Black text on a white background is a surefire way of producing content with accessible color contrast. That said, if you are looking for more pizazz, we've pulled from JMU's official color guide to provides you with a number of recommended color combinations. These can be used readily in the creation of documents, presentations, web-pages, and more, with no fear of color contrast issues. Further, your content will look more cohesive and more onbrand with JMU's palate.

In this directory, we've included a number of ways to identify the colors:

  • "Hex" values for colors are primarily used in creating web content and
  • "CMYK" values are primarily for use in design software.
  • "RGB" values are used widely to identifying colors; the best place to start for the average user.

Not sure how to work with all of these values? Check out our "How to use color values in Microsoft Word" page for detailed instruction on how to get started. 

Directory

Use the following drop-down menu to choose between RGB, CMYK, and HEX values for the colors below.

Background colors to use with the
text color Black: RGB: 0, 0, 0

RGB: 173, 156, 101

RGB: 203, 182, 119

RGB: 244, 239, 225

RGB: 178, 178, 178

RGB: 214, 214, 214

RGB: 181, 153, 206

RGB: 218, 204, 230

RGB: 173, 204, 35

RGB: 222, 235, 167

RGB: 210, 235, 245

RGB: 255, 189, 0

Background colors to use with the
text color Slate: RGB: 51, 51, 51

RGB: 173, 156, 101

RGB: 203, 182, 119

RGB: 244, 239, 225

RGB: 178, 178, 178

RGB: 214, 214, 214

RGB: 181, 153, 206

RGB: 218, 204, 230

RGB: 173, 204, 35

RGB: 222, 235, 167

RGB: 210, 235, 245

RGB: 255, 189, 0

Background colors to use with the
text color Dark Purple: RGB: 69, 0, 132

RGB: 173, 156, 101

RGB: 203, 182, 119

RGB: 244, 239, 225

RGB: 178, 178, 178

RGB: 214, 214, 214

RGB: 181, 153, 206

RGB: 218, 204, 230

RGB: 178, 178, 178

RGB: 214, 214, 214

Background colors to use with the
text color White: RGB: 255, 255, 255

RGB: 69, 0, 132

RGB: 51, 51, 51

RGB: 89, 89, 89

RGB: 60, 115, 139

RGB: 95, 121, 28

Background color to use with the
text color Gold: RGB: 203, 182, 119

RGB: 51, 51, 51

Background colors to use with the
text color Dark Gray: RGB: 89, 89, 89

RGB: 69, 0, 132

RGB: 89, 89, 89

RGB: 95, 121, 28

Text colors to use with the
background color White: RGB: 255, 255, 255

RGB: 69, 0, 132

RGB: 51, 51, 51

RGB: 89, 89, 89

RGB: 60, 115, 139

RGB: 95, 121, 28

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