Website colour schemes
#74 Henry, Friday, 16 July 2010 12:23 AM (Category: Books)
(Tags: book colour)

I run a couple of small websites for community groups. They are functional, I improve them and add more data and functionality regularly. But they look bland and boring. I am unable to make attractive websites. I needed to learn how to improve the colour schemes.

I found some articles on Reddit that pointed me to these three articles about Color Theory For Designers, and I have been reading them:

They are very interesting, although I struggle with the concepts.

I also played with this Color Scheme Designer.

But today, I think I have found something that will help me develop good looking colour schemes. I found a decorating book at Barnes & Noble called The Home Color Selector by David Willis. The cover is a colour wheel that matches colours with their adjacent, complementary and accent colours. Best of all, it was on sale for $8. They had plenty of them. I might go back and get a spare one.

The Home Color Selector by David Willis

It steadily works through a fairly complete set of colour schemes for home decorating, and they all look good. Like these:

Colour schemes

Warm schemes, cool schemes, elegant schemes, tranquil schemes, invigorating schemes, fresh schemes and sensual schemes, with backgrounds and colours that match. It's designed for decorating homes, but it surely looks like website schemes to me. I'm going to try some of these and attempt to make my websites look a lot more attractive.

I had one problem - the colours in all the schemes are just referred to by a number. At the back of the book, there is an index showing the CMYK values of each of these numbers. For the websites, I don't need CMYK, I need RGB. A quick Google and I found this neat website that converts CMYK to RGB. Now I am all set.