Paint Your Brand: How to Choose the Right Colors For Your Hospitality Business

Let’s talk about color, shall we? You know, those magical little hues that can make guests feel like they’ve stepped into paradise or a hipster hangout, depending on what you’re going for. In this post, we’re diving deep into the art of color selection for your hospitality business.

Ever noticed how certain colors make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside, while others leave you feeling as cold as yesterday’s leftovers? That’s not by accident. Colors have this sneaky way of tapping into our emotions and perceptions (it is known as the psychology of colors). In the hospitality industry, that means they can make or break the vibe you’re trying to create. Whether you’re running a cozy B&B or a trendy café, the right colors can set the mood, evoke memories, and keep guests coming back for more.

Pro Tip: Download this free Hospitality Branding Guide. It’s filled with a real-life examples to help understand how different shades can influence guest behavior and perception.

The importance of a first impression

Picture this: you’re strolling through the city, and BAM! You see a hotel or restaurant logo that stops you dead in your tracks. What is it about it that’s got you so captivated? Most probably that’s the colors doing their job. Your logo is like your brand’s first impression, so you gotta make it count. Think about your brand’s personality and the vibe you’re going for. Want to ooze luxury and sophistication? Go for deep blues, regal golds, or sultry blacks. Craving something more playful and vibrant? Mix it up with bold combos like teal and coral or lime green and turquoise.

Pro Tip: Keep your logo colors consistent across all branding materials to maintain that oh-so-important brand recognition.

Learn from the mayor players

Ever noticed how McDonald’s makes you crave fries with their bright red and yellow combo? It’s not just a coincidence. Those colors are like a siren call to your taste buds, triggering hunger and excitement faster than you can say “supersize me.” From cozy bistros to trendy cafes, restaurants use color to create the perfect ambiance for their guests, whether it’s cozy and intimate or lively and energetic.

Pro Tip: Take a page out of successful brands’ playbooks and study their color choices to see what works. My Branding Guide has plenty of examples.

Trust your brand designer

Ever felt the temptation to deck out your business in your favorite colors, regardless of whether they actually fit your brand vibe? Enter the brand designer, your trusted navigator in the colorful world of branding. They’re not just here to make things visually appealing; they’re the guardians of coherence, ensuring every shade resonates harmoniously with your brand’s narrative. Think of them as your strategic advisor, steering you away from the perilous path of personal preferences and guiding you toward the purposeful color choices. With their expertise and attention to detail, they’ll shield you from the dangers of “But I love orange!” and lead you to a spectrum of colors that truly speak to your audience.

Pro Tip: Embrace the expertise of your brand designer as a valuable ally. They’re not just there to follow your inclinations; they’re your partners in crafting a cohesive brand identity. Trust their insights, and witness your brand flourish in colors that resonate deeply with your guests.

How to know the color choices are hitting the mark?

Here’s the lowdown: happy customers often stem from understanding who your audience is before settling on colors. The more you know about the people you serve, the more likely you are to pick colors that resonate with them.

Pro Tip: Don’t hesitate to adjust your colors based on customer feedback. It’s about discovering what they love. And keep in mind, it’s much easier to tweak your colors before everything’s finalized. This is where a brand designer truly shines. A good one should help you research your audience, ensuring your colors are a hit with the right crowd.


Remember, colors aren’t just pretty to look at—they’re powerful tools that can shape guest experiences and leave a lasting impression. From the soothing palette of a luxury hotel to the energetic vibe of a bustling restaurant, colors have the power to shape guest experiences and leave a lasting impression. By understanding the psychology of color and leveraging the expertise of brand designers, you can paint your brand with precision and charm your guests like never before

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