The Colors of Easter

Use Easter colors in springtime print and web projects

Pastel Easter eggs and daisies in an open sunny field
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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 or web projects can 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

Easter Colors on Eggs

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, and playfulness.
  • Light Orange represents the 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.

Using Easter Colors in Design Files

Use pastel colors to suggest Easter and springtime in any of your designs. When using light colors like these pastels, mix in a darker, brighter or more saturated color. It provides contrast and prevents the design from looking washed out.

Easter Colors

When you select colors for a graphic design project that prints in ink on paper, use CMYK formulations for the colors in your 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 you are 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 C
  • Pale 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 C
  • Mint: Hex #bdfcc9 | RGB 189,252,201 | CMYK 25,0,20,1 | PMS 351 C
  • Pale 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 C
  • Light 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 C
  • Violet: Hex #ee82ee | RGB: 238,130,238 | CMYK 0,45,0,7 | PMS 245 C
  • Sky Blue: Hex #87ceeb | RGB 135,206,235 | CMYK 43,12,0,8 | PMS 2905 C
  • Robin'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, just use a lighter shade of the same color. 

Pastel Color Palettes

Colored Easter Eggs

The color combinations are unlimited when you have the many choices of Easter colors. These following example color palettes may give you an idea you can expand on for your own design.

  • Use tangerine with two shades of green -- one 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.