I actually like them both, but I might give the edge to the previous color scheme because it gives off more of an Arizona/southwest feel.
As long as the background is reasonably pale, I tend to agree with Rob -- the white blocks look choppy.
Yeah, I think I agree. I liked the darker colored layout, but I wasn't sure if that was best for photos...The white here just looks too stark...but I love the blogs that are simple and sleek with a white background...I just can't seem to get it the way I want using their templates and I don't know how to make my own...I think I'll switch back for now...thanks!
white is too bright!
I think I misread the question because I thought you were comparing the white background to your old layout where it was primarily orangish tones. It's hard to decide which of these two is better for the reasons already mentioned. Looks good though. I like simple and sleek layouts too. A lot of good looking blogs are embedded in the owner's webpage, which opens up a lot more design opportunities.
Rob- Oh, you were right....I was talking about the old layout, but I was messing around and then got distracted by dinner. I think it's back to normal now and I am going to quit tinkering...thank you for your opinion, all of you!