We add imagery to our stories using color. The color of hair, eyes, complexion, along with other attributes allows the reader to visualize our characters. Color allows us to set a scene—the soft greens of a woodland, the vibrant reds, oranges, and gold of a summer garden, and the vermilion of a sunset.
What would a regency romance be without colorful garments and opulent ballrooms? Does the choice of color for a contemporary heroine's blouse tell the reader something about her character? Does the colorful plaide of a Highlander inspire courage?
Color is important. We need to fill our stories with living color.
I recently participated in a cover design workshop and learned the importance of color on the cover of a romance novel. Depending on the background, certain text colors recede while others pop. We want our cover colors to catch the eye, especially as a thumbnail.
Do you find color important in romance novels?