It has been quite sometime, but StudioPress finally released 2 sparkling new child themes for their famed Genesis WordPress Framework. If I have to differentiate the two, I would categorise them as “One For Him” and “One For Her”. Dubbed the Quattro Theme for one and Glitter and Lace for the other, just the name alone will tell you which is for who.
The Quattro Theme
Appearance, Layout And Background.
The Quattro Theme by default is a simple and clean theme which comes with a dark textured body background and a greyish textured background for the content area. A fixed width theme, with a wrap width of 1100px, you can of course choose from the 6 different column layout that is configurable at the back end.
Coded with the latest code structure, the Theme is Responsive and Mobile Friendly.
The designers have taglined the the Theme “Vintage And Responsive …..” Looks alone, it looks like any regular blog theme so there is nothing special about the appearance that merits much description except that is does have that certain “Old And Vintage” look, because the designers have used black and white images in the Demo Page. If you want to retain that same effect, then you have to make sure all your images are in black and white.
The Quattro Theme uses the Quattrocento Fonts, from which I think the name of the Theme came from. It is a font from the Google WebFont Directory. Not particularly my favorite, but it is a very clean and pleasant font and it should be appealing to most of your readers.
Like all StudioPress Themes, the Quattro Theme comes with different color flavors for your choosing. For this theme, you have a choice of 3 different color schemes, namely Quattro Blue, Brown and Grey. I do not know if it’s only me of if it is designed that way, but when I tried out the different colors in the Demo, the color does not entirely match with the scheme.
For example, when I chose the Quattro Blue Scheme, even though the background texture does turns to a dark blue shade, the link colors changes to what looks like green to me. I have expected the link colors would also change to shade of blue to blend and compliment with the background.
Glitter And Lace Child Theme
The other new Theme from StudioPress is the Glitter and Lace Theme. Compared to the Quatrro Theme, this theme is more glamorous in it’s appearance. Obviously a Theme designed for the fairer sex, the content container is ‘laced’ which I doubt any man who considers themselves as “macho” would want to be seen using.
Appearance And Layout
Like said, the Theme is definitely a very feminine Theme. Apart from the laces border, the Theme comes with a milder texture as body as well as the content background. The post contents are also more define, with each post clearly segregated by fine dotted lines as post borders.
Each post comes with a grunge looking comment bubble depicting the number of comments and sidebar titles comes with their own little grungy icons. The Social Icons located on the top-tight corner also has a grungy background. These little add-ons does some wonders to the overall feel of the Theme.
Glitter and Lace comes with 6 color variations for your choosing and unlike the Quatrro Theme, the colors are very well matched. I especially like the Gold-Turquoise combination. When chosen, all the icons and icon background will glitter like gold while the Titles and links complements beautifully in Turquoise green.
The Theme uses a combination of 3 different fonts, binded nicely to give the Theme the kind of sophistication needed as a glamorous theme.
The Site and Post Title uses Great Vibes which is one of the better looking curly fonts. For the navigation and sidebar headings, the much popular Oswald is used and for the main contents, Palatino Linotype is used.
Great Vibes and Oswald are Google fonts. As for the Palatino Linotype, I really do not know of it is a paid font or otherwise, but you can preview it here.
Also coded with the latest code structure, Glitter and Lace is also a Responsive and Mobile Friendly theme.