If you’re feeling overwhelmed trying to choose a t-shirt and ink color combination to use for your next design, don’t worry! With so many options to choose from in our design tool, we understand how it difficult it can be to pick a color combination that you love. With a little guidance from our design team, you will be able to find the perfect color combination in no time.
To find inspiration for your t-shirt design, explore 12 of our favorite t-shirt and ink color combinations that work every time!
1. Red & White
This color combination is a great choice to make a design really pop. Delicate linework shows up best when there’s a strong contrast between the ink color and the color of the t-shirt fabric. So any bright color ink printed on white apparel, or white ink printed on a dark shirt color will always look sharp. Design a red and white shirt.
2. Green & Gray
There’s just something about Green Ink on Gray clothing. Whether your green is more earthy or leaning toward Kelly Green or Teal, it’s bound to look awesome on our Gray apparel options. Our favorite green color combination is Kelly Green on our light or dark grey Crewneck Sweatshirts. Design a green and gray shirt.
3. Blue & White
Blue shirts are some of our best-selling products and for good reason. Blue is a calming and neutral color. Combining blue with white works well, whether you’re designing a shirt with a water theme, or looking for a calming color palette. Design a blue and white shirt.
4. Blue & Yellow
There’s something about combining blue and yellow that just works so well. The warmth of yellow tones meets with the cooling effect of blue tones to create a neutral design balance. Design a blue and yellow shirt.
👩🎨 Pro Tip from Our Designers
To add complexity, use a few shades of yellow and blue to really explore that complementary relationship even more.
5. Maroon & White
This color combination pairs so well together because of the high contrast between the maroon and white colors. Maroon shirts allow white designs to really pop, which is especially helpful when a design has delicate and thin lines. Bonfire’s Maroon Crewneck Sweatshirt is a wonderful apparel item to print on to achieve this look. Design a maroon and white shirt.
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6. Blue & Grey
Combine blues and greys to create a shirt that feels cool in tone. Because there are so many colors in the realm of blues and greys, and because we have so many types of blue and grey shirt colors to choose from, your possibilities are endless for this color combination. Design a blue and grey shirt.
7. Red, White & Blue
While on paper this color combination sounds limited to patriotic designs and flags, in practice it ends up working out really well for all sorts of designs. The primary colors of red and blue balance out well with the neutrality of white. Design a red, white and blue shirt.
8. Dark Blue & Light Blue
Blue ink on Blue shirts always ends up looking super great together. Just make sure that the blues being used have enough contrast so that the entire design will be visible on the shirt. Try light blue ink on a Midnight Navy tee, or royal blue ink on an Ice Blue tee. Design a dark blue and light blue shirt.
9. Red, Orange & Yellow
These warm tones, when combined, create beautiful designs that feel fun and energetic. Print a design with these desert-like tones on a similar colored apparel item, or neutral-toned tee for more balance between the shirt and design. Looking for more contrast? Choose a dark blue or purple to play off the reds and yellows in your design. Design a red, orange, and yellow shirt.
Color is fun, so if you don’t want to limit yourself, make the most of our 8-color limit. Something to keep in mind though, the price to screenprint is calculated on a per-color basis. To make maximize your campaign profits, we suggest keeping your color count down, especially if you’re using your shirt sales to raise money for a cause. But you can still have fun with all the colors of the rainbow, even if you only use 4 or 5 colors. Design a rainbow-colored shirt.
11. Neutral Colors
Earthy neutrals inspired by the colors of the land, sea, and sand combine so well together. If your design features images of nature, using a palette of earth tones carries on the message and tone of the shirt. Our Light Olive and Stone Grey both serve as fantastic backdrops for your neutral design. Design a shirt with neutral colors.
12. Bright Colors
Neon inks and bright shirt color combinations might not be right for all campaigns and causes, but going bright is a great way to create a shirt that exudes energy and positive vibes. Tahiti Blue and Neon Green are our most vibrant Unisex Tee colors, but the True Royal and Red Triblend Slouchy tanks are super bright as well! Design a shirt with bright colors.
No matter what ink and shirt colors you’re thinking of combining, make sure that there’s high contrast between the color of the apparel and the design being printed on the shirt. We’ve also written a super helpful guide about optimizing your design for print if screenprinting is a new thing for you.
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