Color Palette Generators

Continuing the series on color palettes, this week’s post is about color palette generators.

Previous posts in this series:
Tips For Working With Color Palettes
Color Palette Sources – Part One
Color Palette Sources – Part Two

Color Palette Generators

There are different types of color palette generators out there depending on what you’re looking for.

Random Color Palette Generator

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This is perfect if you don’t know what you’re looking for or maybe just want to challenge yourself. The image above came from Basically, you hit the space bar to continue generating random color palettes. You can also lock in one or more colors and continue getting random palettes based on those colors. It also let’s you download the palette.

You Pick the Starting Color

Adobe Color CC

This type of palette generator, like the one illustrated from Adobe Color CC, let’s you pick the starting color from a color wheel and the type of color scheme you want and creates a color palette. You do need to create an Abobe ID to be able to save the palettes however.

Color Palette from Image Color Palette Generator

This type let’s you input the URL of an image or upload an image, depending on the site. The above came from Color Palette Generator. I didn’t find a save option on this particular site, but I like that it shows both a muted and vibrant palette based on the photo.

While I only showed one example of each of the different types, there are tons of online color palette generators or apps that you can download to your smartphone or tablet that are just a google search away.

Please feel free to share your favorite color palette generator links in the comments.

Color Palette Sources – Part Two

color palette sources part 2

Yes, I have more color palette sources for those of you looking for inspiration. You can find Color Palette Sources – Part One here.

Color Palette Sources – Part Two

  1. ColorWorld (lots of great color and fashion trend inspiration)
  2. colourQ (this blog posts a weekly color palette challenge for scrapbooking, but a color palette is a color palette)
  3. happygirldesign (a website/graphic design website with lots of beautiful color palettes)
  4. The Perfect Palette (this site is for color palettes for weddings and parties, and the thing I like about it is that you can select a color and see images using different color palettes for that color – note: these are images and don’t show the colors broken out into a palette for you, but next week we will talk about creating color palettes from images)
  5. Blue Rose Design PDX (another web/graphics design website that has a lovely selection of color palettes)
  6. The chickabug Blog (this party planning blog has a great selection of color palettes)
  7. Planet Sam (A textile designer’s blog that has some fabulous nature inspired color palettes)
  8. Stylyze (has a beautiful selection of color palettes)
  9. designworklife (this blog has lots of easy to browse color palettes)

Tons of new color inspiration for you to explore. Next week, we’ll talk about turning photos into color palettes.

Color Palette Sources – Part One

color palette sources part 1

Last week’s Tips For Working With Color Palettes post, mentioned that color palettes are the go-to source for many artists when looking for inspiration. So, I thought I would share with you some online sources for color palettes. And since it’s easy to get lost “down the rabbit hole”, I thought it might be wise to break the list down….

Color Palette Sources – Part One

  1. (this one is probably already at the top of everyone’s list)
  2. In Color Balance (has a very large selection of color palettes)
  3. BANDAGEDEAR (this is an artists’ site that has quite a few color palettes, but you have to click though to each post to see them)
  4. Color-Capture (another great site with lots of color palettes)
  5. Color Palettes (has a beautiful selection of color palettes that’s easy to browse through)
  6. discover COLOR (this site is set up very nicely for browsing or or you can search by color)
  7. akula kreative (a graphics and web design blog that has a nice collection of color palettes)
  8. color COLLECTIVE (lots of lovely color palettes)

This should keep you busy for a while. I’ll be back next week with more sources in part two.

Tips For Working With Color Palettes

tips for working with color p alettes

Color Palettes as Inspiration

When looking for inspiration, color palettes are the go-to source for many. We collect color palettes like they were trading cards and devote Pinterest boards to them. We are drawn to palettes that reflect our personal color preferences, whether we are consciously aware of it or not. This post on getting older illustrates this perfectly. It was brought up in the comments that my glasses matched the colors used in the focal bead I was working on.

We love color palettes because they take the guesswork out of choosing colors.

Tips for working with color palettes

Here are some things to keep in mind when working with color palettes:

  • You do not have to use all of the colors in a given palette.
  • In many cases, it is best to choose one color to be dominant and use the other colors as accent colors.
  • You can always add neutral colors, such as white, black and/or gray to any color palette.
  • Certain types of color palettes/color schemes work better for different techniques. For example, when caning you generally need a greater amount of contrast between the colors in your design, otherwise the colors will blur together when the cane is reduced. Therefore, you want a color palette that uses contrasting colors (opposites on the color wheel) or a contrast in value (the lightness or darkness of a color).

As a side note:

Peacocks seem to be an up and coming trend…have been seeing them everywhere recently.