commerce – Best way to set up attributes/variations


This is probably an embarrassingly basic question, but I haven’t been able to find a definitive answer after a fair bit of searching.

If you’re setting up a store with Drupal Commerce (2.x, in Drupal 8), and each of your products come in a variety of colours, but the range of colours is different for each product – should Colour be a single attribute, added to a single product variation type, and then assigned to a single product type (assuming no other significant variations in product structure)?

Or should each specific set of colours be a different attribute and/or a different product variation type, which I suppose would mean each individual product would need a unique product type?

To clarify, we’re talking several dozen products, each of which might come in anywhere from 10-30 unique colours that are only used for that one product, so the total possible number of colours would be well into the hundreds, if that makes a difference.

I’d like to set this up in the most efficient and user-friendly way possible, since the staff who will be maintaining the site and adding items in the future may not be very technical… So the less configuration they have to do for new products, the better. But on the other hand, having hundreds or thousands of colours showing up in a single dropdown when they’re trying to create product variations might be overwhelming.