Instagram themes are popular. I slip in and out of themes every now and again. Love, hate, anger, frustration, inspiration… All of these emotions are caused by themes. Okay, maybe not as passionate as that. But while I’m all for posting what you want, I’m also a big lover of things which are aesthetically pleasing. And Instagram themes are one of those things that give me satisfaction. Whether I am creating my own or perving on someone else’s feed, themes just always seem like a good idea. But only if it’s not restricting you, of course. If you aren’t interested in themes, perhaps you need to take a look at this post!
One of the many popular trends on Instagram is colourful, bright and vibrant. And I am going to show you how to start putting that into practice with your account. But first…
GET INSPIRED BY THE INSTAGRAM THEME
Most people get interested in creating an Instagram theme as soon as they start falling in love with other accounts who all follow a colour scheme or certain type of editing method. There are plenty of beautifully bright and colourful Instagram accounts to inspire you. Here are a few!
Inspired yet? There are lots of ways you can brighten up your Instagram theme. Here are a few of my favourite methods!
ONE COLOUR OR ALL OF THEM?
Firstly, you need to decide if your theme is going to have a dominant colour or are you going to include them all.
One Colour Theme
- Pick a colour that you know is easily accessible. For example, if your home has a lot of pink, blue or green those would be the best colour choices.
- Include that one colour in all your images whilst ensuring there are no other colours taking away from the focus.
- Use plain backdrops or make your colour scheme your main backdrop itself with coloured card.
- Don’t clutter your images too much.
- With any items you include in the image, try to have clashing colours!
All The Colours
- If you want to have images with multiple bright, vibrant images try to separate the colours. For example, don’t have two images together that are both pink, blue, orange and yellow. Try pink, blue, orange, pink and yellow.
- Take photos of anything and everything with colour!
SOMEWHERE OVER THE RAINBOW
It’s time to take photos for your new theme. My advice – bulk photograph. This way you can just sit, edit and upload. Your theme will grow quickly and be more visible on your feed.
Go out with your phone or camera and hunt for your colours. London is a great spot for this! The most colourful areas in London are:
- Kentish Town
- Brick Lane
- Neal’s Yard
Brighton is also a pretty good spot for colour!
You could also take photos of things such as:
- Red buses
- Blue skies
- Painted walls
- London telephone boxes
- Front doors
- Classic cars
- Coffee Shops
- Floor and wall tiles
- Swimming pools
- Fairgrounds and carnivals
BACKDROP & PROP IDEAS
If you don’t live in somewhere as colourful as San Francisco or Venice, never fear! There are a tonne of things you can use in your images to help create a colourful rainbow of imagery.
- Coloured card
- Wallpaper samples
- Blankets and throws
- Kitchen worktops
- Coffee and dining tables tables
- Cupcakes with sprinkles
- Colourful candies
- Mugs (coloured!) with black coffee (sets off the contrast)
- Flamingo or pizza lilos on the pool (original eh?!)
- Phone cases
- Diaries, books or journals
There are some ideas of what you can include in your snaps! Here’s what I photographed (before editing).
A COLOR STORY
For me, there is only one app for colourful Instagram themes and that is A Color Story. This app was developed by the lovely ladies at A Beautiful Mess and contains additional packs for you to purchase, should you wish. Otherwise, it’s free! And don’t forget to have the tag #acolorstory when you post your images!
Editing with A Color Story is a piece of cake!
Simply open your image, click on filters and choose the pack you want. My favourite filter is Pop within Essentials. Once you have selected a filter, you can then move onto the tweaking.
Now for those who are focussing on one colour (pink for example) but have an image like the one below, you can always use the adjust tools to assist in making a colour stand out or even exist. Let me explain…
To turn the blue sky pink, I did the following:
- Pop filter
- Hue shift (maximum)
Here’s another example using the same technique (vibrancy lowered slightly!)
Of course, this a pretty extreme way to edit photos and you have to put a lot more planning and effort into changing the entire image, but you can always just feature an item that fits your colour scheme into a post!
An easier and simpler way to edit your posts so they are gorgeously bright and bold is by playing around with filters in the app. My favourite is Pop (Essentials pack). It instantly ups the saturation and brightness within the images. For photos with blue skies, I also have the Sky (Fresh pack) filter.
You’ve edited your photos and now you need to see if they look good next to one another. A Color Story doesn’t have a feature to view your images in a grid, however, never fear!
Download UNUM for free and then you can arrange and plan your Instagram easy-peasy!
And all you have to do after that is keep up with the theme and posting regularly! You may change ideas but practice is key.
I hope this post helped inspire you to have a vibrant Instagram theme! What are your favourite themes? Any other apps that you use to help your Instagram?