Software & Apps Design How to Use Easter Colors in Spring Designs Get the right pastels in your springtime print and web projects by Jacci Howard Bear Writer A graphic designer, writer, and artist who writes about and teaches print and web design. our editorial process Jacci Howard Bear Updated on March 09, 2020 Design Graphic Design Photoshop Animation & Video 3D Design Tweet Share Email Easter heralds the start of spring when new leaves appear on trees and the grass turns green again. A palette of several specific colors, mostly pastels, evokes the freshness of spring. Easter-themed or springtime print and web projects benefit from using a combination of these colors. At the least, they provide a good starting point for a graphic design that says spring to the people who view it. What Are Pastel Colors? A pastel color is any low-saturation, light, or subdued color. The most common pastels are light shades of blue, pink, green, yellow, and lavender. Light shades of orange, coral, and turquoise are also suitable springtime pastels. All pastels are suitable for graphic designs with an Easter or spring theme. The Symbolism of Easter Colors Pastel colors symbolize rebirth, new growth, and new beginnings. Specific meanings assigned to individual colors include: Yellow represents joy and happiness. Yellow is the sun shining on a clear spring day.Green represents hope, birth, and renewal. It is grass and leaves turning green again and new plants emerging.Pink is a fresh beginning, a healthy new start. Pink represents playfulness.Light Orange represents the glowing orange dawn of a new day and a new season.Lavender and other light purple colors suggest something special.Blue is the color of the sky and of water. It suggests peace and harmony. It's a clear blue sky and the rain that brings forth the new spring growth. Use Easter Colors in Design Files Use pastel colors to suggest Easter and springtime in any design. When using light colors such as pastels, mix in a darker, brighter, or more saturated color to provide contrast and prevent the design from looking washed out. When you select colors for a graphic design project that prints in ink on paper, use CMYK formulations for the colors in the page layout software or choose a PMS spot color. If you are working on a design that will be viewed on a computer monitor, use RGB color percentages. Use Hex codes when working with HTML, CSS, and SVG. The color information for some of the Easter colors includes: Lemon: Hex fff700 | RGB 255,247,0 | CMYK 0,3,100,0 | PMS 395 CPale Yellow: Hex #ffffe0 | RGB 255,255,224 | CMYK 0,0,12,0 | PMS 7485 C Spring Green: Hex #00ff7f | RGB 0, 255,127 | CMYK 100,0,50,0 | PMS 2268 CMint: Hex #bdfcc9 | RGB 189,252,201 | CMYK 25,0,20,1 | PMS 351 CPale Pink: Hex #ffc0cb | RGB 255,192,203 | CMYK 0,25,20,0 | PMS 182 C Light Salmon: Hex #ffa07a | RGB 255,160,122 | CMYK 0,37,52,0 | PMS 163 C Lavender: Hex #b573dc | RGB 181,115,220 | CMYK 18,48,0,14 | PMS 528 CLight Plum: Hex #dda0dd | RGB 221,160,221 | CMYK 0,28,0,13 | PMS 251 C Lilac: Hex #c8a2c8 | RGB 200,162,200 | CMYK 0,19,0,22 | PMS 257 CViolet: Hex #ee82ee | RGB: 238,130,238 | CMYK 0,45,0,7 | PMS 245 CSky Blue: Hex #87ceeb | RGB 135,206,235 | CMYK 43,12,0,8 | PMS 2905 CRobin's Egg Blue: Hex #00cccc | RGB 0,204,204 | CMYK 100,0,0,20 | PMS 3252 C Turquoise: Hex #40e0D0 | RGB 64,224,208 | CMYK 71,0,7,12 | PMS 333 C If some of the colors are too bold for your design, use a lighter shade of the same color. Pastel Color Palettes The color combinations are unlimited with the many choices of Easter colors. These following example color palettes may give you an idea to expand on for your design. Use tangerine with two shades of green. One shade of green should be very pale.Combine light blue and green with a pinkish light purple.Pale blue and yellow (with a stronger accent color) is a classic springtime combination.Use Easter blues and greens with a light yellow.Use a pink and light plum combination with a hint of dark green as an accent.