So I'm trying to design a dashboard and I was wondering if there were some general rules for colors to use for buttons, borders, headers, containers etc. Like what are the appropriate colors that will stick out vs. blend in and which colors work well together. If anybody could refer me to resources or tell me where I can learn these techniques that would greatly help in presenting my information easier on the user.
I try to stay away from conflicts with already established rules (Eg. green CTA for validating actions, red for errors / warnings). Also, don't be afraid to emulate sections that already work (eg. facebook's friends list sidebar), thus enabling your users an easier learning of your interface.
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