When comparing Base16 family vs Nord, the Slant community recommends Base16 family for most people. In the question“What are the best VIM color-schemes?” Base16 family is ranked 8th while Nord is ranked 14th.
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Pro Contains many color-schemes
Pro Out of the box support for many applications (vim, terminals, etc...)
Base16 template repositories on github have configurations for most popular applications where a color scheme can be applied. This reduces headache for users when applying or switching color schemes.
Pro Its Solarized Dark scheme is compatible with htop
This is just one example of an app that doesn't work with vanilla Solarized Dark (half of the usernames in htop have the same color as the background)
One has to use a patched htop version.
Pro Simply beautiful
Easy on your eyes and super nice looking, especially noticeable in VS code.
Pro Lots of ports
The website provides steps on each individual port and how to activate them.
Pro You can easily theme your whole Linux OS with it
Pro Great on the eyes, looks good
Pro Easy to install
Compatible with tons of editors or terminals.
Con Schemes are limited to 16 colors
You may not be able to use as many colors as you want for a particular application without manual manipulation since base 16 color schemes are limited to 16 colors.
Con Each theme needs manual tweaking
The base16 color schemes are really great but as a vim theme they require a lot of manual tweaking to be viable. One example is that in one theme a neon green bg is used with a white fd rendering any part of the vim UI that uses those two colors together illegible.