How to Switch Logo in Dark Mode

3 July 2020

I designed my website with two versions of the logo - one for light mode and another for dark mode. In this article, I'll share how I switched the color of the logo in light/dark mode.

Light and Dark Logo Grid

When it came to implementing this design, I was a bit confused about how to go about switching between these two versions when either dark/light mode is selected.

I found a way to do this, and I'll share how I was able to achieve it. I'm open to hearing how you'll typically implement this if you were trying to. You can reach out on Twitter always open to learning new methods of solving a problem.

Let's dive into it!! So I've got an image tag with the dark-outline logo. It'll serve as the default logo that you see when you're on light mode.

<img class="logo" src="../assets/img/logo.png" alt="original logo" />

Solution: Using CSS Variables

We can use CSS custom properties(CSS Variables) to solve this problem. Here's what I did, I defined a variable in the variables.scss called logo for both dark and light mode and set it as the background image, which you'll see in a moment.

body {
  --logo: url(logo.png) no-repeat;


body[data-theme="dark"] {
  --logo: url(logo-light.png) no-repeat;

Then I applied the following style to the .logo class on the image. It sets the background image to both versions of the logo depending on which one is selected. The background-size and height properties help position the image directly on top of the original image.

.logo {
  display: block;
  -moz-box-sizing: border-box;
  box-sizing: border-box;
  background: var(--logo);
  background-size: 60px;
  height: 80px;
  padding-left: 100px;

switching between dark and light mode

That's it! I now have two different versions of my logo for dark and light mode. If you're interested in seeing the implementation in more detail, the code for my website is open-source, and you can check it out.

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