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Color

Convey meaning through color. Out of the box you get access to all colors in the Material Design spec.

The Material Design color system can be used to create a color theme that reflects your brand or style.

Picking colors

Official color tool

The Material Design team has also built an awesome palette configuration tool: material.io/resources/color/. This can help you create a color palette for your UI, as well as measure the accessibility level of any color combination.

Official color tool

The output can be fed into createMuiTheme() function:

import { createMuiTheme } from '@material-ui/core/styles';

const theme = createMuiTheme({
  palette: {
    primary: {
      light: '#757ce8',
      main: '#3f50b5',
      dark: '#002884',
      contrastText: '#fff',
    },
    secondary: {
      light: '#ff7961',
      main: '#f44336',
      dark: '#ba000d',
      contrastText: '#000',
    },
  },
});

Playground

To test a material.io/design/color color scheme with the Material-UI documentation, simply select colors using the palette and sliders below. Alternatively, you can enter hex values in the Primary and Secondary text fields.

Shade:

500

#1769aa
#2196f3
#4dabf5

Shade:

A400

#ab003c
#f50057
#f73378
Color
{
  palette: {
    primary: blue,
    secondary: pink,
  },
}

The output shown in the color sample can be pasted directly into a createMuiTheme() function (to be used with ThemeProvider):

import { createMuiTheme } from '@material-ui/core/styles';
import purple from '@material-ui/core/colors/purple';

const theme = createMuiTheme({
  palette: {
    primary: {
      main: purple[500],
    },
    secondary: {
      main: '#f44336',
    },
  },
});

Only the main shades need be provided (unless you wish to further customize light, dark or contrastText), as the other colors will be calculated by createMuiTheme(), as described in the Theme customization section.

If you are using the default primary and / or secondary shades then by providing the color object, createMuiTheme() will use the appropriate shades from the material color for main, light and dark.

Tools by the community

  • create-mui-theme: Is an online tool for creating Material-UI themes via Material Design Color Tool.
  • material-ui-theme-editor: A tool to generate themes for your Material-UI applications by just selecting the colors and having a live preview.
  • Material palette generator: The Material palette generator can be used to generate a palette for any color you input.

2014 Material Design color palettes

These color palettes, originally created by Material Design in 2014, are comprised of colors designed to work together harmoniously, and can be used to develop your brand palette. To generate your own harmonious palettes, use the palette generation tool.

Important Terms

  • Palette: A palette is a collection of colors, i.e. hues and their shades. Material-UI provides all colors from the Material Design guidelines. This color palette has been designed with colors that work harmoniously with each other.
  • Hue & Shade: A single color within the palette is made up of a hue such as "red", and shade, such as "500". "red 50" is the lightest shade of red (pink!), while "red 900" is the darkest. In addition, most hues come with "accent" shades, prefixed with an A.

Color palette

Given a HUE (red, pink, etc.) and a SHADE (500, 600, etc.) you can import the color like this:

import HUE from '@material-ui/core/colors/HUE';

