This Horizontal bar chart uses a diverging color palette to display survey questions with a range from positive to negative responses

Using Different Types of Palettes

Our latest version of Mekko Graphics now gives you the ability to have multiple custom palettes for your charts. Here you will find palettes that we have created to make it easy for you to download and change the look of your charts quickly.

We have provided you with 3 types of palettes used for representing different types of data:

  • Qualitative palettes used for depicting different categories
  • Sequential palettes for showing ordered data
  • Diverging palettes used for representing continuous data where both low and high values are important

 

Using Different Types of Palettes

Qualitative — colors do not have a perceived order.

Qualitative palettes are excellent for marimekko charts, bar charts and pie charts, where colors correspond to categories.

These palettes give the same visual weight to each category so that no group is perceived to be larger or more important than any other one.

Here a Marimekko Chart shows individual projects

Here a Marimekko Chart shows individual projects. This chart uses our “Polo” color palette.

 

Sequential — colors have a perceived order and perceived difference between successive colors is uniform.

Sequential palettes are suited to ordered data that progress from low to high. Lightness steps dominate the look of these schemes, with light colors for low data values to dark colors for high data values.

Here a cascade chart uses a sequential palette to show individual bussiness line contributions to total expenses

Here a cascade chart uses a sequential palette to show individual bussiness line contributions to total expenses.

Diverging — two back-to-back sequential palettes starting from a common color.

Diverging palettes put equal emphasis on mid-range critical values and extremes at both ends of the data range. The critical class or break in the middle of the legend is emphasized with light colors and low and high extremes are emphasized with dark colors that have contrasting hues.

This horizontal bar chart uses a diverging color palette to display survey questions with a range from positive to negative responses

This Horizontal bar chart uses a diverging color palette to display survey questions with a range from positive to negative responses.

You can download these and other palettes from our Color Palettes page.