Use themes to share colors and font styles

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To share colors and font styles throughout an app, use themes. You can either define app-wide themes, or use Theme widgets that define the colors and font styles for a particular part of the application. In fact, app-wide themes are just Theme widgets created at the root of an app by the MaterialApp.

After defining a Theme, use it within your own widgets. Flutter’s Material widgets also use your Theme to set the background colors and font styles for AppBars, Buttons, Checkboxes, and more.

Creating an app theme

To share a Theme across an entire app, provide a ThemeData to the MaterialApp constructor.

If no theme is provided, Flutter creates a default theme for you.

  title: title,
  theme: ThemeData(
    // Define the default brightness and colors.
    brightness: Brightness.dark,
    primaryColor: Colors.lightBlue[800],
    accentColor: Colors.cyan[600],

    // Define the default font family.
    fontFamily: 'Georgia',

    // Define the default TextTheme. Use this to specify the default
    // text styling for headlines, titles, bodies of text, and more.
    textTheme: TextTheme(
      headline: TextStyle(fontSize: 72.0, fontWeight: FontWeight.bold),
      title: TextStyle(fontSize: 36.0, fontStyle: FontStyle.italic),
      body1: TextStyle(fontSize: 14.0, fontFamily: 'Hind'),

See the ThemeData documentation to see all of the colors and fonts you can define.

Themes for part of an application

To override the app-wide theme in part of an application, wrap a section of the app in a Theme widget.

There are two ways to approach this: creating a unique ThemeData, or extending the parent theme.

Creating unique ThemeData

If you don’t want to inherit any application colors or font styles, create a ThemeData() instance and pass that to the Theme widget.

  // Create a unique theme with "ThemeData"
  data: ThemeData(
    accentColor: Colors.yellow,
  child: FloatingActionButton(
    onPressed: () {},
    child: Icon(Icons.add),

Extending the parent theme

Rather than overriding everything, it often makes sense to extend the parent theme. You can handle this by using the copyWith() method.

  // Find and extend the parent theme using "copyWith". See the next
  // section for more info on `Theme.of`.
  data: Theme.of(context).copyWith(accentColor: Colors.yellow),
  child: FloatingActionButton(
    onPressed: null,
    child: Icon(Icons.add),

Using a Theme

Now that you’ve defined a theme, use it within the widgets’ build() methods by using the Theme.of(context) method.

The Theme.of(context) method looks up the widget tree and returns the nearest Theme in the tree. If you have a standalone Theme defined above your widget, that’s returned. If not, the app’s theme is returned.

In fact, the FloatingActionButton uses this technique to find the accentColor.

  color: Theme.of(context).accentColor,
  child: Text(
    'Text with a background color',
    style: Theme.of(context).textTheme.title,

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