Do you know / can you recommend good practices in choosing a color palette for a theme ?
As you might have guessed, I am not a professional in the graphic field, I do coding and from time to time I have to do some graphic work for which I'd like it to be pleasant/efficient to the eye but this proved to be incredibly hard.
Here are a few examples :
From a professional graphic designer:
This design while not very pretty is very ergonomic in the sense that you can work the whole day looking at it, your eyes won't burn. This design is very user/eye-friendly.
Some of my attempts :
This one is awful, but from the time I've spent on it (10 seconds) not much to expect from it.
This actually is my favorite and only one I have in fact, while colors are pleasant it's not very eye-friendly and soon becomes a mess as I add more colors (such as the indicator). The main problem with it is that literally it took me days to find this scheme !
This is another beast that I'm quite quite happy with though I'd say it's rather by accident, actually the colors are the result of a sound analysis. While I did some adjustments their initial hue came pretty good by chance. And post-processing really helped here.
I have tried nearly every thing I could think of but never really achieved something satisfying, for instance designing a red theme. Whether picking colors in a palette randomly or using some pseudo logic, using some website it just seems that I can't get some good combinations.
So the question is,
How do you choose colors for a theme ?