50 Sites to Get Your Daily Dose of Color Inspiration
Part 1: Tools for Inspiration
1) Design SeedsDesign Seeds is just plain beautiful and a personal favorite. With subtle tones and hues inspired by nature, the site is an experience on its own. You can also follow them on Instagram for your daily dose of color.
2) LOL ColorsHappy tears of color! Welcome to lolcolors. That is all.
3) TinEye LabsThis website allows you to add up to five colors to a palette, and then it automatically searches Creative Commons for images that match the color profile. While the image quality and variance can change greatly, it’s a nice start if you find yourself seriously in a color bind.
4) PictaculousCreated by Mailchimp (who knew, right?) Pictaculous creates suggested palettes based off user uploaded images. This is such a great tool when designing websites from client photos. Just upload and design away!
10) Color ClaimIf it looks like it’s made by a designer, it probably was. And Color Claim is no exception. Beautifully laid out with seamless design, Color Claim is a journey in simplicity.
11) Colour LoversOn Colour Lovers, you can search by industry and see trends across mediums. And while the layout leaves much to be desired, unlike other sites, here, you can go deep into the colorsphere. You’ll find palette’s from users that analyze the colors of every Marvel Avenger. Seriously. Enjoy!
12) ColrdColrd lets you sort by image, pattern or color to find just the right combination. I love the flexibility of the site and the intuitive interface lends itself to exploring. I’m bookmarking this one for sure.
13) Color HuntColor Hunt is as clean as they come and the simplicity is hard to ignore. No frills, just colors, and just plain fun to browse.
15) CoolorsCoolors lets you generate your own color scheme, as well as sort their vast library of the latest palettes. You can sort, tag, and even download the palettes to import straight into your next project.
16) PalettonFor complete control, Paletton features a full-color wheel. Select up to four colors, then feel free to alter the individual shades. Once done, export or share your new palette with others.
17) Adobe Color CCLeave it to Adobe to build the color wheel of your dreams. Almost mesmerizing to use, this color wheel is a new staple. Select your color profile, your color rule, and let the fun begin!
18) BehrAnother interior design site, Behr lets users browse by color and provides inspiration by rooms. While definitely aimed at updating your home, if you’re looking to remodel AND need some color inspiration for your next logo, this site will do both.
19) The KnotWedding invitations anyone? The CM community has a wealth of wedding products for those looking to design their next project. If you find yourself looking to go from scratch, though, the knot has some nice color combos.
21) Color ExplorerFor those who want to feel serious when designing, Color Explorer is for you. With its own rich aesthetic, I almost feel like I’m on a secret site for designers. Uh…don’t mind me, I’m just over here in the dark picking some colors!
22) Material PaletteFor color selection with an intuitive layout, the material palette builds simple palettes after a user selects two color options. They even show you a little mockup of what your palette would look like. For app designers, this is a must see.
23) Stylify MeStylify Me lets you look at the palette (and fonts) from any website. Simply type in the URL and voila! This is a GREAT tool when you’re looking to match an existing style.
25) Color HexLike other palette selectors, color-hex offers pre-chosen palettes for download, or you can upload you own.
Part 2: Art & Design
26) Anton and IreneThis website by design duo Anton and Irene is what you’d expect from great designers—fun, vibrant and energetic. It’s not only fun to navigate, but be sure to check out the color match game they invented. My wife and I will be playing this tonight!
28) MiaguiWith a full-screen grid and bright color sequences, Miagui out of Brazil focuses on advertising images, so there’s no shortage of rich, beautiful photography and graphics to explore.
29) Van Gogh MuseumVangogh was a master of lighting. If you can’t make it to the museum, studying his art from afar is still valuable—especially with the detail in which the museum uploads his artwork. See each brushstrokes and watch the colors blend. Breathtaking.
30) AfremovAfremov is one of the most colorful painters around. Utilizing rich oils and bold colors, Afremov paints a canvas with conviction. You can browse his site for inspiration all day, and if you can’t get enough, there’s always “add to cart.” 🙂
32) BoseThis is not a sales plug (though I do own a Bose Mini and absolutely love it). But Bose is hitting all the right buttons when it comes to immediate engagement. The contrast and flow is one soon not forgotten.
33) OreoOreo’s. Could. Eat. A. Whole. Bag. Thankfully when they’re gone, I can just watch videos about Oreo’s. Be inspired by the wonder that is Oreo.
34) OranginaOrangina’s website is full of brightness and invitation. Like a sunrise on a summer day. Hmm…I wonder if that’s what they were going for. 😀
35) Method HomeMethod’s packaging never disappoints, so it was no surprise to find their website bathed (haha) in colorful imagery.
36) KashiIf it’s warmth you crave, Kashi does a great job of blending organic hues and soft textures for a pleasing palette of colors.
37) RoobarRoobar blends bright colors with muted tones to compliment one another. While I usually think “all bright” or “all muted” Roobar’s website goes seamlessly back and forth for a nice engaging touch.
38) ObrigadoWhat I like about obrigado is the lake of color surrounding the products. Instead of making the entire site colorful (which they very well could have done), they’ve gone in a negative design direction and made each color that much more valuable to the site.
39) France TourismFind your next color inspiration in all photos. France’s tourism site lets your browse hundreds of images—each categorized by activity. Plan your next trip and your next design!
40) Visit NorwayVisit Norway picks you up right where you are and drops you in the Norwegian landscape. If the office lights seem to be taking their toll, let the sweeping video reels from Norway clear your mind before your next project.
42) OsakiFood. Glorious food. Osaki’s photos are simple, yet bold. It’s said that you eat with your eyes first and not only can I almost taste the food, but the color combinations here are just as appealing.
43) Made for SpainAfter looking at all these photos, I feel like I really was made for Spain! Explore the Spanish culture and countryside through contrast and color and never doubt that every color can be found in nature.
46) Mt. Cuba CenterColorful imagery meets beautiful typography at Mt Cuba Center. If you’re looking for color inspiration from the garden, this is the place.
48) Bellucci PremiumI love olive oil. I love food. I love color. I love this website. Thanks, Italy!
49) Relais BluAnd speaking of Italy, I’ll just leave this right here while you go ahead and put in your vacation requests. Tell them you’re doing some Italian design program whereby you’ll be better able to understand user sentiments through color study. Go ahead, see you later!
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I work with entrepreneurs and small businesses on web design and brand strategies, as well as run business development for a video production agency. When not designing, you'll find me out with my family on a road trip making bad jokes and drinking too much coffee.View More Posts