I recently came across solarized. I started to use it immediately for vim and mutt, but after a few days the low contrast of the color scheme started to annoy me. Oh and btw, I’m red/green color blind.
I went searching and found “xoria256” a color scheme suited for 256 color
terminal and a dark background. There is even a Ubuntu/Debian package
vim-scripts. Unlike solarized it doesn’t come with a custom palette, just
use Tango in gnome-terminal (or whatever your favorite is).
But of course I wasn’t completely happy with it as I wanted some more blue-ish colors in there.
So tweaked it a little, and this is the result:
I’ve also ported it over to mutt, so that it has a matching color theme.
Note: I haven’t changed the name of the color scheme, but it should be called something different, xoria256m or something. It is also still a work-in-progress, I will probably open a git repository on github soonish.