Now let’s heal our poor eyes by looking at some nice colours. A good colour scheme can be many things I think; if a site is properly legible with correct contrast ratios and colours adhering to colour theory, we can say it has a good (i.e. successful) colour scheme from a functional point of view. But I like to go beyond that and when I think of nice colours I think of something harmonious that pulls the whole site together and gives it personality – so things like news websites, Facebook and the like are out, because their colour schemes are purely functional as far as I can see, not particularly pretty. Whereas the below have both in my opinion:
This is just so so pretty. I love it. It’s just how a wedding photography site should look, with subtle, chic colours with a hint of vintage to complement the photography style (of course if the team took edgy modern photos this wouldn’t be suitable, but that’s not the case). The pale pink goes wonderfully with the cream and grey and I can read everything – the choice of that curly font is debatable but we are talking colour here, and that is perfect in my opinion. (the menu looks wrong but only because I took the screenshot on a tablet)
Escada is a luxury brand and the colours here show that – gold implies luxury in itself, and teamed with white and a subtle grey it’s all very sophisticated and sleek. No bright tackiness here!
I’m sure you’ve all seen this one – I think it’s my favourite out of the currently available themes due to the colour scheme. Orange and black go very well together, and here orange is used well to separate the left nav from the main content, and it’s also used as an accent colour in that section. White text on a black background is often hard to read, so here the designer used grey instead which makes it look much more pleasant.