How to use Easter colors in spring designs

Easter heralds the beginning of spring when new leaves appear on the trees and the grass turns green again. A palette of several specific colors, mainly pastels, evokes the freshness of spring. Print and web projects with an Easter or Spring theme will benefit from a combination of these colors. They are at least a good starting point for a graphic design that promises spring to the viewer.

What are pastel colors?

A pastel color is any color that is low in saturation, light, or muted. The most common pastel shades are light blues, pinks, greens, yellows, and lavenders. Light orange, coral and turquoise tones are also suitable for spring pastels. All pastels are suitable for graphic creations with an Easter or spring theme.

The symbolism of the Easter colors

Pastel colors symbolize rebirth, new growth and new beginnings. Specific meanings ascribed to different colors include:

  • jaune stands for joy and happiness. Yellow is the sun shining on a clear spring day.
  • vert stands for hope, birth and renewal. It is the grass and leaves that turn green again and new plants grow.
  • rose is a fresh start, a healthy fresh start. Pink represents playfulness.
  • Orange light stands for the bright orange dawn of a new day and a new season.
  • lavender and other light purple colors suggest something special.
  • Blue is the color of sky and water. It suggests peace and harmony. It’s clear blue skies and rain that bring forth new spring growth.
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Use Easter colors in design folders

Use pastel colors to hint at Easter and Spring in any design. When using light colors like pastels, add a darker, lighter, or more saturated color to create contrast and prevent the design from looking washed out.

When choosing colors for a graphic design project that will be printed with ink on paper, use CMYK formulations for colors in page layout software, or choose a PMS spot color. When working on a design that will appear on a computer screen, use RGB color percentages. Use hex codes when working with HTML, CSS and SVG.

Color information for some of the Easter colors includes:

  • Lemon : Hex fff700 | RGB 255,247.0 | CMYK 0,3,100,0 | PMS 395C
  • Jaune p├óle : Hex #ffffe0 | RGB 255.255.224 | CMYK 0,0,12,0 | PMS7485C
  • Spring Green: Hex #00ff7f | RGB 0, 255,127 | CMYK 100,0,50,0 | PMS 2268C
  • Menthe : Hex #bdfcc9 | RGB 189 252 201 | CMYK 25,0,20,1 | PMS 351C
  • Light Pink : Hex #ffc0cb | RGB 255.192.203 | CMYK 0,25,20,0 | PMS 182 C
  • Saumon clair : Hex #ffa07a | RGB 255.160.122 | CMYK 0,37,52,0 | PMS 163 C
  • Lavande : Hex #b573dc | RGB 181.115.220 | CMYK 18,48,0,14 | PMS528C
  • Light Plum: Hex #dda0dd | RGB 221,160,221 | CMYK 0,28,0,13 | PMS 251C
  • Lilas: Hex #c8a2c8 | RGB 200.162.200 | CMYK 0,19,0,22 | PMS 257 C
  • Purple: Hex #ee82ee | RGB: 238.130.238 | CMYK 0,45,0,7 | PMS 245 C
  • Sky Blue: Hex #87ceeb | RGB 135.206.235 | CMYK | PMS2905C
  • Robin’s Egg Blue: Hex #00cccc | RGB 0,204,204 | CMYK 100,0,0,20 | PMS3252C
  • Turquoise: Hex #40e0D0 | RGB 64.224.208 | CMYK 71,0,7,12 | PMS 333C
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If some of the colors are too light for your design, use a lighter shade of the same color.

pastel color palettes

The color combinations are limitless with the many choices of Easter colors. The sample color palettes below can give you an idea for developing your design.

  • Use tangerine with two shades of green. One of the shades of green should be very pale.
  • Combine light blue and green with light pink purple.
  • Pale blue and yellow (with a stronger accent color) is a classic spring combination.
  • Use Easter blues and greens with a bright yellow.
  • Use a combination of pink and light plum with a touch of dark green as an accent.