Ever seen a color wheel? The default color picker in Paint Shop Pro is a good example. To color your website pick one color off the main grid and you will get a range of shades for that color in the right hand box. Any of those colors will work together. You can also mix complimentary colors i.e. yellow and green. Complimentary colors reside next to each other on the color wheel. If you want to go for a dramatic effect pick opposites. Opposites should lie 180 degrees from each other on the color wheel. Blue and Yellow are opposites as are Green and Violet. Use Opposites for emphasis and sparingly though, unless your going for that retro '60s hippie look, because it is harsh on the eyes. Right now the main color on your site is blue. I would stay with that and choose several different shades of that color for different effects. Blue is a cool color. This means it soothes the viewer. Red on the other hand is a hot coler and raises the anxiety and anger (subconsciencously) of the viewer. Cool colors are Blues, Greens and Violets. Hot Colors are Reds, Yellows and Oranges.
Nicky: My Graphic Arts book from high school had a color wheel in it. I would look around on graphic arts sites or desktop publishing sites for a printable color wheel. Or maybe look at your local bookstore.
Here is a tip for people looking for a set of colors that work well together. Go to your local home improvement center. In the paint center they have color cards with different complimentary shades and hues on them. Scan in the card and use the resulting graphic to pick colors from. You can also use the cards to show clients complimentary colors for their site.
I'm chiming in a century late, but since childhood I've always been enthralled by color wheels. A week or two ago I had the most smashing good time making one I think is actually rather useful: http://www.visibone.com/swatches.hex.html
(P.S. Mr. Raggett has graciously acknowledged his "present" and his intention to use it at w3.org with his next update. At www.bignosebird.com, where I'd been trying to contribute color for a year, they have already put it up.)
Bob Stein, VisiBone, email@example.com
Color resources for web designers, www.visibone.com
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There is a color genurater out there. All you do is put in the amount of
(R)red (G)green (B)blue you have in your color (most paint programs tell you this when selecting a color) and you enter these numbers in the color genurater and it will give you the HEX code for it and visa versa
enter a hex and it will give you the numbers for the color.
Hope this is a help