Looking for the VS 2022 compatible version? Check out Carnation2022
Merriam-Webster defines carnation as:
We define carnation as the best tool for managing the Visual Studio editor's syntax highlighting colors.
How to Install
How to Use
Launching The Tool
Carnation is a tool window in Visual Studio. To launch just go to
The classification grid will list all configurable classifications for the editor. From the grid you are able to click on the Foreground and Background colors to customize to your liking.
Since the list of classifications can be large and hard to navigate, we have included a searchbox which will allow you to quickly navigate to the classifications you want to customize.
Following the Cursor
If you do not know the name for a classification you want to update, don't worry. We have a "Follow Cursor" option which will show you the classification at your cursor as well as all the classifications within your editor's selection.
Carnation ships with a number of popular included themes. You can find these with the "Themes" button. These are themes from StudioStyle that we enjoy.
If you want to do more with themes, Carnation also support importing and exporting them. You can find a lot more on StudioStyle or create your own! Once you've tuned everything to your liking, simply use
If you want to go back to the Visual Studio defaults, use the
Carnation wants to help you make your code easy to read by making the contrast ratio of your color choices visible at all times. In the Classification Grid you will see the contrast ratio as well as whether the contrast meets WCAG 2.0 requirements.
Suggestions are here to help mass apply suggested colors to improve contrast ratios. This is similar to applying in the Classification Grid, but applies all suggestions instead of a single. Use the menu at the top titled "Suggestions" to get started.
How to Remove
Uninstall the extension in VS