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The GNOME-Colors is a project that aims to make the GNOME desktop as elegant, consistent and colorful as possible.

The current goal is to allow full color customization of themes, icons, GDM logins and splash screens. There are already six full color-schemes available; Brave (Blue), Human (Orange), Wine (Red), Noble (Purple), Wise (Green) and Dust (Chocolate).

GNOME-Colors is mostly inspired/based on Tango, GNOME, Elementary, Tango-Generator and many other open-source projects.

Installing GNOME-Colors will provide you three things:

  • Arc-Colors GDM Themes (login screens) and Wallpapers
  • Shiki-Colors GNOME Themes. These are colored themes for the whole desktop
  • GNOME-Colors Icons


To install GNOME-Colors in Ubuntu open a terminal and:

1. Add the PPA repository:
sudo sh -c "deb http://ppa.launchpad.net/gnome-colors-packagers/ppa/ubuntu jaunty main' >> /etc/apt/sources.list"

2. Add the PPA key:
sudo apt-key adv --keyserver keyserver.ubuntu.com --recv-keys E8D31A30
3. Install Gnome-Colors:
sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install gnome-colors shiki-colors arc-colors

4. Using Gnome-Colors

You should now go to:

System –> Preferences –> Appearance

Choose any of the shiki-colors, change your wallpaper under background, and for your GDM login screen go to:

System –> Administration –> Login Window

If you use another Linux distro, download the themes from here.

Also you may want to check out these 9 great Gnome themes which also provide an Ubuntu repository.

[via linuxologist]