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Customizing Colors

Customizing the default color palette for your project.

Overview

Tailwind includes an expertly-crafted default color palette out-of-the-box that is a great starting point if you don’t have your own specific branding in mind.

Gray
colors.coolGray
50
#F9FAFB
100
#F3F4F6
200
#E5E7EB
300
#D1D5DB
400
#9CA3AF
500
#6B7280
600
#4B5563
700
#374151
800
#1F2937
900
#111827
Red
colors.red
50
#FEF2F2
100
#FEE2E2
200
#FECACA
300
#FCA5A5
400
#F87171
500
#EF4444
600
#DC2626
700
#B91C1C
800
#991B1B
900
#7F1D1D
Yellow
colors.amber
50
#FFFBEB
100
#FEF3C7
200
#FDE68A
300
#FCD34D
400
#FBBF24
500
#F59E0B
600
#D97706
700
#B45309
800
#92400E
900
#78350F
Green
colors.emerald
50
#ECFDF5
100
#D1FAE5
200
#A7F3D0
300
#6EE7B7
400
#34D399
500
#10B981
600
#059669
700
#047857
800
#065F46
900
#064E3B
Blue
colors.blue
50
#EFF6FF
100
#DBEAFE
200
#BFDBFE
300
#93C5FD
400
#60A5FA
500
#3B82F6
600
#2563EB
700
#1D4ED8
800
#1E40AF
900
#1E3A8A
Indigo
colors.indigo
50
#EEF2FF
100
#E0E7FF
200
#C7D2FE
300
#A5B4FC
400
#818CF8
500
#6366F1
600
#4F46E5
700
#4338CA
800
#3730A3
900
#312E81
Purple
colors.violet
50
#F5F3FF
100
#EDE9FE
200
#DDD6FE
300
#C4B5FD
400
#A78BFA
500
#8B5CF6
600
#7C3AED
700
#6D28D9
800
#5B21B6
900
#4C1D95
Pink
colors.pink
50
#FDF2F8
100
#FCE7F3
200
#FBCFE8
300
#F9A8D4
400
#F472B6
500
#EC4899
600
#DB2777
700
#BE185D
800
#9D174D
900
#831843

But when you do need to customize your palette, you can configure your colors under the colors key in the theme section of your tailwind.config.js file:

// tailwind.config.js
module.exports = {
  theme: {
    colors: {
      // Configure your color palette here
    }
  }
}

When it comes to building a custom color palette, you can either curate your colors from our extensive included color palette, or configure your own custom colors by adding your specific color values directly.


Curating colors

If you don’t have a set of completely custom colors in mind for your project, you can curate your colors from our complete color palette by importing 'tailwindcss/colors' into your config file and choosing the colors you like.

// tailwind.config.js
const colors = require('tailwindcss/colors')

module.exports = {
  theme: {
    colors: {
      transparent: 'transparent',
      current: 'currentColor',
      black: colors.black,
      white: colors.white,
      gray: colors.trueGray,
      indigo: colors.indigo,
      red: colors.rose,
      yellow: colors.amber,
    }
  }
}

Don’t forget to include transparent and current if you’d like those available in your project.

Although each color has a specific name, you’re encouraged to alias them however you like in your own projects. We even do this in the default configuration, aliasing coolGray to gray, violet to purple, amber to yellow, and emerald to green.

See our complete color palette reference to see the colors that are available to choose from by default.


Custom colors

You can build a completely custom palette by adding your own color values from scratch:

// tailwind.config.js
module.exports = {
  theme: {
    colors: {
      transparent: 'transparent',
      current: 'currentColor',
      blue: {
        light: '#85d7ff',
        DEFAULT: '#1fb6ff',
        dark: '#009eeb',
      },
      pink: {
        light: '#ff7ce5',
        DEFAULT: '#ff49db',
        dark: '#ff16d1',
      },
      gray: {
        darkest: '#1f2d3d',
        dark: '#3c4858',
        DEFAULT: '#c0ccda',
        light: '#e0e6ed',
        lightest: '#f9fafc',
      }
    }
  }
}

By default, these colors are automatically shared by all color-driven utilities, like textColor, backgroundColor, borderColor, and more.


Color object syntax

You can see above that we’ve defined our colors using a nested object notation where the nested keys are added to the base color name as modifiers:

// tailwind.config.js
module.exports = {
  theme: {
    colors: {
      indigo: {
        light: '#b3bcf5',
        DEFAULT: '#5c6ac4',
        dark: '#202e78',
      }
    }
  }
}

The different segments of the color name are combined to form class names like bg-indigo-light.

Like many other places in Tailwind, the DEFAULT key is special and means “no modifier”, so this configuration would generate classes like text-indigo and bg-indigo, not text-indigo-DEFAULT or bg-indigo-DEFAULT.

