Planners either seem to be very colorful or neutral (black and white). If you’re having trouble deciding, here are the pros and cons of each!
Colorful versus neutral
- More and more planner companies are switching to neutral color schemes so there are plenty of planners to choose from
- Can decorate with whatever colors you like without them clashing with the planner
- You choose what colors to decorate your planner with
- Gender neutral
- More layouts to choose from (if you want an alternative from the traditional vertical, horizontal & hourly formats)
- Tend to have a plain cover that you can’t personalise
- If you don’t decorate with stickers, or use highlighters or colored pens, your planner can get boring, real fast
- No decorating required – can just use black pen
- Can save money on decorating as the planner is already colorful
- Most colorful planners also personalise the cover for you (Plum Paper, Erin Condren, Limelife, Purple Trail etc.)
Related: Limelife Planners Layout C review
- If you like to use lots of colors to color code, they can clash with the colors of the planner
- Most day to a page planners are neutral color scheme so can be hard to find with a colorful design
- Tend to be more expensive as you have to pay for color printing throughout plus colorful cover
- The ‘free’ personalisation that comes with most colorful planners… which almost always makes them more pricey than a neutral alternative
- The color schemes of some colorful planners are gross
Which do I prefer?
I used to be 100% team colorful but nowadays, I find myself gravitating more towards neutral planners. They have more functional layouts (I’m so bored with the typical vertical, hourly and horizontal layouts) and I can decorate with whatever colors I like.
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