green and red, purple and green, should also be dodged. Below we list some definite colors to avoid. Read on.

To create beautiful commercial awnings for the exterior of your business, be sure to get in touch with a reputable awning company like C and C Canvas and Awnings. Your awning installation team can work with you to help you create a custom awning or canopy design. By taking the time to do this properly, you are sure to be happy with the final look and effect of your awning color combinations.

1. Never Use Pure Black

Most artists know the secret about avoiding the use of black. Impressionists for instance clearly understood that shadows consisted of color and they weren’t interpreted as simply “the same thing but darker”. "Black goes with everything" they say, but what they don’t tell you is that 100% black (or pure black) goes with nothing.

But how does this translate to awning design?

Our brains are not used to seeing pure black and it is often too overpowering when we do. Over time we’ve come to realize that it’s better to add some subtle color into our blacks, and even something like grays would be much more suitable for the eyes.

2. Red and Green Should Never Be Seen

“But, what about Christmas?!” most people will ask. However, the saying is actually a shortened version of “red and green should never be seen without a color in between”, and it’s believed to have originated from fashion-obsessed British folk.

The most significant reason you shouldn’t combine red and green is because of deuteranopia, a form of color blindness that makes it hard to distinguish between the two colors. But there is another, more obvious reason.

Red and green combinations also conflict with the notion that red means “no” and green means “yes”, as explained by behavioral science and various user experience experts, so we commonly use those colors for buttons, error messages, form helpers, alerts and so on.

3. Neon Colors

Neon colors in awnings can be irritating to the viewer, in spite of the fact that they can be quite beautiful and vibrant. Neon colors are great colors for art and illustration and would be fine to use in a retro theme, for example. The bottom line, overt neon colors are unsettling to the eyes.

4. Light Colors on White or Detailed Backgrounds

This is the most blatantly obvious color-related design flaw, but it’s also one of the most common mistakes made in the selection of awning colors. It can be great for certain canopies, for example as in a wedding canopy or a particular special event, but not for standing business awnings (with exception of a baby supply store or wedding store).

5. Bright Colors with More Bright Colors

By using bright colors on top of (or next to) more bright colors you’re at risk of inducing an instant migraine. It’s great to use bold colors but overdoing it is a complete no-no on standing business awnings.

If you are to travel down this road then you should approach it with minimalism in mind, and it’s always useful to mention this when the inevitable “more color” question comes up. By using too many sharp, high-contrast hues next to each other you’re confusing the eyes and brain.


Color is such a neglected aspect of design, and those that don’t understand color theory all that well tend to override better judgment even when we are aware of these rules. So next time someone thinks he/she knows better and tells you to “make it pop”, mention some of these little facts!

Call C & C Canvas and Awnings at 772-221-8847 in Stuart and we will be happy to discuss various color options with you. Whether you live in Stuart, Palm City, Sewalls Point, Golden Gate, Jensen Beach, Port Salerno, Port St. Lucie, Hobe Sound, Jupiter, Tequesta, Palm Beach Gardens, or North Palm Beach FL, we are available to discuss all your shading options today.