How do you choose a color scheme for your web page? Most computer users will start with a basic color. If you have a logo you may want to use one of the existing colors within your logo. If you have a title or header already designed you can select a color from within this design. This will help blend your page together and can often give a more professional look to your site.
Using a color scheme selector can help you choose the right colors for your website and give you the look you are seeking. To use a color selector you will first need a basic color to start with. For an example, lets say that part of your logo is blue and you think a blue webpage will work well for your type of business. A selector will give you the option to choose a complementary color, analogic colors, monochromatic or contrasting, among others.
Orange is found to be a complementary color of blue. Several shades of blue and several of orange may be just what you are looking for when it comes to the perfect color scheme. Though you may feel satisfied with complementary colors, try another scheme just to see if it happens to work better for you. Often those designing their own website will start out using monochromatic colors, such as many shades of blue, and find that their pages are pleasing but that nothing stands out.
Changing to an analogic (base color, neighbor, and complementary) scheme may help solve this problem. With this selection you will have complementary colors along with a neighboring color such as blues, greens and orange shades. Use one of the these shades sparingly for added interest that will bring attention to the areas you want it. Remember that using neighboring colors (blue and green) will be a more subtle look than complementary colors (blue and orange).
Triadic color schemes are often used on childrens pages or websites that want a lot of contrast. The triadic scheme for blue would be blue, yellow and red. Using one main color on a larger amount of the page, perhaps the background, will help keep your web page design looking professional. Remember that too much contrast may be too much of a good thing.
Adding a bright color sparingly may be what you are after when you want something to stand out, such as a link or a specific word on your page. It is not recommended to type up all the text in a brightly contrasting color (red on blue). This makes it hard and annoying to read. A deep blue background with red and yellow links may look great on a preschool site but probably would not be best on a serious site such as a lawyers business site. Stick with black text unless you have a word or two that you would like to stand out.
Choose your colors wisely. Sticking with the colors in your logo or header is a sure winner. Adding a contrasting or a simple complementary color can help your web page look professional and appealing. Do not forget that your web site will make that first impression on visitors, so make sure it is a great one.
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