Does Material guidelines say anything about text color in warning modals?

I was told by my project manager to put the text inside a warning modal in red, but I think it looks ugly. I tried to find something about it on the Material guideline, but couldn't find anything. What color is it recommended to put as font color inside a warning modal and how do I tell the user this is particularly important without changing the font color?


It doesn't say that it's wrong, and so I am not sure if it's ok and what might be better.

  • It depends on the space occupied by the text and the design of the modal, any mockup?
    – Danielillo
    Commented Aug 25, 2022 at 14:01
  • Is it a modal or a warning dialog? In the first case, you can include whatever you want, there are no guidelines relating to color in modals other than the generic ones. If it's a warning alert, you can use red. Either way, remember Material is just a set of guidelines, it's not like you have to follow them to the A
    – Devin
    Commented Aug 25, 2022 at 14:13

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Colored background, black text is what is commonly used across multiple design systems for warning dialogs, and thus would be understandable by users. Depending on severity, yellow, orange, or pink/red are the background colors commonly used.

Warning dialogs example 1

Warning dialogs example 2

The problem with using red text for all warnings is that it's used for error states. That's a different case from a warning, which might not always be caused by a user error.

Error message example in red

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