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gerrit111
Well i surl like a LOT on various websites and heres my suggestions

NEVER use flashy colors like red or green, yellow (u know)

Don't use colours like light yellow, light red, light blue.
Why? well in my opinion, if a website uses these colors, i think that the website is clean of spiware and stuff but is very noobish.

I won't advise using black because it gives me the feeling that a website contains spiware/virusses.

I would advise white/grey that's the BEST colour for your website! Very HappyVery Happy
Nyizsa
Well... this is what psychology is about. Different colours make us think of different things. And every person thinks something different seeing the same colour.
So if the colour emphasizes the feeling of the content of the site, being black or white or lightblue, the visitors will find it good.
Sentenza
It also depends on how the colours are used and put. A bloody red can rely on anger as well as sexual related stuff, depending on how it is presented.
GB
Also, be very careful about the text and the background it is on. Green text on a red background or the reverse is impossible for people with color blindness to see. It also hurts anybody's eyes!

If you have a PC, run your site through the Colour Contrast Analyser which will alert you to possible color combinations that will be difficult to read like this is.
virtualpointer
I think the appropriate color combination can increase the attraction of your web site. Only white and grey color is too dim.

Cannot imagine that all web pages are white and grey colors as you suggested.

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Shake
Don't you want people to think your website is clean? Who wants to surf a site with viruses? Not me. This doesn't make any sense. As long as you have attractive graphics and a good layout, the colors you choose don't matter. Yellow is a great color for industrial themed websites, but not for health websites, for example. There are certain times when you just need a good layout, and colors don't mean anything. If you play favoritism, and only like one color (like your favorite color is blue) then you probably shouldn't be giving color design tips.

I think the best way to make an attractive website is by combining fantastic graphics (meaning PHOTOSHOP) with a variety of colors. For example, try using green to complement blue, or try using red with black/white. Just use a good color combination. A one-tone website isn't very exciting at all. Just mix it up a little.

But don't use purple with yellow or green. This just isn't a common color combination. 'Nuff said.
Of course, all of them together could make a catchy logo...Ex:



I suppose it is better just to keep an open mind about this. There really doesn't need to be a discussion.
haris3
It think using just black to white grascale is not enough. Colors make the site more welcoming and more easy on the visitor's eye. I agree flashy colors don't do a good job, but it all depends on how you use them. Light colors work just fine. A monitor did not have 16.7million colors for no reason. I'm there are colors in those 16.7 that work better than grayscale.

Good Luck.
Arcath
on my site the pages have a grey BG, with content in a cell witha white BG, adn a black border. the only color apart from that is the green in the banner (and any images that are on the page)
haris3
Every time u put an image on my website for either advertising or business or whatever, i recently started using kinda light gray backgrounds. The pictures stand out and looks great if you have a few pics in a list. Learned all about grey in my Design class. But for text, black works the best.
Greeny
Well i never from experinces in the past and from learning things on my way, is that if you find the right background colour you then got to find the right text colour, and you can get these wrong, i know from when i ahve tried to create my website and other things.

so i go for a neutral colour like Grey, as grey normally goes with everything. If you go with a neutral colour you will also find that the user can read the information more clearly.
Tex_Arcana
Backgrounds, what can I say except the more time I spend on the web the more I begin to appreciate the sites that don't use a stark white (#ffffff) background. Maybe my monitor is too bright but when I spend a lot of time looking at a page with a white background for a long time (like a tutorial site) or surf page after page of white background pages My eyes start to go a little wacky (I guess that's why I like these forums, it has that subtle grey background goin on, easy on my eyes while still a good contrast for black text).

This may be a bit odd but another combo I like is ivory (#fffff0) background with sienna (#a0522d) or saddle brown (#8b4513) text. Of course right now I'm working on a color scheme for my web site I call Honey and Clover (named after a great anime) That consists of dark green (#006400), goldenrod (#daa520), gold (#ffd700), and ivory (#fffff0). All those colors compliment each other nicely. Not too bright and not too dark but has enough contrast for color blind folks
haris3
Having a graphic design background, i don't know if i would use white as my background color. White background does bring rest of the content to the front but i wouldn't use it all the tiime. Maybe on a page that had general info and not like pictures and stuff. I like Light blue and dark red as my backgrounds. Whatever works.



Tex_Arcana wrote:
Backgrounds, what can I say except the more time I spend on the web the more I begin to appreciate the sites that don't use a stark white (#ffffff) background. Maybe my monitor is too bright but when I spend a lot of time looking at a page with a white background for a long time (like a tutorial site) or surf page after page of white background pages My eyes start to go a little wacky (I guess that's why I like these forums, it has that subtle grey background goin on, easy on my eyes while still a good contrast for black text).

This may be a bit odd but another combo I like is ivory (#fffff0) background with sienna (#a0522d) or saddle brown (#8b4513) text. Of course right now I'm working on a color scheme for my web site I call Honey and Clover (named after a great anime) That consists of dark green (#006400), goldenrod (#daa520), gold (#ffd700), and ivory (#fffff0). All those colors compliment each other nicely. Not too bright and not too dark but has enough contrast for color blind folks
biedr0na666
light gray that goes together with dark gray, almost black.
this is my favorite, especially for presenting photos.
also, they say that every text is better welcome by the reader if it's bright and on a darker background
ivanegues
I really proud of my backgroud. Its simple and gets me a great effect for my page (that is under construccion and only for firefox for now).

check it and let me know your impressions (maybe i'm looking it with too much father eyes)

http://www.ivanegues.blogspot.com/
b4r4t
ABout collors ... You can always use a shemes from :

http://www.colourlovers.com/

There are lot of nice shemes Smile

You can always use scripts whitch will help you choose the color:

http://wellstyled.com/tools/colorscheme/index-en.html
http://wellstyled.com/tools/colorscheme2/index-en.html
http://www.stylephreak.com/cm.php
http://www.ficml.org/jemimap/style/color/wheel.html
http://www.defencemechanism.com/color/
http://www.colorschemer.com/online.html
http://www.colorblender.com/
xeszline
I think it depends to what the purpose of the website itself. If you want it for news website/ news blog or for business, black white grey are good choices. But if it's only for personal, I don't think it has to be only those picks.

I know black, white and grey seems clean. But it is boring if you see everyone's website the same scheme. I'd say even yellow, purple, green, would be nice as long as they're not definite color, use a pastel color. Something that's light for the eye and not too heavy. Try to feel it on your own eyes, whether it's too heavy or not.

Even if you use white background or black, if you have too many elements or pictures inside it becomes not clean and beautiful anymore. It is not only the ingredients, but the technique in combining colors too, that count.

I made the scheme of my own blog, a light blue and white and I think it's nice. Even red could make a good background as long as you find the good composition of the red saturation and scheme so it doesn't make your website look stupid.

That's what I think..[/quote]
ivanegues
Great color reference by b4r4t ! Exclamation

Here is one of mine to coordinate color based on Phi (Golden number):

http://goldennumber.net/color.htm

This tool could be usefull with those pages.
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