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{Partnered Post} The Power Of Color Coordination On Your Blog

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Thanks to the Internet, millions of people now have the ability to share their thoughts, ideas and creativity with the whole world through blogging. However, just because someone can start their own blog doesn’t mean that others are going to want to spend their time reading it, especially if it isn’t eye-catching and well designed.

One’s blog should not only reflect who they are as an individual, it should also appeal to others; after all, without an audience, what’s the point? Color coordination plays a key role in making a blog aesthetically appealing. When it’s good, it’s great and when it’s bad, people will really be put off. Color coordinating one’s blog plays an integral role in its readability, so read on for more information.

Color affects everyone

In web design, good color choice should never be neglected. A poor color combination can have just as negative an effect as poorly written copy, slow load times and noisy images. No one wants a blog that’s got too much going on, but a blog without a sense of cohesion and design principles isn’t much better.

Whether one wants to admit it or not, color affects them, both physically and mentally, not to mention subconsciously and consciously. Some colors elicit feelings of agitation or relaxation, while others may spark memories. In fact, some studies have shown that color can play a role in the acceptance or rejection of a service or product. This is particularly true when it comes to the Internet, because it is such a visual experience.

Picking a color scheme

Even with the greatest content ever, a blog with clashing hues just isn’t going to cut it. The color scheme should welcome visitors while still representing the blogger’s point of view and theme. Luckily, there are lots of options when it comes to finding a suitable color that will appeal to readers while still looking fresh and original.

Often, it is helpful to consider the colors that fit with the blog’s theme. For example, a blog about healthy lifestyle choices and eco-friendly products might benefit from soft colors like blues and greens. Alternatively, a blog centered on beach vacations might look lovely with a scheme consisting of blues, browns and tans. The key, however, is not to become fixated on any one color, but to choose several.

Bloggers don’t have to have any prior experience in web design or art to pick the perfect color palette, thanks to the Internet. There are a number of color palette sites that cater to individuals looking for the perfect color scheme for their blog. These sites allow users to play around with different color combinations to make the decision process much easier.

Incorporating pictures into the color scheme

The written word is very powerful, but everyone knows that a picture is worth a thousand words, which is precisely why it is so important to include images with every blog post. However, the pictures chosen should mesh with the color scheme; it is possible to manipulate an image’s color balance before posting, though this can be time-consuming and tedious for those unfamiliar with the process. Another solution is to visit sites such as Dreamstime to purchase stock images, which are available in a wide range of styles and colors.

The bottom line is that there is no strict set of guidelines when choosing the color scheme for a blog. It really depends on the blog’s overall theme, mood and context of its content.

Note: This post was provided by a Daydream In Color partner. Posts like these help us provide colorful inspiration. Thanks for tuning in!

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Home Decor Partner

{Partnered Post} Matching Your Windows To Your Interior Color Scheme

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Windows don’t just frame our view of the outside world; they are an integral part of any interior design scheme. Exciting window treatments are one area which often get overlooked when putting a room together, which is unfortunate; unlocking the potential around a room’s window area can often transform that room from “Ok” to “Oh wow!”

Practical considerations

To start with, let us consider the question: What are windows for? In general, windows let the light in and allow us to see out, as well as providing a room with fresh air in the summer and helping keep it warm in the winter. Although windows are a vitally important part of our interior space many of us are guilty of taking our windows for granted – but to ignore the windows in our home is to miss out on a whole area where simple, stylish design tweaks can really impact the overall look of a room.

Colorful windows

It is important to any room design that the window treatments blend in with the room’s color scheme. Using shades and finishes that directly echo the palette in a room gives a sense of unity and calm. Whether window treatments are made of wood, steel, or plastic, it is usually possible to splash color near them, if not directly on them. Some people love the drama and opulence of floor to ceiling drapes that ooze style and make the window area the focal point of the room, while others prefer the tasteful, streamlined minimalism of plantation shutters. Wooden shutters look fabulous when color-matched with a room’s interior design, elegantly melting into the background while at the same time offering great practical benefits in terms of privacy, light control, and insulation. Alternatively, the budget-friendly simplicity of a roller blind in the right shade provides a solid block of color when extended and can tie in with furnishings in the room for maximum impact.

Many shades of harmony

A unified color scheme doesn’t require every surface to be an identical shade, but drawing from the same areas of the color spectrum will give a feeling of cohesion that promotes calm. To create a feeling of moving through space in the home, colors should change gradually from room to room; when all rooms are painted the same shade, it has the effect of shrinking the space.

