A guide to matching phone and case colors.
#Introduction and swatches.
I’ve seen a bunch of people asking about which cases go with their preferred iPhone color. Apple released their studio tool but that doesn’t give recommendations, only the ability to mix and match, so I figured I’d throw together a guide using palette and color theory tools. You can use this to match phone/case/wallet combos or as an idea of what colors you might want if you’re getting an aftermarket or custom case/skin.
Below are a bunch of color codes that were pulled from Apple’s [promo images](https://store.storeimages.cdn-apple.com/4982/as-images.apple.com/is/iphone-12-mini-blue-select-2020?wid=470&hei=556&fmt=png-alpha&.v=1604343706000), specifically from the camera module since that’s what will be visible.
Non-Pro Color| Code | Pro Color| Code
—|— | —|—
White| f8f5f3 | Graphite| 403e3a
Black | 38373b | Silver | dadbd6
Blue | 2a5175 | Gold | e9d4b7
Green | e6f5e3 | Blue | 244455
Red | f26666 |
Now for the matching:
#Websites and how to use them.
ColorSpace is the easiest option. Copy the color code of your choice, plug it into the field, and press generate. You’re going to see a ton of different palettes that work well together. People seem to have the most problem with gold so I’ll use that as an example. Once you plug in the code, you get [this](https://mycolor.space/?hex=%23E9D4B7&sub=1). You aren’t looking to match all the colors, just using it as a general guide.
The first thing you’ll probably notice is that the colors at the end of the generic gradient are very similar to the navy and green silicone cases. This means that you’ll get a [pleasing color combo](https://store.storeimages.cdn-apple.com/4982/as-images.apple.com/is/MHL43_AV5?wid=572&hei=572&fmt=jpeg&qlt=95&op_usm=0.5,0.5&.v=1601423725000) by going with those cases. You can also use it to match several accessories. If you go further down to the neighbor palette, you’ll see colors very similar to kumquat and brown which means that you’re likely to get a pleasing color combo from a gold iPhone with a kumquat case and saddle brown wallet. It’s essentially a mix and match of phone, case, and wallet colors that work together.
Paletton isn’t as simple to use but has more features. [Here](https://i.imgur.com/t6pAxf0.png) is a screenshot that I’ll be referring to.
1. This is where you input your color code.
2. This is where you select your color scheme. They all “work” and you can add a complementary color via the toggle to the right.
3. The presets will show you a bunch of different color options based on what you chose for steps one and two. Click on them to expand it to the main swatches on the right side. Just keep in mind that the further the preset is from the one on the top left the further it is from the base color of the phone from step one.
4. This gives you a visual representation of what the color combo will look like via various patterns. I’d recommend switching to one of the “artwork” examples. I prefer the tartan but you can use whatever you prefer.
Once you get the hang of it, you’d use it the same way you would the ColorSpace site but you get a bit more leeway for adjusting color and a visual representation of how those colors work together.
This isn’t a definitive or in-depth guide, just a general description and some tools to help you make you decisions. As such, there are some limitations to this guide:
– The swatches are pulled from Apple’s website and as such may not be fully representative of what the phones look like in person. The difference in the colors for white and silver phones are pretty small when they might not be in person, for example.
– Just because colors “work” doesn’t mean you’re going to like them. Use this as a rough guide but your eyes and tastes should be the final metric with what you go with.
– I’d recommend using the above sites in conjunction with the [iPhone 12 Studio](https://experience.apple/iphone) that Apple recently released to see what the color combo will look like on the actual hardware.