Design Your Blog Like You Would Decorate Your Home

blog design

As we've pointed out before, the design of your blog can speak volumes about you before your audience reads a single sentence. And if you think about it, inviting a reader to your blog is kind of like inviting a guest into your home. It's a space that is completely yours, so naturally, you want it to be the best version of your voice and personality.

“Innovation is often the ability to reach into the past and bring back what is good, what is beautiful, what is useful, and what is lasting.” — Sister Parish, interior designer (1910-1994)

Make the reader feel comfortable, offer them a cup of tea.

Like when you invite a guest over to your home, you want the reader to feel comfortable in your digital space — and you want to give them something that will make them come back for more. If your site is easy to navigate and has alluring content, it's likely your guests will drop by often.

Think of your theme, then execute.

Whether it's “urban renewal” or “minimalism,” the details can make all the difference; that's why it's of the utmost importance to plan ahead before you start designing your blog. Like you would if you were decorating your living room, look to other websites for inspiration, then add your own creative flair for a personal touch.

Better than basic — take your space from average to aha!

Simplicity can show restraint, but also think about adding one controversial item — it can get people talking. The “wow” factor in interior design can come in many forms, such as light fixtures, mirrors, objects, etc. The same could be said of your blog: your “wow” factor could be in the form of a logo, sidebar, titles, font, and so on.

What are some things you think about when designing your blog?

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18 Responses

  1. cathy lu

    I really like using complementary colors in my blog layouts. It’s more interesting than white backgrounds, yet they don’t distract too much.

    Check out how I did so on my blog:
    onceuponasprinkle.blogspot.com/

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  2. Donna

    I started out using backgrounds from Blogger, but eventually changed to white for 2 reasons. One was to look more professional, and the other was so that my page would load quickly no matter what speed of connection the viewer has. I myself don’t like to wait very long for a page to load and I’ll go somewhere else. But I have been meaning to add my own touch with a custom header, and this article reminded me to get working on it.
    Thanks!
    Donna
    http://www.prettysparklythings.blogspot.com

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  3. Toni Styles

    Great post! I prefer a simple look. White background, black text – I often think about The Sartorialist when it comes to blog design. I love how you’re immediately drawn to the content. Admittedly, it can be irritating when some blogs take forever and a day to load; but it’s so worth it when there are big, beautiful photos waiting to be discovered.

    http://rhythmandruffle.com <3

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  4. Barbara

    over the years I had to learn from those more experienced than me and so my last re-design was pretty drastic but I am really happy with the results and it has made my blog load easier and faster than before.
    I most likely will still do a re-design really soon but until then I am extremely happy with the design I have now.
    Barbara
    http://barbsiesmusings.blogspot.com/
    Lagos, Nigeria

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  5. Stephanie

    I thought a monochromatic color scheme with a pop of color, and eye-catching banner and great pictures were the essentials to any blog design. Sometimes I love my blog layout but other times I feel like the sidebars are too distracting!

    Does anybody else feel this way? Is my blog fine the way it is or is there something I can do to make it more user friendly? (or am I just overreacting?? >_> )

    -Stephanie from Chocolate Laced

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    • Kashara of Undiscovered Worth

      I think that your sidebars are distracting. If you think that everything on your sidebar is absolutely necessary, I’d move a few of them to the bottom of your site. 🙂 That’s just my opinion.
      http://www.UndiscoveredWorth.com

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  6. Mignon

    This is a good post. There are so many directions to take with your blog when it comes to design. It can seem quite daunting. I chose a spy theme for my blog and it’s simpler when designing and categorizing. You can check out my online digs at http://thechicspy.com. Feedback is always welcome!

    Stay Chic,
    Mignon

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  7. Sarah

    I always start with the header and then go from there… for me my blog is all about the header and that should really pop first to get my readers interested.
    Sarah x
    sarahloves.co.uk

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  8. Rita - FashionPas

    The advantages of having started something only a few months ago is that I am absolutely sure of what I like to see in fashion blogs and what I don’t like. My experience in life at this moment is much better than if I was much younger or still in college. In that sense, I designed every aspect of the blog to be exactly what I like to see. I know this is a very personal way of seeing things but I trust my instincts and that other people would be attracted to that too. One major aspect was to approach it as any interior design and marketing projects: have a colour scheme and a main theme floating around. I then created all the “brand” around it.

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