One of the websites I visit often is The Verge, a website catering (mostly) to technolo-geeks (much like Wired). However, I like the layout and design of the Verge better than I do Wired. One of the main reasons why is because of the color scheme going on for individual stories. I hope that I will be able to use colors on my websites the way Verge does. So, hoping to learn, I took a look at their coding.
The first thing you notice: <div> tags EVERYWHERE!
^This is just the coding for the section I mentioned above.
Most of the tags within the div are familiar, but not the class ids. One new tag I noticed in particular was <span>. This tag is used to give color to elements. Then, in your stylesheet, you use properties like box-shadow and gradient. It looks easy enough, but I have a feeling it will take me quite a lot of simpler website building to get to the level Verge is on.