When it comes to playing with color, I am a believer that having too many is never enough. However, when it comes to design, it's better to pick one color and build around it, limiting your choices to around three complementary colors. In web (or blog) design, I typically use Pinterest to drum up some palettes by searching for the color of my choice.
The color palette options are endless.
Sometimes it is necessary to take your "favorite" color out of the equation when deciding on a color scheme for your own home on the web. No matter how much you may love Barbie pink, a blog about food should have a more neutral look at feel. Blogs about being a teacher or stay at home mom tend to be more calming as though the hectic day to day can't impact your soothing place to blog. Designers in general are some of the few who can get away with the bold and "out there" looks.
That said, I have chosen 10 of my favorite colors palettes to show case and inspire each and every one of you!
This first palette offers warm tones. The lighter hues are perfect for backgrounds while using that bright redish color as your accent. Paired with an all caps font like MarkoFontina and a gorgeous script like Alex Brush will round out the entire look of your website while keeping it warm, welcoming and classy.
Despite the feel of Christmas with the reds and greens shown here, if played up with using the green solely as an accent, this palette would be just right for a down on the farm or homestead feel. Accent fonts like Nexa Rust would bring just a pinch of flair to any design using this palette.
I have often used food as inspiration. There is something just beautiful about the inside of a kiwi or, as above, the sweet reds and pinks of a strawberry. Pulling the natural greens and even yellows from the tops of the strawberries makes for a playful look that shows the writer isn't afraid to play with color. Keep your fun look flowing with a font such as Kashan Script and your readers will have something easy on the eyes and striking to view.
I am a big believer that less can often be more and for food bloggers, I adore this color scheme. It reminds me of a kitchen full of warmth and, hopefully, cookies. The neutral look will compliment any and all your favorite foodie photos and fonts like Quicksand and Allura will provide a classic elegance to every page.
In keeping with the neutral palettes, here is another that is absolutely to die for. The darker greens and salmony pinks lend an air of clean and green making this a perfect palette for anyone with a green thumb and a gardening based blog. Fonts used should be light and airy with a hint of flair, such as Seaside Resort. Consider using a background resembling burlap and I think you'll have a blue ribbon blog!
Have you ever met someone who didn't like pink? I didn't think anyone existed who wasn't as in love with the color of love as I was. But then I started designing and I noticed a jump in numbers for the bloggers requesting calming yet flirty palettes. That's where this color palette comes in. Mixing the neural greens with the dramatic almost black browns and you have a look that sets the tone for those of you with sarcastic and witty personalities. Let your true self shine with fonts like Blackjack or Novecento.
Proving that all creatures big or small can lend an eye for color to a color palette, I love the bright hues of this little dragonfly. Perfect for the blogger with an emphasis on beauty, this palette screams "read me". Caption those tutorials with fonts such as HVD Bodedo and you've got perfect pairing and gorgeous style.
Every time I see this palette I picture whimsy fonts like Grand Hotel paired with beautiful images of home decor DIY's and rich tutorials of how to build things from palettes. Blogworld is chock full of bloggers lending their talents to home decor tutes and designs so why not choose a classic palette to make your blog stand out rather than fade into all the others out there?
The gorgeous green is what makes this otherwise fairly calm and classic palette stand out. Use the orangey-red to highlight your blog post titles and then take the extra step to make sure they are memorable by using a chalkboard style font such as FFF Tusj to really make your readers eyes pop!
And lastly, for those bloggers feeling that neutral and light just wont cute it, use a palette that enhances all the senses at one time. These colors would normally not compliment one another but when pulled together with a deep inky colored text and fonts like Chunk Five and headings with Arizona you have yourself the most poppy and memorable blog on the block!
Now that you have all the color inspiration you could possibly need, go look up some fonts and give your blog a make over. Not sure where to start? Email me and let's talk about a clean and fresh new design at the most affordable prices out there. And did I mention custom? :)
What are your favorite colors? What draws your eye most about design? Leave me a comment and lets chat about all things color and palette inspired!