19 Best Font Pairings You Should Check Out
Pairing fonts for your next design project doesn’t need to be complicated. Here are 19 incredible font combos and our tips on how to use them.
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When it comes to combining different typefaces, there are a few ways to go about it. You can opt for bold contrasts, such as a heavy slab serif font and a delicate cursive script; or pair similar fonts to give your design projects a more dynamic look, whilst building a cohesive brand image. Or even, pair two different weights or styles from the same font family for a more minimalist and elegant effect.
Today, we’re looking at some of the best font pairings. We’re also going to suggest what each pair would be best suited for.
Contrasting font pairs
Let’s start with some eye-catching combinations of completely different fonts that are sure to give your designs a very exciting look.
1. League Spartan & Libre Baskerville
This is a wonderful heading and body text combination, for modern yet elegant designs. The bulky sans serif League Spartan helps catch the viewers’ attention, while the classic free font Libre Baskerville adds a touch of sophistication. Great use of this font combo could be on a modern architecture website.
2. Lobster & Cabin
Lobster is one of the most popular script fonts, thanks to its quirky and playful look and high legibility. It would make a very good logo font and paired with the nice rounded letterforms of a sans serif font like Cabin, it would make a stunning combination for an aesthetic portfolio website or YouTube channel art.
3. Open Sans Extra Bold & Cooper Hewitt
Open Sans is a big font family and one that’s often used in web design. Pairing the bulky, round lettering (especially in uppercase) with the slender forms of Cooper Hewitt will certainly deliver a dramatic effect. The high contrast here is also achieved thanks to a stark difference in spacing between the letters: Open Sans has quite generous kerning, while Cooper Hewitt lettering is quite condensed.
4. Montserrat & Cardo
These two famous typefaces, both available on Google fonts, are pretty much polar opposites of each other. Montserrat is a sans serif font created by designer Julieta Ulanovsky and inspired by urban typography from the first half of the twentieth century. On the other hand, Cardo is a Unicode font that was created with Biblical scholars, medievalists and linguists in mind. It’s very decorative and has a calligraphy quality to it.
Together, however, they make for a really interesting combination, and the great thing about this font pairing is that you can get a completely different effect by switching them round from header to body text. For example, Cardo as a heading would be perfect for fancy restaurant menu design, while Montserrat’s clean look would fit a nice spa brochure.
5. Homemade Apple & Raleway
Raleway is a classic sans-serif typeface that can be used for almost any professional project, so it’s no surprise that it makes a wonderfully adaptable companion to some more intricate fonts. A particularly good combo is with this cute and quirky cursive script font that looks like it could belong in a school yearbook. As a body text typeface, Raleway will let any display font shine whilst delivering all the key information.
6. Abril Fatface & Josefin Sans
When it comes to quite different fonts, this pairing still makes a lot of sense. T x-height on both fonts (the height between the baseline and the mean, or middle line) is slightly lower, giving uppercase letters a long and lean look. Abril Fatface is a gorgeous font with a stark contrast in the line widths, making it a lovely display font that’s still very elegant. This captivating font combination would make a lovely choice for luxury hotel branding, as it’s both classy and professional.
7. Medula One & Lato
Medula One looks like the perfect font for signage inside a coffee shop or a small boutique. Although it’s rather decorative, it scores high for legibility. It looks like it’s inspired by old Gothic fonts, but is definitely a more modern and updated version. Lato was designed by Polish graphic designer Łukasz Dziedzic. Lato means “summer” in Polish, and this casual, breezy font definitely lives up to its name. There’s a certain hot and cold contrast in this pair that works really well: Medula One looks like a logo font you’d see on tea and mulled wine, while Lato would look really well in a drop shadow effect on a fizzy drink label.
8. Futura Bold & Bodoni
This font pair is probably the textbook definition of contrast done well: using a crisp, yet chunky font for the header and a slim and elegant typeface for the main copy. The stark difference between the two typefaces really delivers a punch, so a combination like this would be great on all sorts of flyers and brochures, helping people immediately notice that text, but thanks to high legibility also take in information quickly.
