When using CU Boulder branded colors, it is important to use accessible combinations that follow the most recent Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) color contrast requirements. Accessible and inaccessible combinations are listed below. Please note that WCAG has different contrast requirements for normal-sized text and large text; if a combination passes accessibility requirements for one and not the other, that has been noted below.

The hex codes tested for the CU Brand Colors are as follows:

  • Black (#000000)
  • CU Dark Gray (#565A5C)
  • CU Light Gray (#A2A4A3)
  • CU Gold (#CFB87C)
  • Web Express Blue (#0377BD)
  • White (#FFFFFF)

Accessible Color Combinations

  • White and Black
  • White and CU Dark Gray
  • White and Web Express Blue
  • Black and CU Light Gray
  • Black and CU Gold

Accessible Color Combinations for Large Text Only

These color combinations should not be used for the body of text; consider usage carefully.

  • Black and CU Dark Gray
  • Black and Web Express Blue
  • CU Dark Gray and CU Gold

Inaccessible Color Combinations

These color combinations should not be used at any scale for content that is intended to be read. 

  • White and CU Light Gray
  • White and CU Gold
  • CU Dark Gray and CU Light Gray
  • CU Dark Gray and Web Express Blue
  • CU Light Gray and CU Gold
  • CU Light Gray and Web Express Blue
  • CU Gold and Web Express Blue