Originally Posted by CJOttawa
Take a look at this page: 50+ Beautiful Websites with Great Colour Schemes | Inspired Magazine
Then these linked sites: Analog Blue Pixel :: Digital Rockstars
SUPER simple. CLEAN. The colours don't distract. Less is more. Use a clean background, colours should be used sparingly and to draw attention. Too much colour and it's LIKE USING CAPS LOCK ALL THE TIME! AAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!
Use photos as graphic elements. Put them in boxes OR paint splats!
To me, the ideal OXP site should say to the visitor:
Not trying to discourage you but give you the benefit of my 20 years working as a graphic designer, including web design.
Yah, your totally right. I agree that the first one is way too colorful. But the second seems to fit the role right. Basically all the paint spatters are for is decoration on the side for people with wide screens, most people won't see it. Notice the subtle wood pattern that is in it too.
I'll try creating a smooth and clean beige background, then give you an example
@ Inferno: I only asked for stuff about the background. I understand to put prices and basic information. I'm not going to create the entire site, and then show it. I want to make sure everyone likes what is made, and layer out the website.