I’ve recently taken over as site admin for this site. I want to redesign it for a few reasons; partly just to give it a fresh look. Most society members just bookmarked the forums and seldom venture in to the main site, and I’m trying to change all that.
Anyhow, the society colour is yellow, as you can see. This I can’t change. I want the main background to be yellow on all pages. (The yellow on the site is lighter than that used on printed material, so I can change the shade slightly, but yellow has to remain.)
But what I thought of doing was having tabs across the top, and a sidebar for second level navigation. That would split the site into about five main sections… and each of those sections would have its own colour. The sidebar would then use that colour for a background.
So can anyone think of five or six colours that would go well with #ffffcc?
You could try using an artist’s color wheel for creating new color combinations.
All colors are created from choosing combinations of 3 base colors, red, blue and yellow. You can find a variety of different types of color wheels by doing an image search on Google for “artist color wheel.”
By using a color wheel, you create color combinations that are either contrasting or complimentary to each other. It’s easy to read most color wheels once you learn the color layout. Complimentary colors are usually beside or near each other and contrasting colors are on the opposite sides of the wheel.
From an artists stand point choosing 3 colors over 2 adds greater visual appeal. There are hundreds if not thousands of combinations to choose from. I use a color wheel to find new color combinations when creating beaded jewelry. You’ll be amazed how good some colors look together once you start creating combinations using a color wheel.
Looks like you did what you said you were planning for it. It looks pretty good, except for some reason your tabs shift on different sections. That always bugs me when nav elements move like that. Maybe I’m just picky.