const color = HUE[SHADE];
  • red
    500#f44336
  • 50#ffebee
  • 100#ffcdd2
  • 200#ef9a9a
  • 300#e57373
  • 400#ef5350
  • 500#f44336
  • 600#e53935
  • 700#d32f2f
  • 800#c62828
  • 900#b71c1c
  • A100#ff8a80
  • A200#ff5252
  • A400#ff1744
  • A700#d50000
  • pink
    500#e91e63
  • 50#fce4ec
  • 100#f8bbd0
  • 200#f48fb1
  • 300#f06292
  • 400#ec407a
  • 500#e91e63
  • 600#d81b60
  • 700#c2185b
  • 800#ad1457
  • 900#880e4f
  • A100#ff80ab
  • A200#ff4081
  • A400#f50057
  • A700#c51162
  • purple
    500#9c27b0
  • 50#f3e5f5
  • 100#e1bee7
  • 200#ce93d8
  • 300#ba68c8
  • 400#ab47bc
  • 500#9c27b0
  • 600#8e24aa
  • 700#7b1fa2
  • 800#6a1b9a
  • 900#4a148c
  • A100#ea80fc
  • A200#e040fb
  • A400#d500f9
  • A700#aa00ff
  • deepPurple
    500#673ab7
  • 50#ede7f6
  • 100#d1c4e9
  • 200#b39ddb
  • 300#9575cd
  • 400#7e57c2
  • 500#673ab7
  • 600#5e35b1
  • 700#512da8
  • 800#4527a0
  • 900#311b92
  • A100#b388ff
  • A200#7c4dff
  • A400#651fff
  • A700#6200ea
  • indigo
    500#3f51b5
  • 50#e8eaf6
  • 100#c5cae9
  • 200#9fa8da
  • 300#7986cb
  • 400#5c6bc0
  • 500#3f51b5
  • 600#3949ab
  • 700#303f9f
  • 800#283593
  • 900#1a237e
  • A100#8c9eff
  • A200#536dfe
  • A400#3d5afe
  • A700#304ffe
  • blue
    500#2196f3
  • 50#e3f2fd
  • 100#bbdefb
  • 200#90caf9
  • 300#64b5f6
  • 400#42a5f5
  • 500#2196f3
  • 600#1e88e5
  • 700#1976d2
  • 800#1565c0
  • 900#0d47a1
  • A100#82b1ff
  • A200#448aff
  • A400#2979ff
  • A700#2962ff
  • lightBlue
    500#03a9f4
  • 50#e1f5fe
  • 100#b3e5fc
  • 200#81d4fa
  • 300#4fc3f7
  • 400#29b6f6
  • 500#03a9f4
  • 600#039be5
  • 700#0288d1
  • 800#0277bd
  • 900#01579b
  • A100#80d8ff
  • A200#40c4ff
  • A400#00b0ff
  • A700#0091ea
  • cyan
    500#00bcd4
  • 50#e0f7fa
  • 100#b2ebf2
  • 200#80deea
  • 300#4dd0e1
  • 400#26c6da
  • 500#00bcd4
  • 600#00acc1
  • 700#0097a7
  • 800#00838f
  • 900#006064
  • A100#84ffff
  • A200#18ffff
  • A400#00e5ff
  • A700#00b8d4
  • teal
    500#009688
  • 50#e0f2f1
  • 100#b2dfdb
  • 200#80cbc4
  • 300#4db6ac
  • 400#26a69a
  • 500#009688
  • 600#00897b
  • 700#00796b
  • 800#00695c
  • 900#004d40
  • A100#a7ffeb
  • A200#64ffda
  • A400#1de9b6
  • A700#00bfa5
  • green
    500#4caf50
  • 50#e8f5e9
  • 100#c8e6c9
  • 200#a5d6a7
  • 300#81c784
  • 400#66bb6a
  • 500#4caf50
  • 600#43a047
  • 700#388e3c
  • 800#2e7d32
  • 900#1b5e20
  • A100#b9f6ca
  • A200#69f0ae
  • A400#00e676
  • A700#00c853
  • lightGreen
    500#8bc34a
  • 50#f1f8e9
  • 100#dcedc8
  • 200#c5e1a5
  • 300#aed581
  • 400#9ccc65
  • 500#8bc34a
  • 600#7cb342
  • 700#689f38
  • 800#558b2f
  • 900#33691e
  • A100#ccff90
  • A200#b2ff59
  • A400#76ff03
  • A700#64dd17
  • lime
    500#cddc39
  • 50#f9fbe7
  • 100#f0f4c3
  • 200#e6ee9c
  • 300#dce775
  • 400#d4e157
  • 500#cddc39
  • 600#c0ca33
  • 700#afb42b
  • 800#9e9d24
  • 900#827717
  • A100#f4ff81
  • A200#eeff41
  • A400#c6ff00
  • A700#aeea00
  • yellow
    500#ffeb3b
  • 50#fffde7
  • 100#fff9c4
  • 200#fff59d
  • 300#fff176
  • 400#ffee58
  • 500#ffeb3b
  • 600#fdd835
  • 700#fbc02d
  • 800#f9a825
  • 900#f57f17
  • A100#ffff8d
  • A200#ffff00
  • A400#ffea00
  • A700#ffd600
  • amber
    500#ffc107
  • 50#fff8e1
  • 100#ffecb3
  • 200#ffe082
  • 300#ffd54f
  • 400#ffca28
  • 500#ffc107
  • 600#ffb300
  • 700#ffa000
  • 800#ff8f00
  • 900#ff6f00
  • A100#ffe57f
  • A200#ffd740
  • A400#ffc400
  • A700#ffab00
  • orange
    500#ff9800
  • 50#fff3e0
  • 100#ffe0b2
  • 200#ffcc80
  • 300#ffb74d
  • 400#ffa726
  • 500#ff9800
  • 600#fb8c00
  • 700#f57c00
  • 800#ef6c00
  • 900#e65100
  • A100#ffd180
  • A200#ffab40
  • A400#ff9100
  • A700#ff6d00
  • deepOrange
    500#ff5722
  • 50#fbe9e7
  • 100#ffccbc
  • 200#ffab91
  • 300#ff8a65
  • 400#ff7043
  • 500#ff5722
  • 600#f4511e
  • 700#e64a19
  • 800#d84315
  • 900#bf360c
  • A100#ff9e80
  • A200#ff6e40
  • A400#ff3d00
  • A700#dd2c00
  • brown
    500#795548
  • 50#efebe9
  • 100#d7ccc8
  • 200#bcaaa4
  • 300#a1887f
  • 400#8d6e63
  • 500#795548
  • 600#6d4c41
  • 700#5d4037
  • 800#4e342e
  • 900#3e2723
  • grey
    500#9e9e9e
  • 50#fafafa
  • 100#f5f5f5
  • 200#eeeeee
  • 300#e0e0e0
  • 400#bdbdbd
  • 500#9e9e9e
  • 600#757575
  • 700#616161
  • 800#424242
  • 900#212121
  • blueGrey
    500#607d8b
  • 50#eceff1
  • 100#cfd8dc
  • 200#b0bec5
  • 300#90a4ae
  • 400#78909c
  • 500#607d8b
  • 600#546e7a
  • 700#455a64
  • 800#37474f
  • 900#263238

Examples

For instance, you can refer to complementary primary and accent colors, "red 500" and "purple A200" like so:

import purple from '@material-ui/core/colors/purple';
import red from '@material-ui/core/colors/red';

const primary = red[500]; // #f44336
const accent = purple['A200']; // #e040fb
const accent = purple.A200; // #e040fb (alternative method)