2017-05-24

High-contrast terminal color schemes

The goals for both the Contrasty Brightness and Contrasty Darkness color schemes are to provide:

  1. High foreground to background contrast ratios including delicate combinations like yellow on white or blue on black
  2. High contrast ratios between all colors

Contrasty Brightness is particularly useful in very bright environments, e.g. outdoors.

Contrasty Darkness is particularly useful when trying to reduce light emissions while still ensuring enough contrast for text to be legible and colors to be distinguishable, e.g. at night with reduced display brightness.

Contrasty Brightness

Terminal using the Contrasty Brightness color scheme

Terminal using the Contrasty Brightness color scheme

  • .Xresources
  • Termite
  • Vim (Note: Colors are only embedded for Gvim. For Vim to use the same colors, you have to set them in your terminal.)
# black
color0:  #000000
color8:  #000000
# red
color1:  #cc0000
color9:  #cc0000
# green
color2:  #009a00
color10: #009a00
# yellow
color3:  #e0b600
color11: #e0b600
# blue
color4:  #0000ec
color12: #0000ec
# magenta
color5:  #ca00ca
color13: #ca00ca
# cyan
color6:  #00a0a0
color14: #00a0a0
# white
color7:  #cccccc
color15: #ffffff

Contrasty Darkness

Terminal using the Contrasty Darkness color scheme

Terminal using the Contrasty Darkness color scheme

  • .Xresources
  • Termite
  • Vim (Note: Colors are only embedded for Gvim. For Vim to use the same colors, you have to set them in your terminal.)
# black
color0:  #000000
color8:  #000000
# red
color1:  #ff0000
color9:  #ff0000
# green
color2:  #00ff00
color10: #00ff00
# yellow
color3:  #ffff00
color11: #ffff00
# blue
color4:  #008fff
color12: #008fff
# magenta
color5:  #ff00ff
color13: #ff00ff
# cyan
color6:  #00ffff
color14: #00ffff
# white
color7:  #aaaaaa
color15: #ffffff