If content is the most important part of a blog, then design comes in a close second. A blog design can lead to either a positive or negative first impression. Fortunately, by implementing an effective color scheme into your blog, you can help make that first impression a good one. The Secret to Confidence With Color Design by Josh Byers is an amazing resource to help you learn the basics of color design. I would recommend that you read it before you read the rest of this post.
Step 1: Picking Your Colors
Now that you've read that article and have the basics of color design down pat, open Adobe Kuler. Locate the drop-down menu labeled "Color Rule" and hover your mouse over it. Then, choose a color relationship. I picked the monochromatic color rule for my blog.
Next, you can start fiddling around with your colors by moving the handles on your color wheel. I eventually ended up with the colors below.
Step 2: Design the Layout of the Colors on Your Blog
Once you are satisfied with your chosen color palette, take a good look at your site's theme. At this point you may want to sketch out the basics of your theme such as the headers, background, site title, menus, typography, etc. Just draw a simple layout of these elements and label them with the color that you want each element to be. It's best to indicate the different colors in your sketch with the hexadecimal of each color. To find the hexadecimal of a color, select the color and go down to where it says HEX. The six character series of numbers and letters is the hexadecimal for that color. Please do not skip this step. It will be very beneficial when it comes time to implement the colors.
Stay Tuned for Part 2 of This Series
Stay tuned for the next part in this series, in which I show you how to actually make the elements of your blog the color that you would like them to be.
Do you plan to redesign your blog or did you recently redesign it? What techniques did you use for your blog design?