Theming 101

    Every PatternFly Element is built to automatically utilize the colors defined in the palette, which you control! Generally speaking, the only thing you will need to do is re-define the CSS variables to match your brand and you’re done.

    Often components will make decisions about how to best utilize those colors, which is “baked in”. For example, a standard CTA, or call-to-action component, uses the standard link color in its default state. But, if you set the priority attribute value to primary, the CTA will make use of the accent color from the palette.

    <pfe-cta pfe-priority="primary">
        <a href="#">Primary</a>

    This is because the accent color should be the brightest and boldest, and the primary call-to-action should be the most attention-grabbing item on the page.

    Additionally, each component comes equipped to adjust its colors depending on where it’s placed on the page. For example, should you need to put a default CTA (which is blue) on a dark blue card, the CTA will need to adapt. You can do this by informing the component of its context (on a dark background) by giving the on attribute the value of dark.

    <pfe-card pfe-color="dark">
        <pfe-cta pfe-color="base">
            <a href="#">Default</a>

    Should you need to deviate from this color usage, and set your primary CTA to use the complement color from the palette, you may also pass a value of complement into the pfe-color attribute, like this:

    <pfe-cta pfe-priority="primary" pfe-color="complement">
        <a href="#">Primary</a>

    Please note that if you are opting to override colors of components, they will not automatically respond to the theme context any longer.