You can also define your colors as simple strings instead of objects:

// tailwind.config.js
module.exports = {
  theme: {
    colors: {
      'indigo-lighter': '#b3bcf5',
      'indigo': '#5c6ac4',
      'indigo-dark': '#202e78',
    }
  }
}

Note that when accessing colors using the theme() function you need to use the same notation you used to define them.

// tailwind.config.js
module.exports = {
  theme: {
    colors: {
      indigo: {
        // theme('colors.indigo.light')
        light: '#b3bcf5',

        // theme('colors.indigo.DEFAULT')
        DEFAULT: '#5c6ac4',
      },

      // theme('colors.indigo-dark')
      'indigo-dark': '#202e78',
    }
  }
}

Extending the defaults

As described in the theme documentation, if you’d like to extend the default color palette rather than override it, you can do so using the theme.extend.colors section of your tailwind.config.js file:

// tailwind.config.js
module.exports = {
  theme: {
    extend: {
      colors: {
        'regal-blue': '#243c5a',
      }
    }
  }
}

This will generate classes like bg-regal-blue in addition to all of Tailwind’s default colors.

These extensions are merged deeply, so if you’d like to add an additional shade to one of Tailwind’s default colors, you can do so like this:

// tailwind.config.js
module.exports = {
  theme: {
    extend: {
      colors: {
        blue: {
          450: '#5F99F7'
        },
      }
    }
  }
}

This will add classes like bg-blue-450 without losing existing classes like bg-blue-400 or bg-blue-500.


Disabling a default color

If you’d like to disable a default color because you aren’t using it in your project, the easiest approach is to just build a new color palette that doesn’t include the color you’d like to disable.

For example, this tailwind.config.js file excludes teal, orange, and pink, but includes the rest of the default colors:

// tailwind.config.js
const colors = require('tailwindcss/colors')

module.exports = {
  theme: {
    colors: {
      transparent: 'transparent',
      current: 'currentColor',
      black: colors.black,
      white: colors.white,
      gray: colors.coolGray,
      red: colors.red,
      yellow: colors.amber,
      blue: colors.blue
    }
  }
}

Alternatively, you could leave the color palette untouched and rely on tree-shaking unused styles to remove the colors you’re not using.


Naming your colors

Tailwind uses literal color names (like red, green, etc.) and a numeric scale (where 50 is light and 900 is dark) by default. This ends up being fairly practical for most projects, but there are good reasons to use other naming conventions as well.

For example, if you’re working on a project that needs to support multiple themes, it might make sense to use more abstract names like primary and secondary:

// tailwind.config.js
module.exports = {
  theme: {
    colors: {
      primary: '#5c6ac4',
      secondary: '#ecc94b',
      // ...
    }
  }
}

You can configure those colors explicitly like we have above, or you can pull in colors from our complete color palette and alias them:

// tailwind.config.js
const colors = require('tailwindcss/colors')

module.exports = {
  theme: {
    colors: {
      primary: colors.indigo,
      secondary: colors.yellow,
      neutral: colors.gray,
    }
  }
}

You could even define these colors using CSS custom properties (variables) to make it easy to switch themes on the client:

// tailwind.config.js
module.exports = {
  theme: {
    colors: {
      primary: 'var(--color-primary)',
      secondary: 'var(--color-secondary)',
      // ...
    }
  }
}
/* In your CSS */
:root {
  --color-primary: #5c6ac4;
  --color-secondary: #ecc94b;
  /* ... */
}

@tailwind base;
@tailwind components;
@tailwind utilities;

Note that colors defined using custom properties will not work with color opacity utilities like bg-opacity-50 without additional configuration. See this example repository for more information on how to make this work.


Generating colors

A common question we get is “how do I generate the 50–900 shades of my own custom colors?“.

Bad news, color is complicated and despite trying dozens of different tools, we’ve yet to find one that does a good job generating these sorts of color palettes. We picked all of Tailwind’s default colors by hand, meticulously balancing them by eye and testing them in real designs to make sure we were happy with them.


Color palette reference

This is a list of all of the colors available when you import tailwindcss/colors into your tailwind.config.js file.

// tailwind.config.js
const colors = require('tailwindcss/colors')

module.exports = {
  theme: {
    colors: {
      // Build your palette here
      transparent: 'transparent',
      current: 'currentColor',
      gray: colors.trueGray,
      red: colors.red,
      blue: colors.sky,
      yellow: colors.amber,
    }
  }
}

Although each color has a specific name, you’re encouraged to alias them however you like in your own projects.

