Your interface likely uses an accent color to highlight interactive elements. It’s usually your brand color or another color you’ve designated. When you use the same accent color on multiple elements, they compete with each other. You should avoid doing this because it scatters the user’s attention and lowers their efficiency.
Different interactive elements that share the same accent color can cause confusion. Users need to be able to differentiate between different controls based on priority and function. When they see your accent color everywhere, it becomes noise instead of the signal they need for interaction.
The example below uses a blue accent for interactive elements. Since they’re all competing with each other, the primary element (call-to-action button) is drowned out by the noise. As a result, users will find it more difficult to complete their tasks. Not only that, but all that blue noise makes the screen look overwhelming. It requires more cognitive effort to process each interface component.
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