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What Color Catches the Eye First?


You’ve probably heard the term “that is so eye-catching,” but what really causes your eye to “catch” on a particular item or person when you look around? Many think that it’s simply color. But, while some colors seem to be more eye-catching than others, there is some real science and psychological science behind it all.

What is your guess? Is it the dark colors that draw the eye more? Maybe it’s the brightest colors. What color catches the eye first? What color catches YOUR eye first?

What Color Is Most Eye-Catching?


There are so many colors to be found in the natural world around us. Some colors stand out, and others blend into the background and we don’t notice them quite as much. 

Red and orange seem to be the clear winner when it comes to eye-catching colors. These colors tend to stand out and are therefore used on many warning signs or safety equipment. 

Yellow is another color that comes in a close second to red and orange in popularity. All three are very easily seen and draw your attention quickly.

What Other Colors Are More Attractive to the Eyes?


We have our eye-catching winners in red, orange, and yellow, but what else draws the eye? Think about what colors you are drawn to. It might depend on your mood or what object you are considering (i.e., an outfit for going out with friends, a paint color in your kitchen, or a blanket for your new baby).

In general, warm, bright, and bold colors are some of the other top eye-catching colors on the list. 

Why Different Colors Attract the Eyes Differently?


It’s interesting to think about how various colors can attract our eyes differently, but they do! Those warm colors you think about (red, orange, yellow, and some violets) are noticeable and convey security. They seem to move toward the eye, and they bring a sense of comfort and warmth.

Cooler colors (blue, green, some violets, and yellowish-green colors) remind us of nature. They bring a sense of coolness and refreshment. They are also colors that move away from the eye but bring a calmness that many warm colors can’t. 

It’s important to consider how you will be using each color. If you are decorating a home that is for sale, bright or overly dark colors are not usually considered the best. By using more light, warm hues, you set up the home for a wide range of potential buyers. If you’re trying to draw attention to a sign with important information, bright, cool colors are best for standing out and calling attention.

Find out More Interesting Facts


It can be fun to learn about your eyes and what makes them work the way they do. Your experienced and very knowledgeable eye professional can help with other questions you may have as well as examine your eyes and give you tips on keeping up healthy vision habits that are best for you. Schedule an appointment to learn more.

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