After looking through some themes I realise the “sparkling” theme from Colorlib is the basic layout I had in mind so I will use it as a child theme and make modifications. I have already switched over to the basic theme.
I’ve changed the header colour to the same red the default scheme uses for links and accents and I’ve changed the header font to “Merriweather” from Google fonts. I also added a logo in place of the website name but it’s placement looked strange and while it looked good in Adobe Illustrator it did not look good on the website so back to the drawing board.
I’ve added a slider to the homepage and changed the accent colour to blue. I also made white the predominant colour of the website. Until I have a satisfactory logo design I am using an italic, handwritten style font for my website logo. I feel it adds a nice bit of contrast and casualness compared to the other font styles.