I'm developing a program that has both a dark and a light theme. I change the background, but there are color-coordinated labels that I don't want to change the color of.

At the moment I'm using the following. It's okay, but the blue, green, and yellow is a bit hard to read against the white/light gray background. (They will all appear on be on both row colors.)

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Yellow: #FFD300, Red: #FF4C4C, Green: #3FB63F, Blue: #53ACE4

I could blindly play around with it until I found something marginally better, but I'd love to know if there was some graphic design standard I should be aware of.


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In particular for text editors, several colour schemes have been developed that could match your criteria. I am listing a few here that you could use as a starting point:

I am afraid I cannot say much more about them other than listing the colours and that they are designed to do exactly what you want.

  • That's a great idea! It's already starting to look a little better using the scheme you recommended: i.sstatic.net/N7Q5n.png Jun 9, 2015 at 20:26
  • @crclayton: Did you also adapt the background colours? I would strongly recommend this, if it is an option for you.
    – Wrzlprmft
    Jun 9, 2015 at 20:31
  • No, I'm afraid that would be more far more trouble than its worth. I'm stuck with these backgrounds. Jun 9, 2015 at 20:47

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