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The Best Web Color Schemes

By Edited Jul 4, 2016 0 0

Web color schemes are something that any beginning designer or blogger are going to have to deal with. There’s a tendency to really go overboard and end up with a site that is going to be distracting from the actual focus of your site.

One thing that beginning designers really leave out a lot is white. It's boring right? However, it makes it a lot easier to read. It's a great background color and you'll be able to see a lot of free templates that already use these shades.

Background colors and patterns have become a little bit passé. However, as long as your main text still has a white background you can get away with a lot of darker chocolate browns. This could even just be a subtle shadow in almost any shade and it's these little details that really makes your design. The color code for white is #ffffff and it's a pretty popular tone.

Balanced Schemes

However, you can still use brighter colors to make things pop. This could be for your subheading as well as your link colors. This is a chance to use fun burgundies and fuchsias.

Can't decide which hue to use? Then you can add theme switchers or css switchers. This will give your users several color options that they can choose from. Some Wordpress themes will integrate this automatically.

We are also seeing a trend in the web design world of varying levels of opacity over a background image. This means the text color you choose is going to rely heavily on the actual background image that you use.

Play around with different shades. Dark tones can make a button look like its being pressed when it changes on rollover although this is somewhat of a classic and possibly outdated web design principle. Use dark and light colors to create the allusion of shadow.

You can venture out from the "web safe" color theory from a few years ago. This gives you a much more varied color palette and isn't as much as an issue as it used to be.

A signature color can really help you to build a brand, so that means that it should be bold such as turquoise. Then you can easily use different themes and give them a custom look. This is important if you're a professional blogger on a budget. It also allows you to change out your themes and headers for the holidays without confusing your readers. You can also use this principle to use different themes with your same logo to get the perfect marriage of form and function on a budget.

Consider what you're putting on the site to determine how daring your template should be. If you aren't going to use a lot of pictures then you can go with a popular notebook or paper style background. However, simpler themes are appropriate for gallery or portfolio themes so that your picture really pops.

Go Neutral

You're going to find a lot of templates that use tons of white, grays, and blacks. This looks really professional but face it, you don’t want your readers to yawn or feel like you didn't put any effort into your site. Typography is a great way to do this. It’s less expensive than buying a logo and it's one of the few areas where you can play around with the palette without having to do a lot of coding. It's easier to edit your web colors in Blogger than Wordpress. There are some Wordpress themes with easy to use boxes where you can select which shade that you want but it's really standard for any kind of Blogger template. This makes it easier for beginners and you can also just change it out seasonally.

Remember that function is important when it comes to blogs. Black text is a great way to go, although charcoal and light gray can also work. You can also switch it up with a gray background and white writing but you want to make sure that it doesn’t cause eye strain. These reverse color palettes are popular for music and movie sites just because of the dramatic air.

You might want to hold off on your web color schemes while you design your header. Photos will have tons of accent colors in them so it can be a wonderful place for a budding designer to start.

You might want to tailor the web color schemes to your actual topic. For instance, a food blog should be lively with lots of bright red and orange or any other appetizing tone. Health sites should be more soothing with purple and blue.

Cheerful Themes

You can also convey a sense of fun with your templates. News sites should look authoritative, with minimal header photos as well as simple typography. You can also feature several posts on one page through the use of the excerpt function.

However, if you have a scrapbooking or craft site then color as well as fun headers will reign supreme. Oftentimes these use lots of scrapbooking web graphics although you'll want to make sure that you follow all applicable copyright rules if you are designing it yourself.

If you're just looking for a clean white theme then find one with personality. Oftentimes the web owners will have several different versions so you don't have to do any coding; you just get to pick your favorite color palette.  As far as the actual code goes you're usually going to have six letter or number combinations.

Website Color Schemes Made Easy

Sometimes all you know about the design of your site is going to be your desired palette. You can easily search through Wordpress themes by color. Generators will easily help you to get the exact shade you're looking for. This can be a simple chart and if you design a lot you might want to have a printed chart close to your computer. However, you probably never know what it's going to look like until you actually get it up on your site.

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