Taking inspiration from other Instagram themes

So first up I just wanted to say a huge thank you to anyone who has followed my Instagram in the last three months! Since I began in early November I have gained over 300 followers and the fact that so many people enjoy my content means a lot

With this in mind, I’ve been feeling like I need to step up my game and take my theme to the next level. Now don’t get me wrong, I’ve received a lot of private messages from other IGers saying how much they like my current theme, but I’m a bit of a design geek and I like to challenge myself. To help me to accomplish this I’ve been collecting screenshots of other Instagram creators’ feeds so that I can figure out exactly what makes them so visually appealing, in order to help enhance my own posting style.

Let’s kick things off by looking at @fatesanrio She’s got this gorgeous black, red and pink theme, which with its limited colour palette is easy for your eyes to process at a glance. Also by seemingly using the same few filters and similar lighting effects in each post, Fatesanrio manages to include non-theme colours without it looking out of place. It just helps to tie everything together and looks fantastic!

The warm tones invoke feelings of comfort and calm, and really make Fatesanrio’s posts genuinely enjoyable.

Next up is the lovely @kureijineko While using pink, white and black Kureijineko has used cold tones and this invokes a different mood in comparison to Fatesanrio. Again the limitation of colours ties everything together and looks great!

I’m not certain whether it’s through editing or makeup, or a combination of both, but the fact Kureijineko’s skin looks so pale only adds to the dramatic effect of the very choice colour scheme. Overall I can see that this takes a lot of dedication and it looks wonderful!

Last but not least I’ve chosen to look at @itsthatjess Her account is by far one of my favourites! It’s easy to see that she’s chosen a pastel theme, which actually gives a lot of scope. If colours are too saturated they can be made pastel by over-exposing or increasing brightness on an image, while reducing saturation. Of course this can all be altered in the Instagram image editor or your favourite editing app of choice.

With Itsthatjess I also love how cropped images of her outfits make the clothes themselves the focal point. There are no other visual distractions like makeup or hair, and this actually makes it easier to imagine yourself wearing a similar outfit – great for creative inspiration!

While it began as pastels galore, I started to see more and more black creep into my images and I realised it was breaking up the feed in a way I wasn’t pleased with. As I was brainstorming as to what to do, everything was pointing to wiping the slate clean and starting over. Of course this isn’t totally necessary but to try to correct this might make the feed look unorganised and messy; neither of which I am a fan of.

It’s obvious that there are many ways to make a feed feel cohesive and aesthetically pleasing and if it’s something you want to try out, then have fun and give it a go!

Until next time, take care of yourself. Milk x

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