Ask Different is a question and answer site for power users of Apple hardware and software. Join them; it only takes a minute:

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

Seems to be too much gray in Lion. Status bar, title bar, scroll bars, links bar, tabs, everything blends into itself.

I am guessing that is part of the design. Any options to changes these?

share|improve this question

You can make a subtle change away from gray shifting towards blue with theOS preferences. Go to Apple Menu -> System Preferences...

Then click on General in the upper left

enter image description here

And then select Blue under appearance

enter image description here

share|improve this answer

There doesn't seem to be an awful lot you can do, but as a start, you could get the colored iTunes icons or Finder sidebar icons back like they used to be in Snow Leopard.

share|improve this answer

It's possible to mod the color scheme but it involves changing resource files and is not for the faint of heart. Refer to my answer to the question "How do I change the Lion menubar selection color?". There are some ready made mods (BlackPurple, LionPulse) on Deviant Art.

share|improve this answer

Your Answer


By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.