Harmonious color schemes can be created by riffing on different versions of the same color in one space. For example, sage colored walls against lacquered window shutters in duck-egg green, soft furnishings in darker shades of moss, and door frames, base boards, and chair arms in contrasting meadow green will give a room layers of color and texture that appeal immediately to the eye. This layered-type of approach works for all rooms and with almost all colors, and is a simple way of re-vamping an interior which has turned stale.

If painting and decorating is on the ‘to do’ list, remember to include window treatments in the overall design. Consider using light reflective colors that complement the other colors in the room and give focus to the space. If the job is done well, it could be that visitors spend more time appreciating the view around the windows than what lies beyond them.

Note: This post was provided by a Daydream In Color partner. Posts like this help support our free content. Thanks for tuning in!

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Food Partner Sweets

{Lust List} Les Cinq Amandes Colorful Confections

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You know I have a fondness of all things colorful and these beautiful little candies by Les Cinq Amandes are no exception! They are so perfect in your girl’s favorite colors for Valentine’s Day or just for no reason at all. You can even create a custom gift. The color combos are endless and they have all sorts of fun flavors to choose from. The coated almonds are crunchy and delicious. The chocolate dragees are a shiny shell filled with chocolate. The little meringues are magical indeed! They crunch and then yield a soft creamy texture as it melts on your tongue. Everything is packaged with care so they’d also be the perfect wedding favor! I know I’m definitely looking into it for my own upcoming wedding.

I’m excited to offer our readers 10% off your next Les Cinq Amandes purchase! Use the code: HOLIDAY10

Try out all the colors and flavor combos. It’s so fun!

Note: This post is written in partnership with Les Cinq Amandes. They provided samples for me to try. All words and opinions are my own. Thanks for tuning in!

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Fashion Partner

{Lust List} Studio Gear Smokey Eye


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I’m a total dork when it comes to makeup. I’m always at a loss. Enter the Studio Gear smokey eye palette (currently only $25)! It has numbered instructions right on the palette so I can follow along like a recipe, which I can totally do. The change was dramatic. A didn’t even recognize me! It was so much fun. I’m excited to try out their other products now!

Lucky you! We have a 10% off code for ya’ll. Use the code: SGHOLIDAY for 10% off your next order at Studio Gear!

Note: This post is written in partnership with Studio Gear. They provided samples for me to test out. All words and opinions are my own. Thanks for tuning in!

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Food Party

{Color Palette} New Year’s Toast

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We have no crazy plans to ring in the new year, but these almost pink ombre drinks with gold stirrers may still be on the menu at our place (via Swoon).

Any New Year’s Eve plans?


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Home Decor Nature

{Color Palette} Ornamental Antlers

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I’m always intrigued by animal heads. They speak to me and freak me out at the same time. But, I’m loving this holiday version decorated with sparkly ornaments (via I Suwanee). Happy Christmas Eve!

How are you celebrating today?


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Design Fashion Partner

{Wish I Was Wednesday} Hanh Lam

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I’m a sucker for a good cause & even more for good design. So, when these two things come together such as with Hanh Lam‘s designs for The Young Designers Collective (YDC), I’m sold! In the picture above, I’m wearing the edgy Ramona earrings designed by Hanh Lam. The cute little tassels are made with Alabaster white calf skin leather and topped with patina treated brass bobbles.

Part of the proceeds for everything in the YDC shop go towards a wonderful cause supported by the designer. Ten percent of these earrings’ proceeds go towards Book Aid International, a non-profit organization that provides mobile libraries for children in sub-saharan African villages.

These earrings as well as other YDC designs would be the perfect “double” gift for anyone on your shopping list. Give to a friend and to a charity in one swoop!

What are your favorite designs from the YDC shop?

Note: These earrings were provided by YDC. All words and opinions are my own.

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Photography

{Color Palette} Bundled Up With String

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This adorable winter carnival image by Oleg Oprisco puts me in the mood to start my Christmas shopping! How cute are those packages.

Are you in the mood to start shopping?

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DIY Paper Party

{Loved & Noted} DIY Paper Feathers, Paper Bows, & Simple Kraft Boxes

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With the holidays coming up, my mind is swimming with wrapping possibilities.

These natural looking paper feathers by Lia Griffith are a cute option.

The cartoony and fun look of this DIY paper bow by How About Orange would be so perfect for my niece and nephew!

These sophisticated kraft boxes would look so prim and proper under the tree.

What’s inspiring your wrapping this year?

The {Loved & Noted} series touches on inspiration from creatives and fellow bloggers all over the world.

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Food Sweets

{Color Palette} Jolly Holly Cake

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I’m always excited to go home and visit the folks and my niece and nephew! I always feel the pressure to bake some sort of goody to pack with me on the plane. While browsing ideas, I came across this sparkly holly cake that would surely make my little niece and nephew jolly. (via I Bleed Cake)

What’s your signature holiday treat?


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