Blue Gray
colors.blueGray
50
#F8FAFC
100
#F1F5F9
200
#E2E8F0
300
#CBD5E1
400
#94A3B8
500
#64748B
600
#475569
700
#334155
800
#1E293B
900
#0F172A
Cool Gray
colors.coolGray
50
#F9FAFB
100
#F3F4F6
200
#E5E7EB
300
#D1D5DB
400
#9CA3AF
500
#6B7280
600
#4B5563
700
#374151
800
#1F2937
900
#111827
Gray
colors.gray
50
#FAFAFA
100
#F4F4F5
200
#E4E4E7
300
#D4D4D8
400
#A1A1AA
500
#71717A
600
#52525B
700
#3F3F46
800
#27272A
900
#18181B
True Gray
colors.trueGray
50
#FAFAFA
100
#F5F5F5
200
#E5E5E5
300
#D4D4D4
400
#A3A3A3
500
#737373
600
#525252
700
#404040
800
#262626
900
#171717
Warm Gray
colors.warmGray
50
#FAFAF9
100
#F5F5F4
200
#E7E5E4
300
#D6D3D1
400
#A8A29E
500
#78716C
600
#57534E
700
#44403C
800
#292524
900
#1C1917
Red
colors.red
50
#FEF2F2
100
#FEE2E2
200
#FECACA
300
#FCA5A5
400
#F87171
500
#EF4444
600
#DC2626
700
#B91C1C
800
#991B1B
900
#7F1D1D
Orange
colors.orange
50
#FFF7ED
100
#FFEDD5
200
#FED7AA
300
#FDBA74
400
#FB923C
500
#F97316
600
#EA580C
700
#C2410C
800
#9A3412
900
#7C2D12
Amber
colors.amber
50
#FFFBEB
100
#FEF3C7
200
#FDE68A
300
#FCD34D
400
#FBBF24
500
#F59E0B
600
#D97706
700
#B45309
800
#92400E
900
#78350F
Yellow
colors.yellow
50
#FEFCE8
100
#FEF9C3
200
#FEF08A
300
#FDE047
400
#FACC15
500
#EAB308
600
#CA8A04
700
#A16207
800
#854D0E
900
#713F12
Lime
colors.lime
50
#F7FEE7
100
#ECFCCB
200
#D9F99D
300
#BEF264
400
#A3E635
500
#84CC16
600
#65A30D
700
#4D7C0F
800
#3F6212
900
#365314
Green
colors.green
50
#F0FDF4
100
#DCFCE7
200
#BBF7D0
300
#86EFAC
400
#4ADE80
500
#22C55E
600
#16A34A
700
#15803D
800
#166534
900
#14532D
Emerald
colors.emerald
50
#ECFDF5
100
#D1FAE5
200
#A7F3D0
300
#6EE7B7
400
#34D399
500
#10B981
600
#059669
700
#047857
800
#065F46
900
#064E3B
Teal
colors.teal
50
#F0FDFA
100
#CCFBF1
200
#99F6E4
300
#5EEAD4
400
#2DD4BF
500
#14B8A6
600
#0D9488
700
#0F766E
800
#115E59
900
#134E4A
Cyan
colors.cyan
50
#ECFEFF
100
#CFFAFE
200
#A5F3FC
300
#67E8F9
400
#22D3EE
500
#06B6D4
600
#0891B2
700
#0E7490
800
#155E75
900
#164E63
Sky
colors.sky
50
#F0F9FF
100
#E0F2FE
200
#BAE6FD
300
#7DD3FC
400
#38BDF8
500
#0EA5E9
600
#0284C7
700
#0369A1
800
#075985
900
#0C4A6E
Blue
colors.blue
50
#EFF6FF
100
#DBEAFE
200
#BFDBFE
300
#93C5FD
400
#60A5FA
500
#3B82F6
600
#2563EB
700
#1D4ED8
800
#1E40AF
900
#1E3A8A
Indigo
colors.indigo
50
#EEF2FF
100
#E0E7FF
200
#C7D2FE
300
#A5B4FC
400
#818CF8
500
#6366F1
600
#4F46E5
700
#4338CA
800
#3730A3
900
#312E81
Violet
colors.violet
50
#F5F3FF
100
#EDE9FE
200
#DDD6FE
300
#C4B5FD
400
#A78BFA
500
#8B5CF6
600
#7C3AED
700
#6D28D9
800
#5B21B6
900
#4C1D95
Purple
colors.purple
50
#FAF5FF
100
#F3E8FF
200
#E9D5FF
300
#D8B4FE
400
#C084FC
500
#A855F7
600
#9333EA
700
#7E22CE
800
#6B21A8
900
#581C87
Fuchsia
colors.fuchsia
50
#FDF4FF
100
#FAE8FF
200
#F5D0FE
300
#F0ABFC
400
#E879F9
500
#D946EF
600
#C026D3
700
#A21CAF
800
#86198F
900
#701A75
Pink
colors.pink
50
#FDF2F8
100
#FCE7F3
200
#FBCFE8
300
#F9A8D4
400
#F472B6
500
#EC4899
600
#DB2777
700
#BE185D
800
#9D174D
900
#831843
Rose
colors.rose
50
#FFF1F2
100
#FFE4E6
200
#FECDD3
300
#FDA4AF
400
#FB7185
500
#F43F5E
600
#E11D48
700
#BE123C
800
#9F1239
900
#881337