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Webdesign-select colours

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Hello experts.
i need some advice from experts to choose colours for a website .Something like :http://www.mobile.de/home/index.html.
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The main background
the font colour
i want to use headers in rounded tables like the experts page.what backround colour should i use there?Would it be nice to use gradient?
In my main menu what colours can use?Would it be nice to use gradient there too?

I looked at the very interesting http://kuler.adobe.com/ website but i is difficult for me to decide.
Any help?
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by:ddhamm
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I am not sure which colors you are thinking you like - were you looking to use orange as a dominant color.  That site you recommended (kuler.adobe.com) had a sample of oranges and grays that work well: http://kuler.adobe.com/#themes/search?term=orange%20and%20gray

As far as a gradient on boxes on the site - I think gradients of pale gray or blue work well.

Here are some other orange and gray websites. Let me know if you wanted to see good examples of other color combinations. http://templates.entheosweb.com/template_number/15560.asp

Another interesting thing I found using a gray gradient with orange on the menu or navigation bar of a website (which happens to be a photoshop tutorial - scroll down on the page to see the design): http://tutorialblog.org/smooth-gradient-header/

DeeDee

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by:Panos
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Hi ddhamm

I don't think that it is a good idea to use the same colours like the link i posted.But i really like orange and blue.I did use the tutorial from the smooth-gradient-header/ you posted for my menu allready but using a different gradient for orange and blue.Looking and looking again at the result i think that it is not what a webpage that is selling cars ,parts,transporters should look like.
 i post some screen-parts so that you can see what i mean

accordion.gif
table.gif
header.gif
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I think your blue and orange colors look very good. And the gradients look good too. I also like the light gray gradient. I don't know about those colors not being the best for an auto or auto parts website. They may not be. Maybe you need to use more blues and grays and less orange?

DeeDee
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by:Panos
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Hmmmm.
I will try to use the blue gradient as the basic colour for the menu and the headers of the tables and the orange for highlighting the current page or hover links .....
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Something else i have forgotten.
What all about  with the web save colours.Using gradients is not a good idea or not?
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Web safe colors are mostly from the days when computer monitors could not display many colors. These days I don't think it is a problem. Most monitors will show gradients just fine.

DeeDee
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I looked for some auto or automotive websites to show you (lots of gray, black and/or sliver is used) with blue. Sometimes it's gray and red or gray and orange.

http://inspiredology.com/analyzing-automotive-websites/

Or look at auto parts websites: http://www.lovetoknow.com/top10/auto-parts.html

Just thought you might like to see some professional looking examples

DeeDee
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thank you ddhamm for your help.
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thank you for your help.
regards
panos
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Glad I could help!

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