For others:

My Question got answered, but in a different way. The answer basically is that:

  • it wouldn't make much of a difference and
  • That "We have (...) standards like Red for love, passion,violence and Blue for calm,serene,corporate etc. Grey for war, Red for drama, Dark green for horror do not really help the user make that association."

Big thank you to Shreyas Tripathy

I have an app that contains different Movies and so there are different Movie Genres. The user can click on a movie and get more information about it (Description, Details, Actors,...)

What I would like to achieve/do is that if the user opens up the Detail View the Background should slightly change, depending on the genre of the movie (Colors are a strong way to set the mood for something, and if the color matches the association to that genre, that would set a comfortable mood - I guess) (I know there can not be a definite answer, but there must be a common practice):

(Is there a common practice to color a Movie Genre? p.E.: Do Movie Posters follow a common practice, like: Romance Movies mostly are red, Sci-Fi mostly white, War mostly brown,...? Or is there nothing like this and I have to go for own associations?)

p.E Like:

  • Action (Blue)
  • Adventure (Green)
  • Comedy (Yellow)
  • Crime & Gangster (Purple)
  • Drama (Red)
  • Historical (Gold)
  • Horror (DarkGreen)
  • Musicals (Orange)
  • Sci-Fi (Silver)
  • War (Grey)
  • Western (Brown)

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Here's what I feel. Color coding is very good way of setting the mood but overusing it makes the concept lose its purpose. Here's why:

  • The idea behind color coding is to set a tone the application/environment/website/etc. You want the user to be able to associate a color with a concept but if there are too many colors, the brain wouldn't want to make those associations as it is too gruesome.

  • Standards - We have some standards like Red for love, passion,violence and Blue for calm,serene,corporate etc. However, Grey for war, Red for drama, Dark green for horror aren't that standard or obvious. Hence, they do not really help the user make that association.

Should you do it? That would be up to you now because I feel like it won't have the utility you want it to have but maybe you can use it as a feature while pitching your product.

  • So having "grey-ish" main Colors like '#f2f2f2', '#161616' ,... and only one blue Main-Color would not go well with my "idea", I guess? - Basically it is not worth it, because it would't make much of an impact? May 23, 2017 at 10:42
  • @DanielMaurer - I am sorry I don't follow. You're calling the greys your main colors and then the blue as the main color too. Could you clarify? May 23, 2017 at 10:44
  • I am sorry blue is my accent color (for Highlights,..). The UI consist of decent colors and I have blue as my accent color. I wanted the UI to not get much attention but the content to stick out and set the mood. - A bad idea? This is my first bigger project. May 23, 2017 at 10:54
  • @DanielMaurer - Understood. I want to make sure that my answer didn't create any confusion between color scheme and color tone (just wanted to get that out of the way) You color scheme seems fine to me. You have the dark grey as a background and the light grey as menu background or vice versa. Blue is the accent color. You can easily have hover or active state colors picked from the various blue tones. Was this your concern? May 23, 2017 at 10:56
  • As far as focus on the content is concerned, do what most movie/video related sites do. Have the movie poster as the background of the detail view container. That would stick out of the dark/light background and you won't have to worry about your website looking like a traffic light May 23, 2017 at 10:59

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