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Web Design: Best Web Color Schemes

Updated on October 28, 2014

Best Blog Color Schemes for Easy Readability

Does Your Blog Suck? Learn how to use the best web color schemes for easy readability. Get rid of the black background and white text for good because your readers truly don't like it.

Pantone's color of the year is Emerald. What does this mean for you and your blog?

More Pantone colors to consider are Poppy Red, Lemon Zest, Nectarine, Monaco Blue, Linen, Grayed Jade, Tender Shoots and Dusk Blue.

Colors aren't the only thing you have to worry about? For your site to be user friendly it needs to have good navigation, easy to read font, organized text and guided eyecatching design.

Having all of these things will help your reader to do what you want them to do - read your blog.

2013 Pantone's Color of the Year: Emerald - Color Combo 420


1. The Best Background for Your Blog

Choosing the background of your blog is probably more important than choosing the logo of your company.

First, if your reader can't read your site they won't be back. Always design your blog with your reader in mind.

Second, if the brightness or darkness of your site hurts their eyes, they'll leave immediately. Get rid of the dark background for good in favor of a white or lightly colored one.

Finally, make sure that your design carries over to various browsers. What looks good on your computer and your browser might not look so great in another. More people are using portable devices like tablets and smart phones so design your blog around these factors.

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Web Color Schemes: Tender Shoots - Emerald

Frosted Moss from design seeds
Frosted Moss from design seeds

2. The Best Font for Your Blog

When in doubt choose web safe fonts. These include Times New Roman, Arial and Georgia Serif.

If you must use designer fonts use them to accent your site not as the main attraction.

Explore Google Fonts for hundreds of examples.

Web Color Schemes: Flora Red - Poppy Red

Flora Red by Design Seeds
Flora Red by Design Seeds

3. Accent with Images

Number One Blogger Mistake

The number one blogger mistake is to clutter your website with images.

Have you ever visited a blog only to have to scroll down halfway just to read the post?

Is your sidebar cluttered with banner ads?

Unless your blog is a photo journal use images sparingly in your design.

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Web Color Schemes: Color Splash - Dusk Blue

Color Splash
Color Splash

4. Include Plenty of White Space

What is White Space?

In writing for the web this means to use short sentences and short paragraphs. You want the reader to flow through your post.

An easy way to accomplish this is by using bullet points.

  1. Short Sentences
  2. Short Paragraphs
  3. Everyday Words
  4. Use Bullets

Web Color Schemes: Macaw Hues - Nectarine

Macaw hues by design seeds
Macaw hues by design seeds

5. Make Your Content Readable

"Top ranking websites are the ones that respect the #1 most critical feature of good site design: readability. A website must first be easy to read and navigate, before it is cool." ~ Mad Town Designs

She suggests testing your site based on these 5 factors:

  1. Contrast
  2. Focal Points
  3. Cleanliness
  4. Webfriendliness
  5. Flair

According to Kim Krueger "Designs must enhance a site's reading experience and complement the structure that best lends itself to readability, rather than distracting from the content. "

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Which is Your Favorite Web Color Scheme for 2013?

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      Happy Holi Images 2 years ago

      Nice post

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      Sara Duggan 4 years ago from California

      @tonkidesign: Dusk blue is a lovely color choice.

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      Sara Duggan 4 years ago from California

      @razelle09: Emerald is my fav too but I think stretching what you normally think is 'good' is also something to try.

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      Sara Duggan 4 years ago from California

      @Troywilson123: My fav choice too

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      Troywilson123 4 years ago

      Loved the emerald.. thanks for the Tips.

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      razelle09 4 years ago

      cool! just as you say - emerald looks great for me

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      tonkidesign 4 years ago

      dusk blue looks really great. will use it!

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      Sara Duggan 4 years ago from California

      @anonymous: I wonder? When I think of fall I think orange and red with a hint of brown.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @MomwithAHook LM: Great article! I'm a "make it work" developer, so I tend to lack the creative side of design and seeing these color suggestions is great.

      What's summer and fall going to bring?

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      Sara Duggan 5 years ago from California

      @SusanRDavis: I agree Susan. I like that this years color is Emerald - one of my favorites.

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      Susan R. Davis 5 years ago from Vancouver

      I like the Emerald. I subscribe to Pantone's emails and this is great for choosing a good color scheme for any project.

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      zachary0611 lm 5 years ago

      The Macaw hues Nectarine looks nice.

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      Sara Duggan 5 years ago from California

      @poutine: You are welcome.

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      poutine 5 years ago

      Thanks for the ideas here.

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      Sara Duggan 5 years ago from California

      @CaliThorn: you are welcome. They are based on Pantone's colors for Spring 2013.

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      CaliThorn 5 years ago

      Thank you for these color schemes, they are great.