I have a login page that I need to notify the user when they put in the wrong user name and password. I can handle all the validation stuff, but my question is what colors should I use that will grab the user's attention that something is wrong and says "Look at me!"? I posted an example of the colors I currently have. The background is the color I have to use, but I need to know what color to change the textbox background and the error message to. I need the colors to look professional and go with the background color.
I've attached my example website.
Both styles look ok and both make the fields stand out, although the field with the background-color applied to it stands out more
I'd be tempted to change the border-color of the field that has the background-color applied to it; I'd go with a red instead of a grey, but darker than the background-color...
[disclaimer] I'm a developer not a designer ;)