Angular Material comes with pre-built themes to make getting started easy. Once you’ve picked a theme such as indigo-pink, you may want to re-use the base colours in your own components for consistency.

Instead of creating your own scss variables, I would suggest copying base colours from Angular Material.

Let’s copy $primary and $accent colours from Angular Material:

@import "[email protected]/material/theming"; // Copy colour palettes individually $app-primary: mat-palette($mat-indigo); $app-accent: mat-palette($mat-pink); // Create variables to use in project $primary: mat-color($app-primary); $accent: mat-color($app-accent);
Code language: SCSS (scss)

Assuming you’re working on a real project and not a hello-world app, you should consider creating a file to keep these variables.

Code language: Bash (bash)

As this is a new file, Angular compiler needs to know about it.

Go ahead and add it to the styles array in your angular.json:

"styles": [ "src/assets/_variables.scss" ]
Code language: JSON / JSON with Comments (json)

Finally, you can import the new variables file in any component and use $primary and $accent:

@import "./../../../assets/_variables"; .entry { background-color: $primary; }
Code language: CSS (css)

So there you have it! This is how I re-use colours from Angular Material to keep things consistent.

Do you know any other way to do this? Let me know in the comments below!

Umut Esen

I am a software developer and blogger with a passion for the world wide web.

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