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Art Design Partner

{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!

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.

Art Design Home Decor Partner Patterns Vintage

{Lust List} Let’s Get Wallpapered!

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Stained Charcoal Brick | Indulgence Turquoise | Antique World Map From 1777 | Eight Studies Of Wildflowers

You know I love patterns. I can’t get enough, so naturally I want to wallpaper my whole house. I love all the options at Wallpapered. They have a whole textures section with brick, wood planks, and concrete. There’s also a new maps section that includes antique maps and even a customized local map. Plus, they work with designers to offer pretty patterns like the turquoise one above by Yuyu. I also love how you can even upload your own patterns or pictures! How neat would it be to have such personalization in your home? Check out their Facebook, Twitter, and design blog for more ideas.

Which would you choose?

Note: This post is written in partnership with Wallpapered. All words and opinions are my own. Posts like these help us provide colorful inspiration to all you lovelies. Thanks for tuning in!

Design Home Decor Partner

{Lust List} Remodo Design

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Recently, I was lucky enough to pair up with Remodo to try out their new design packages. It’s primarily for teens, kids, and the college-bound to figure out their style and have Remodo‘s awesome design team help them and you design their room. Since I don’t have kids in the house, I thought I’d try it out on my own bedroom. Since I love pretty much want everything in their shop, I knew the designers had my back and would design a room I would love.

The process was simple. You fill out a questionaire with questions about what you like and don’t like as well as the current state of the room like if there are pieces you want to stay in the room, the flooring, color, etc. You give them a budget and their in house designers get to work to make something just for you. How fun is that!

After that, you can purchase the designer selected items directly from their cute shop.

Check out what my designer designed for me above! I’m loving that little pink basket hamper & the black and white city photos.

You lucky readers are in for a treat!

Remodo is offering $10 off your order. Use code Shop10 at checkout.

They are also offering 25% off their design package, which is valued at $125, to work with a real designer. Use code WWAD2013 at checkout.

Note: This post is written in partnership with Remodo. All words and opinions are my own. Posts like these help us provide colorful inspiration to all you lovelies. Thanks for tuning in!

What room are you going to design?

Art Design

{Wish I Was Wednesday} Grady Mcferrin

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The colorful work of Grady Mcferrin is inspring me today. His whimsical illustrations and hand lettering are a visual treat. I love the color pairings and details.

What’s inspiring you today?

Design Fashion Home Decor Patterns

Daydream In Black & White Grid

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1Grid Print Shirt ($18) | 2Grid Stud Earrings ($10) | 3Vintage Grid Coffee Mug ($15) | 4Half Circle Windowpane Satchel ($160) | 5Industrial Grid Jewelry Holder ($50) | 6May28th & Kate Spade Saturday Windowpane Watch ($50) | 7Grid Tea Towel ($22) | 8Grid Print Platform Sandals ($21) | 9Grid Dress ($68)

I will also have a spot in my heart for a break in color and going back to the basics of black and white. You may remember this recent B&W Polka Dot post. Today I’m going more modern graphic with a black and white grid pattern. I love both the square graph paper version and the painterly version like in that cute tea towel.

PS: If you like grids and lists, you’d love this freebie printable! Stay tuned for a fun tutorial with B&W grid soon!

Do you like black and white grid patterns?

Art Design Vintage

{Wish I Was Wednesday} Brent Couchman

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San Francisco based illustrator and designer, Brent Couchman, is making me itching to try my hand at hand lettering. His work’s vintage vibe is fun and fresh. I’m loving his work for Fossil as much as I’m loving his “fun” work!

Have you ever tried hand lettering?


Art Color Design

{Lust List} Interactive Interaction Of Color

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Remember this post? Well, now they have an iPad app to mark the 50th anniversary of the original handbook by Josef Alber. The fun part is that you can play with color plates and, well, interact with color! Here’s the link: Interaction Of Color.

Design Nature

{Wish I Was Wednesday} Tom Poulsom

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Lego master Tom Poulsom made these tropical birds out of Legos. I mean I played with Legos as a kid but this is the big leagues. The best I ever did was making a boxy house. You have to look through his Flickr for other amazing creations too!

{Tom Poulsom} Flickr | Tropical Birds | Twitter | Vote for these birds to be a buyable Lego kit!


Design Garden Home Decor Party Vintage

Daydream In Swings

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Fabric Ribbon Swing | Swing Invitation photographed by Dave Robbins | Swing In Orange Room | Ribbon Adorned Swing photographed by Kristyn Hogan styled by Cedarwood Weddings Design Team | Living Room Swing Off Pipe | Bride & Groom On Swings photographed by Elle Jae Weddings | Dining Room Swing by Mork-Ulnes Design | Puppy Swing via Vogue | Girl On Swing | Pink Bride On Floral Swing

We’re hitting summer soon and I can’t help but dream of all the things I want to do outside! We’re planning to hit the river extra this year since we were house hunting last summer, eat lots of alfresco meals on the deck, and tend to my veggie garden. One of the things that has been on my wish list for a long time is a swing! We don’t quite have mature enough trees that I’d trust to swing off of, but maybe with time. In the mean time, I’m looking for all the swing inspiration I can get and maybe get one indoors!

Do you like swings? Do you have one incorporated into one of your rooms or backyard?