screenshot showing Kimbie Dark theme's coffee/amber coloring

Customize VS Code Kimbie Dark Theme Appearance

For those in the dark-theme club (AKA, protecting our retinas, and otherwise into the reduced power consumption that comes along with increasing the longevity of our retinas), I found the Kimbie Dark theme to be a nice change of pace from straight-up Black/Grey. Check it out:

A strange blue cyber background with black lines going vertical and horizontal. The image of a woman takes up a third of the frame and she is starting at a the small image of a meme where someone is wearing a rainbow afro. "Support MindFuel Blog on Patreon" is meticulously crafted into a graphical overlay which obfuscates part of the underlying artistry. So sad.
Kimbie Dark

It’s got a nice coffee/mocha vibe to it, and even a little bit of glow from the amber monitor days. Who didn’t LOVE amber screens? I thought they were awesome. I still think they are awesome! I just appreciate the higher resolutions we have in ye modern times.

But some folks like to be changing of the things, so in my case, I wanted the main editor to be just a smidge darker. To customize a theme, just click File -> Preferences -> Settings (or type ctrl+,)

Then click on Workspace -> Workbench -> Appearance (or User -> Workbench -> Appearance)

Finally, click the link to edit the settings.json file

This post is where I found a link to this document – both might come in handy. In my case I just wanted to change the background color of the editor, which can be done using something like:

"workbench.colorCustomizations": {       

"editor.background": "#100503"


As soon as I saved the file, the changes were reflected. And you can see, in my case the difference between the two:


Happy customizing!

Darker editor background

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