Website Design Color Trends for 2009

Posted by on January 27, 2009 in Web Design [ 3 Comments ]

Web designers frequently torment themselves trying to decide what colors to use for their creations. Color choice for a website can either spoil the content and drive users away from your site, or reinforce your brand and increase page views. A good rule of thumb for website colors is to keep them simple and follow the trends.

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According to, in 2008, blues and greens were the most popular colors. Blue Iris, a radiant shade of blue, was favorited by more than a half million people.

The most popular green of 2008 was said to be Bamboo Green, which makes sense given the green economic revolution. These two colors also blend well together and are frequently used on sites like Broadband Reports, TechCrunch, and TripAdvisor.

In 2009, blue has continued and will continue to be a popular trend. LinkedIn, Facebook, and Indeed all use different shades of blue, most likely because it is extremely versatile. Blue helps words, logos and other content pop while providing feelings of ease and usability.

The Popularity of Blue

The first few months of any new year are often times referred to as “Award Season.” This is because every January, the new year kicks off with award show after award show and business award after business award. Some of the popular award shows include the People’s Choice Awards, the Golden Globes, the Screen Actors Guild Awards, and the Academy Awards where celebrities send the trend in style and color. We saw celebrities wearing various stunning shades of blues, setting the stage for blue to continue to be a popular color in 2009.

Web designers take note of this blue trend so you can ensure your websites are inviting, appealing, and successful. Below is a brief sample of the web design color trends for 2009. Review each trend and let the colors inspire you for your next website design project.

Blue Trends

Anne Hathaway at the Golden Globes in a gorgeous dark-navy blue. Hathaway’s choice of color is similar to Papillon Bleu, which is the perfect hue to make your web content jump off your page.

Maggie Gyllenhaal at the Golden Globes in a fun, bright, leopard-print blue. Bright colors are a great way to attract attention. Additionally, having the right mix of colors can do wonders for your website designs. Black and blue go extremely well together, as Gyllenhaal demonstrated at the Golden Globes and as Acceptance demonstrates on their website.

Mary Louise Parker at the Golden Globes in a vibrant royal blue. Royal blue has always been a popular shade of blue. It’s effervescent, stunning, eye-catching, and pairs well with a variety of other colors. For example, markmeup effectively utilizes Royal Blue with several other shades of blue as well as for various design uses. While C&M Properties & Construction, Inc. doesn’t use Royal Blue on their site, they do successfully pair blue with gray hues for a wonderful blend of colors to make their page look organized and well put together.

Overall, because there is an assortment of beautiful blues and all shades pair well with other colors, blue is an excellent color. Blue will prove to be a popular choice for web designers in 2009.

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