Exploring the power of colour in your pet portrait

What colour will suit your custom pet portrait?

Here is my guide to help you.

When choosing the best colour background for your cat, dog or horse picture, it's worth taking into account their coat colour and markings to ensure contrast and visibility.

You can go for a calm, balanced feel (harmonious) or one that is vibrant and punchy (complementary).

Harmonious colours refer to combinations that are close to each other on the colour wheel and they will create a softer effect.

Complementary colours are pairs of colours that are opposite each other on the wheel creating a more dynamic effect. Complementary colours to your pet's fur can help make them stand out.

Think about the mood you want to convey too. Warm hues will create a sense of playfulness and energy whereas cool tones evoke serenity, elegance and calmness.

Lastly, consider where you are going to place your picture. Choose a background that harmonises with or complements the wall or room colour.

golden retriever dog portrait in letters on harmonious and complementary colour backgrounds

 black belgian malinois mix dutch shepherd on in letter design on a black background and lassa apso dog portrait in initial letter on dark grey


When picking a colour for your own unique pet portrait design have a think about which effect you find more appealing. If you're not sure don't worry. This is something I can help with when you place an order.


Below I have added a gallery of colour options and combinations to help you get an idea of what works, or appeals, to you.

Black / dark fur

Dark fur looks really smart on dark colours, just look at Nellie and Alice below. 

Dark background colours

But if you'd like them to 'pop' from their backgrounds you can put them on bright colours. Blacks, browns and greys work on most colours except, occasionally, some shades of blue.

Bright colour backgrounds


If you want to keep the look neutral you can never go wrong with a light grey because it always looks stylish.

Light grey backgrounds

White / pale fur

Light toned cats and dogs are also great on most backgrounds. This example shows Pablo on a selection and all 3 work really well.

Light toned pets on coloured backgrounds


The silvery grey creates a cooler mood, the turquoise is more vibrant and is complementary to his colouring and the deep red picks up the pinky tones on Pablo (harmonious) and adds warmth overall.

pets on backgrounds option 1


pets on backgrounds option 2

Other colours

Further examples of pets on other colour backgrounds including: blue tones; green shades; grey tones; reds and pinks and other colours.

Pets on Green backgrounds


Pets on red toned backgrounds
Pets on blue toned backgrounds


Pets on grey toned backgrounds


Pets on other coloured backgrounds