The Watercolor Design Trend and How to Use it in Your Blog

How to Use the Watercolor Design Trend in Your Blog's Design. From DesignYourOwnBlog.com.

How to Use the Watercolor Design Trend in Your Blog's Design. From DesignYourOwnBlog.com.

Watercolor is definitely not a new trend. It actually made a huge comeback a little over two years ago, but it’s still around and I can’t get enough of it.

If you’re looking into redesigning your blog this year, you might consider going with this trend. It’s soft, beautiful and the epitome of feminine.

And with the recent popularity of the Waterlogue iPhone app, watercolor is still blowing up! If you think you want to hop your blog onto this trend, it’s not too late and here are some ideas to get started.

Take a look at the gorgeous blogs below to see that this watercolor trend is not going anywhere soon!

How You Can Incorporate Watercolor Into Your Blog’s Design

Watercolor Design Elements:

You can add watercolor elements into your current blog theme or template if it’s already pretty simple to begin with. P.S. Some links below may be affiliate links which means (at no additional cost to you) I may receive a small commission if you purchase with the link. As always, thanks for your support!

Try using watercolor paper as the background texture of your blog:

Hey Gorg uses watercolor paper and splotches for her background and throughout her design.

Hey Gorg uses watercolor paper and splotches for her background and throughout her design.

Beautiful watercolor painting on canvas with illustrated flowers create the background of this blog

Beautiful watercolor painting on canvas as the background of this blog

Orange Girl uses a watercolor mountain scene as the backdrop for her blog.

Orange Girl uses a watercolor mountain scene as the backdrop for her blog.

More watercolor splashes for this blog's background. Simple yet beautiful!

More watercolor splashes for this blog’s background. Simple yet beautiful!

Add watercolor social media icons, watercolor sidebar/section headings or buttons:

Mint102 uses a watercolor header in addition to splashes of watercolor behind their topic headings.

Mint102 uses a watercolor header in addition to splashes of watercolor behind their topic headings.

Wonder Forest uses watercolor social media icons as well as adorable watercolor floral elements in her header.

Wonder Forest uses watercolor social media icons as well as adorable watercolor floral elements in her header.

Replace your blog’s header with a watercolor background:

The beautiful splashes of watercolor in this header are soft and work so well with the Bombshell font of her logo.

The beautiful splashes of watercolor in this header are soft and work so well with the Bombshell font of her logo.

Envye uses a watercolor splashed header

Envye uses a watercolor splashed header

Big and bold, yet still soft, this watercolor header stands out.

Big and bold, yet still soft, this watercolor header stands out.

Vine & Light uses very soft splashes of watercolor in her header and cute watercolor heart-shaped social media icons.

Vine & Light uses very soft splashes of watercolor in her header and cute watercolor heart-shaped social media icons.

Here’s a tutorial on making your OWN watercolor header using crayola paints and an iPhone!

Go simple and create a logo out of a watercolor blot or brush:

Hello Monday uses a watercolor blot for her logo in addition to the beautiful watercolor roses in the corner of her background.

Hello Monday uses a watercolor blot for her logo in addition to the beautiful watercolor roses in the corner of her background.

Or apply a watercolor effect to text:

Kayla Aimee adds a simple touch of watercolor as an effect on her logo text.

Kayla Aimee adds a simple touch of watercolor as an effect on her logo text.

Pretty Prudent's logo is a bold example of watercolor lettering

Pretty Prudent’s logo is a bold example of watercolor lettering

You can add little design elements throughout your blog, like in the sidebar, opt-in, header or footer areas:

Happiness Is uses watercolor graphics for her header background as well as sweet watercolor and hand drawn laurels around her sidebar photo.

Happiness Is uses watercolor graphics for her header background as well as sweet watercolor and hand drawn laurels around her sidebar photo.

Goop uses sweet little watercolor icons as well as a watercolor paper texture background.

Goop uses sweet little watercolor icons as well as a watercolor paper texture background.

Download Pre-made Watercolor Graphics for Your Blog

  • You can download all sorts of pre-made graphics for your blog such as watercolor background textures, social media icons, logos and clip art.
  • You can find a complete watercolor blog graphics kit.
  • Or you can also create your own graphics or header by downloading some watercolor Photoshop brushes.

