You don’t have to be an artist to find an effective and appealing color scheme for your site. There are many tools available to help you ranging from a simple color wheel to online color scheme generators. One that we utilize for our own sites is an easy to use, feature rich, online tool called Color Scheme Designer 3. This tool can help you find a simple, visually appealing, color pallet along with a range of useful tones and a fitting contrast color (for making certain elements stand out).
There are a wide range of features included like the ability to quickly switch between standard color schemes like mono and complementary, find and change hex colors, view your colors on a simulated web page and even see what your colors look like for users with varying forms of color blindness.
Limiting your Colors
One mistake many site owners make is using too many colors which results in visual chaos on the page. Many times everything on the page is screaming for attention and in effect nothing really stands out. While your basic pallet should be limited to 4 colors it is generally fine to use different variant tones of the chosen colors or gray, black and white as needed.
Following these tips and using the colors provided by the Color Scheme Designer should give your site a more cohesive, visually appealing, look that makes the right elements stand out.
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Screenshots taken 01/15/10, colorschemedesigner.comGoogle+