Data color techniques

You can color the data in your reports using one of the following techniques:


  • Color by the dimension value. E.g., "France" is always represented in blue. This is the default behavior for new reports.
  • Color by the order of the dimension data. E.g., the first series is always blue.
  • Use shades of a single color (e.g. in pie charts).
  • Color metrics and geo map regions.


Color by dimension values

The Dimension values option is available when your chart has a breakdown dimension. This option colors each dimension value in your charts with specific colors. Coloring by dimension values ensures that your data uses color consistently, regardless of the position of that data in the chart. This option uses a dimension value color map to associate colors with dimension values.

For example, let's say you want France to always be dark blue in your charts. Using the color by dimension value option, you can assign that color to the value "France." Every chart that includes "France" as a value will use that color for that data series.

Data Studio automatically assigns colors to your dimension values, but you can also choose your own colors.


In the charts below, the colors used for each dimension stay constant, even if their position in the chart changes: France is always blue, Germany is always red, India is always green

Example of coloring by dimension value.

Example of coloring by dimension value.

Color by series order

The Series order option colors the data according to its position in the chart. This option emphasizes the ranking of the data over the identity of the data. This option uses the current theme to color the data.

For example, let's say you want the highest valued dimension to always appear in green. Using the color by series order option, you can assign that color to the first color swatch in the current theme.


These charts use the color by series order (called slice order in the Pie Chart properties panel) option. Here, dark blue represents the highest valued dimension, rather than a specific country.

Example of coloring by series order

Example of coloring by series order.

Single color

Pie charts offer an explicit single color option. Use this to display the pie slices in shades of the selected color, as shown in the example below.

Example of coloring with a single color.

Example of coloring with a single color.

Color metrics

Metrics get their default colors from the current report theme. You can use custom colors for metrics in selected charts by editing the STYLE properties for those charts.

Learn how to create custom colors.

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