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Colors
Colors in aragonUI are managed by its theming system. An aragonUI theme is a set of colors assigned to a predefined palette. All aragonUI components use colors from this palette, making it possible to swap the theme for another one dynamically. aragonUI includes two themes by default, light and dark, but any other can be provided.

Usage

The theme palette can be obtained in a component by using the useTheme() hook:
function App() {
const theme = useTheme()
return (
<Main>
<p
css={`
color: ${theme.negative};
`}
>
Negative content
</p>
</Main>
)
}

Notes

Colors meant to be applied on text are indicated using the Content suffix. The reason why it is not using Text is because these also apply to other outline content like icons.
When a color like foo is followed by a color named fooContent, it generally means that foo should be used as a background color for fooContent.
Gradients are defined using the Start and End suffixes.
Colors don’t include opacity. When using aragonUI’s useTheme(), the .alpha(0.5) method can be used on any color. It will apply the desired opacity and return the result as a CSS color using the rgba() syntax.

Palette groups

This section describes the palette colors and how they should be used. The groups are created based on how they relate to each other.

Base

The colors defined in this group are either used by default (border, content, overlay), or on the base layer (background).

background

The base layer on which apps are being rendered.

border

The border color used everywhere by default, except in specific cases like controlBorder.

overlay

The color used for overlays. Some components using an overlay color are SidePanel or Modal.

content

The base color for text and outline content. To be used over background.

contentSecondary

Secondary color for text and outline content. To be used over background.
Used as a base color for links.

focus

The color for focus rings.

accent

The accent color can be used to put an emphasis on a component or a certain part of a component, without any specific semantic.

accentContent

To be used for text and outline content over accent.

accentStart / accentEnd

This is the gradient equivalent of accent.

Surface

The main surface as defined by aragonDS and its different states. This group of colors is used by components providing surfaces: Box, DataView, the default Button, the Slider handle, and many more.

surface

The background color used for surfaces.

surfaceContent

The primary color used for text and outline content over surface.

surfaceContentSecondary

The secondary color used for text and outline content over surface.

surfaceIcon

This color is generally used for icons over surface. Note: in some cases, icons over surface are also using surfaceContent or surfaceContentSecondary.

surfaceUnder

This is used as a background base for surfaces that appear to be at a lower level than the parent surface itself. For instance, the DataView component is using this color for its entry expansion, which opens underneath the primary surface provided by DataView.

surfaceOpened

Communicates that a surface is being “opened”, generally revealing a surface using surfaceUnder underneath. The DataView component is using this color for the side border of its entry expansion.

surfaceSelected

Indicates that a surface, or a part of it, is being selected. This is the color DataView is using to indicate that an entire row is selected.

surfaceHighlight

Indicates that a surface, or a part of it, is being highlighted. This color could be used to reflect a hover or focused state.

surfacePressed

Indicates that a surface, or a part of it, is being pressed − either by a pointer or a touch event.

Info

Used to indicate informative content in general.

info

This info color is generally stronger than infoSurface. It should be used for icons, borders, etc.

infoSurface

The surface info color, generally softer than info. It should be used for background colors.

infoSurfaceContent

To be used for text and outline content over infoSurface.

Feedback

Used to signal feedback, in the broad sense. For instance, this set of colors is used to show the status of a transaction in the signing panel.

feedbackSurface

Use this color as a background color for feedback.

feedbackSurfaceContent

The primary color to be used for text and outline content over feedbackSurface.

feedbackSurfaceContentSecondary

The secondary color to be used for text and outline content over feedbackSurface.

Warning

Used to indicate warnings.

warning

This warning color is generally stronger than warningSurface. It should be used for icons, borders, etc.

warningSurface

The surface warning color, generally softer than warning. It should be used for background colors.

warningSurfaceContent

To be used for text and outline content over warningSurface.

Help

Used for elements related to helping the user.

help

This help color is generally stronger than helpSurface and should be used for icons, borders, etc.

helpContent

To be used for text and outline content over help.

helpSurface

This help color is generally softer than help and should be used for background colors.

helpSurfaceContent

To be used for text and outline content over helpSurface.

Positive

Used to communicate something positive. It can be used for successful operations, but also for other things like voting “Yes”.

positive

Use this color to communicate positive information (e.g. success, an action to vote yes).

positiveContent

To be used for text and outline content over positive.

positiveSurface

A softer positive, to be used when a large amount of information needs to be communicated.

positiveSurfaceContent

To be used for text and outline content over positiveSurface.

Negative

Used to communicate something negative. It can be used for errors, but also for other things like voting “No”.

negative

Use this color to communicate negative information (e.g. error, an action to vote no).

negativeContent

To be used for text and outline content over negative.

negativeSurface

A softer negative, to be used when a large amount of information needs to be communicated. For instance, the Info component uses it as a background color in error mode.

negativeSurfaceContent

To be used for text and outline content over negativeSurfaceContent.

Tag

This set of colors is used by the Tag component and its different modes.

tagIdentifier

Used to identify or label a subject.

tagIdentifierContent

To be used for text and outline content over tagIdentifier.

tagNew

Used to indicate that a subject is new, or updated.

tagNewContent

To be used for text and outline content over tagNew.

tagIndicator

Used for indicators in the general sense.

tagIndicatorContent

To be used for text and outline content over tagIndicator.

tagActivity

Used to represent some activity that happened, like a number of notifications.

tagActivityContent

To be used for text and outline content over tagActivity

Badge

This colors are used for badge-like components: IdentityBadge, AppBadge, etc.

badge

The background color of badge-like components.

badgeContent

To be used for text and outline content over badge.

badgePressed

The pressed state of badge.

Floating

Floating elements, like tooltips.

floating

The background color of a floating element.

floatingContent

To be used for text and outline content over floating.

Controls

Colors related to controls, that could be used in forms or elsewhere.

hint

Used for hints (or placeholders) inside of text input or similar components.

selected

Indicates a selection in the broad sense.

selectedContent

To be used for text and outline content over selected.

selectedDisabled

Indicates a selection in the broad sense, when disabled (non-interactive).

disabled

The background color of disabled components like Button.

disabledContent

The text or outline content to be used over disabled.

disabledIcon

This color is generally used for icons over disabled. Note: icons over disabled could also be using disabledContent.

control

Used as a background color for some control components like Checkbox, Radio or Switch.

controlBorder

Used as a border color for some control components like Checkbox, Radio or Switch.

controlBorderPressed

Used as a border color for the pressed state of some control components like Checkbox, Radio or Switch.

controlDisabled

The background color for the disabled state of some control components like Checkbox, Radio or Switch.

controlSurface

This is used as a surface color for elements of control components that appear at an upper level. For instance, the Switch component is using this color for its handle.

controlUnder

This is used as a background base for elements of control components that appear to be at a lower level. For instance, the Switch component is using this color for its inner base.

Colors

These colors can be used when a color is needed for its semantics. An example could be a chart using a red and a blue curve. Even if their theme is different, two users should still be able to refer to these by using the terms “red” or “blue”.
Themes are free to implement their own variation of these colors, but they should respect the naming (e.g. green can vary, but should use a color that is commonly accepted to be “green”).
Available color names:
  • green
  • yellow
  • red
  • blue
  • brown
  • purple
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Usage
Notes
Palette groups
Base
Surface
Info
Feedback
Warning
Help
Positive
Negative
Tag
Badge
Floating
Controls
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