I originally went with a type of blue because the default link colour was usually blue (#0000FF) and under HTML5 rendering guidelines the recommendation is #0000EE. I didn't want it to be quite so bold so went for a darker shade.
While I feel that staying with blue is the right way to go I have come up with a shortlist:
- firebrick, #B22222
- mediumblue, #0000CD
- orangered, #FF4500
I'll mull it over a bit longer and make a decision.