Check out my watercolor trend collection on Pinterest where I’ve pinned a bunch of various resources, both free and premium.

Watercolor Blog Themes and Templates

Maybe you just want to do it now and go with a whole theme that’s already got watercolor design elements incorporated. If that’s the case, check out these gorgeous WordPress themes and Blogger templates.

Watercolor WordPress Themes

Chamomile // WordPress Theme $79

Chamomile, a watercolor WordPress theme. See more watercolor themes and templates at DesignYourOwnBlog.com

Chamomile, WordPress theme

Whisper // Responsive WordPress Blog Theme $39

Whisper, a responsive watercolor WordPress theme. See more watercolor themes and templates at DesignYourOwnBlog.com

Whisper, a responsive watercolor WordPress theme

Vintage Flowers // WordPress Theme $20

Vintage Flowers, a watercolor WordPress theme. See more watercolor themes and templates at DesignYourOwnBlog.com

Vintage Flowers, a WordPress theme

Me + You // A WordPress Wedding Theme $70

Me + You, a watercolor WordPress theme. See more watercolor themes and templates at DesignYourOwnBlog.com

Me + You, a WordPress theme

The Lucy Lou // Responsive WordPress Theme $70
This theme is also available for Blogger

Lucy Lou, a watercolor WordPress theme. See more watercolor themes and templates at DesignYourOwnBlog.com

Lucy Lou, a WordPress theme

The Amelie // WordPress Theme $70

The Amelie, a watercolor WordPress theme. See more watercolor themes and templates at DesignYourOwnBlog.com

The Amelie, a WordPress theme

Joyful // A Genesis Child Theme $50

Joyful, a watercolor WordPress theme. See more watercolor themes and templates at DesignYourOwnBlog.com

Joyful, a WordPress theme

The Lisabeth // WordPress Theme $70

Lisbeth, a watercolor WordPress theme. See more watercolor themes and templates at DesignYourOwnBlog.com

Lisbeth, a WordPress theme

Watercolor Blogger Templates

Penelope // Blogger Template $48
This theme is also available for WordPress.

Penelope Blogger template using the watercolor trend. See more watercolor themes and templates at DesignYourOwnBlog.com

Penelope Blogger template

The Annabelle // Blogger Template $30

Annabelle Blogger template. See more watercolor themes and templates at DesignYourOwnBlog.com

Annabelle Blogger template

Sunny Lila // Blogger Template $35

Sunny Lila Blogger template. See more watercolor themes and templates at DesignYourOwnBlog.com

Sunny Lila Blogger template

Watermelon // Blogger Template $35

Watermelon Blogger template. See more watercolor themes and templates at DesignYourOwnBlog.com

Watermelon Blogger template

Raquel // Blogger Template $35

The Raquel Blogger template. See more watercolor themes and templates at DesignYourOwnBlog.com

The Raquel Blogger template

Juliet // Blogger Template $48

The Juliet Blogger template. See more watercolor themes and templates at DesignYourOwnBlog.com

The Juliet Blogger template

Summer of ’69 // Blogger Template $48
This theme is also available for WordPress.

Summer of 69 Blogger template. See more watercolor themes and templates at DesignYourOwnBlog.com

Summer of 69 Blogger template

Charlotte Aqua // Blogger Template $34

The Charlotte Blogger template in aqua. See more watercolor themes and templates at DesignYourOwnBlog.com

The Charlotte Blogger template in aqua. Available in other colors.

Conclusion

Watercolors are fabulous when you’re wanting to give your design a calm and feminine feel, but you can also use brighter or darker colors to give your design more energy and vibrance. This makes the trend fairly versatile and easy to use in various types of designs.

Layering watercolors with a little transparency can have a really nice effect. Play around with some watercolor brushes or elements to see what you can come up with.

Geometric shapes or lettering with thin lines laid over a blotch of watercolor is very modern and makes for great logos or header images.

Are you using this trend in your blog’s design now? I’d love to see it if you are, so leave a comment with a link below!
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