Ever found yourself completely uninspired when it comes to picking a new colour palette for a design? Yeah, we have all been there at one point or another I’m sure. So what can be done about it? Luckily there are several tools are resources on the web that can help you with that.
In this article we will share with you some of our favourite places that inspire us when it comes to picking out a new colour palette.
So lets get straight into it. One of our favourite places to seek out inspiring colour palettes is Colourlovers. If you have a rough idea of at least one colour you are going to use, say red, then this site is perfect. Just type “red” into the search field at the top of the page and you will soon be bombarded with tons of awesome colour palettes.
Alternatively you can also search via hex value or hues.
This project is one that I’ve only just encountered. The basic idea behind it is that the author post a new colour palette daily. Each new palette has an inspiration behind it such as another design or a piece of music. And at the end of the month the author combines the colour palettes into a poster which you can purchase.
Poster aside there are some pretty nice colour palettes here that could be use as inspiration for your project.
Though not specifically a tool for picking colours, Dribbble can provide you with some good colour combinations. If you head on over to https://dribbble.com/colors/ you while find that you can search Dribbble using colour. You can set how much the searched colour can vary and the minimum percentage of the shot that has to contain the said colour.
This is a very good way of finding a colour palette that have been used by other great designers. Dribbble also provides you with the option to download a colour palette file generated from any given post.
Speaking of Dribbble, don’t forget to follow the Zing Design Dribbble account 😉
Now here is one for all those who have no idea what colour they want to start with. Colllor can search via hex, the colour’s name or just pick a colour. Alternatively you can just hit the random colour button and it will serve you up a randomly chosen colour.
Once you have chosen a colour or pick random you will be shown a screen containing the said colour displayed in various ways. It will show you the colour in its various shades, tones, mixed with another random colour and mixed with a similar colour. You can also change the colours that it is mixing with, allowing you to experiment on your own with what looks good to you.
0to255 lets you pick a colour either via hex value or selecting one of the several random swatches on the homepage. Alternatively you could just hit the random button and have it select one for you.
Once you have picked a colour 0to255 will show you the various shades of that colour as well as telling you the hex value of each shade. Clicking on any shade of that colour will also copy it’s hex value to your clipboard. This makes it easy to then insert it into any design project you’ve got currently open.
For all those out there using adobe products there is also a rather nice extension called kuler. You can find it under the Window > Extension > Kuler tab. What this does is that it pulls down colour palettes that from the kuler site that have been uploaded by the adobe community. By default it loads the most popular of all time colour palettes but there are several options you can filter by.
On top of that you can head over to kuler.adobe.com and upload a source image. Kuler will then generate a colour scheme for you using that image as a base. Kuler will also allow you to make your own colour schemes and upload them for the adobe community as well.
By no means are these the only colour resources out there on the web. These are just the few that we, here at Zing Design, have found the most useful when it comes to finding colour inspiration.
Also if you are interested in understanding what makes for a good colour palette in terms of web design check out one of our other articles on Choosing your colours.