Complimentary font pairings
The following font combos include different fonts that still have certain similar qualities. That’s what makes these combinations perfect for rebranding projects if you want to retain a sense of brand identity while giving branding assets a more updated look.
9. Didact Gothic & Arimo
These two fonts look very much alike, but Didact Gothic has a slightly longer x-height, while Arimo is a bit more balanced. These slight differences allow the crisp sans serifs a more humanistic feel, making them a great choice as a web font for modern SaaS companies.
10. Playfair Display & Alice
If you’re after a gorgeous serif combo for your headings and body copy, these two make a stunning pair. Playfair Display has also got an italic version which you can use to give designs a gentler look. This stylish and romantic combo could be a great typography choice for wedding photographer websites or custom invitations. Both are available on Google Fonts!
11. Lora & Roboto
Lora is a lovely alternative to the classic Times New Roman font, and Roboto is a modern font with a very wide use (YouTube for example). You can use them both as a body copy and display font and the results will always be great. Thanks to their classic look, they’d be a great choice for more “serious” industries, and perfect for use in law firms or hospital branding.
12. Bebas Neue & Montserrat
Bebas Neue is one of the most popular display fonts, found on anything from YouTube thumbnails to logo design. Since it only comes in uppercase, when it comes to design projects it requires a secondary font to accompany it. Montserrat’s crisp, geometric features make a great pair.
13. Quicksand & Cormorant Garamond
Quicksand is a beautiful open source sans serif font designed by Andrew Paglinawan. It’s a geometric font with rounded terminals which gives it a very nice and approachable look (very good as display or logo font in the hospitality and food industry). Pairing with a more modern alternative of the classic font Garamond gives this pair a very stylish quality.
14. . Helvetica Neue & Garamond
Helvetica is one of, if not the most widely used font in professional design. It’s found on numerous famous logo designs, from Nestle to Fendi and Jeep. Helvetica Neue is a more modern adaptation that has the original’s versatile and clean look and it comes in several different weights and styles, Ultra Light to Extra Black Oblique. For that reason it pairs really well with a classic serif font like Garamond, making this font pair a perfect blend of old and new.
15. Lato & Oswald
If you want an exciting font combination that exudes professionalism and a crisp minimalist aesthetic, Lato and Oswald are great ones to consider. While the lettering has similar shapes, the different weights between the two typefaces add a very cool effect, still keeping the overall look of designs cohesive. They’re both great as webfonts, although you might need to adjust the kerning with the slightly heavier Oswald for more condensed body text.
Same font family pairings
Pairing two fonts from the same family can sometimes look a bit bland. However, these dynamic variations look equally sophisticated and cool, so if you want a clean and polished look for your designs definitely consider one of them!
16. Merriweather & Merriweather Sans
Merriweather is a serif font with an unusually crisp look (the strokes at the end of the letters are geometric and well balanced). This combo would be wonderful for print designs, anything from book covers to business cards!
17. Space Mono & Space Mono
Nope, this is not a typo. Some fonts have a really interesting and distinct look that looks best paired with itself. Space Mono is a monospace font designed by Colophon Foundry for Google Design. Thanks to its grotesque style it bears a heavy resemblance to headings from the 1960s. For that reason, this cool and edgy font is a perfect pick for all retro designs.
18. PT Sans & PT Serif
If you want a reliable and professional font combination, then you can’t go wrong with this one! It’s probably not going to add heaps of character to your design projects, but if you’re looking for free fonts you can use in larger publications with lots of text, then this is a good option to consider.
19. Archivo Black & Archivo Narrow
If you were unconvinced that two fonts from the same font family can make the perfect combo, then this pair will convince you otherwise! Archivo was designed for digital and print media in mind and these two variations follow suit. The different widths between the two types of letters add for a really dynamic effect, and the geometric lettering makes these fonts great to use in modern industries such as tech, data, or security.
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