Do you have a plan to give your blog a makeover? Great! As promised, this month I'm going to start a mini series called #BlogLove (since February is all about love and your blog also deserves some love) where I will share some tips on how to improve + personalize your blog design. There will be one post every week, so keep watching this space for more. Here's what I'm planning to do:
• Week 2: Choosing fonts - How to pair Google web fonts that suits your style
• Week 3: DIY - Things you should do to improve your blog design
• Week 4: Premade templates + blog designers - Where to find the perfect one for you?
Before you create a design, first you need to decide what kind of style you're going to use for your blog. The easiest way is to follow the current trends. Sure, that's cool. But, I think your blog design should reflect you. Why? Because it will make you unique + different from millions of bloggers out there.
Okay, then where to start? First, take a look around you! Well, I specifically want you to peek into your own closet. What is more perfect to represent you other than your clothes? As the saying goes, "you are what you wear". And the great news is that it's totally doable to incorporate your wardrobe into your blog design. No worries, I'll show you how.
Things you need to observe
Color - Now open your closet and look closely at all of your items you have in there. What colours are they? Is there any certain colour dominating the rest? Pick that one along with two or three other top colours. And voila, you have your very own colour palette for the design.
Pattern - You can ignore this if all of your clothes and the likes are simply plain. But, for you who likes patterned clothing, this is the chance to bring more fun into your design. On top of my head, you can use your favourite pattern as background for the whole layout or sidebar or header. Whatever. Just make sure you don't go too crazy and end up making a too-flashy design for your blog. Remember, balance is the key!
Style - Are you a minimalist? Or do you like retro? Perhaps you're more into preppy style? Well, this is maybe the ultimate thing you need to pay attention more, so you can decide whether you should go with minimal or whimsical? Modern or vintage?
To inspire you, I gathered some fashion styles + their application on a few blogs around the web.
In the closet: simple basic shapes, minimal detail, black and white, other neutral solid colours.
Tips: Keep everything neat + clean. Black on white is easier to read on the web, so use black for the text and white for main background. Apply black for borders to frame your layout and divide each post/widget in your sidebar.
In the closet: bold and bright colours, playful patterns, fun accessories, unique cuts.
Tips: Your favourite bright colours are perfect to emphasize text for headings (post title, widget title, etc). If you are not brave enough to fill your main background with patterns, you can use it as ornamental pieces, for your social media buttons, or background to spice up your sidebar.
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In the closet: lace, sheer, ruffle, mini skirts, flowing dresses, floral prints, soft and pastel colours.
Tips: Play with your lace to give some textures to your blog. Bring your floral prints into your header, post header or footer as decorative elements. If you want to go with simple + clean look, just take the colours and you can still get the same feminine, romantic feeling for your blog.
Your turn! Based on your closet, what would your blog design look like?