Today is Day 3 in the graphic design for bloggers series, and we’re looking at choosing a colour scheme for your blog. Color is an essential element of your blog. The palette you use is a representation of your blog’s brand and can have an effect on readers without them even realising.
Your colors should match the message you wish to send, and they should be consistently used in all promotional materials. Social media imagery, post graphics, blog banner and other promotional materials should carry out variations of the same color palette.
With all of the colors available to you, choosing just a few can be a daunting task. Follow these tips to choose a color scheme that works for your blog, and youíll soon be taking the first step toward developing your online image.
Understand Color Theory
Color theory is the principle that color evokes a mood or feeling. Letís look at the common associations that exist with some basic colors.
- Red has a lot of different meanings attached to it. It can be a symbol of love, but can also elicit anger. The shade you choose will help to define your intent and should likely be used sparingly in your designs.
- Blue is frequently attached to a feeling of sadness; however, it’s also been shown to evoke trust in consumers. Blue can be seen as serene and calming, as well.
- Green also comes with a wide array of meanings. Some people associate money with green, while health and wellness can also be represented by shades of green.
- Yellow is bright and sunny, signifying happiness and energy.
- Orange is another energetic color that elicits an image of confidence and success.
- Pink is a color that evokes a feminine or compassionate vibe.
Basics of a Color Palette
You should choose no more than four to six colors for your palette. If you’re using black or white as main contributors, don’t count them toward this number. You can use up to three main colors for elements like your logo, header, graphics, backgrounds and patterns.
Choose one or two accent colors for a pop of contrast on buttons, bold text and icons. Finally, you’ll want to add a neutral color or two to add balance. You’ll want to mix things up between dark, light, contrast and neutral colors.
Set the Mood
A good way to play with various combinations and to narrow things down is to create a board on Pinterest. You may set the board to private if you wish, and then start Pinning images that create the tone of the vision you have for your brand. If you have certain colors in mind, use them.
Otherwise, just start Pinning images that interest you to see if a pattern develops. You can then discard Pins that don’t make sense and use what remains to pull from.
If you have PhotoShop, you can create a mood board and use the eyedropper tool to grab colors from the board. If this step is too advanced for you, look at websites like Coolors or ColourLovers where you can easily generate a palette.
Here’s a screenshot of a branding palette I made over at Coolors, complete with the html codes for each color to make it easier to generate the exact colors in different editing software.
Obviously this may take some time, but have fun with it. Go with your instincts and don’t let yourself become overwhelmed with obtaining the perfect combination. Choosing your brand’s color palette should be a fun and creative process.
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