5 New Color Schemes to Try Today

December 2, 2013

Whenever I see an article about new color trends, I have to wonder whether the author has really observed the stated trends or whether their predictions are really just promotions for certain colors. Most of these articles are released by companies that sell color: paint brands. And they don’t always agree.

Benjamin Moore, for example, promotes four palettes as featuring color trends for 2013. So does Dulux, whose six trends aren’t identical to Benjamin Moore’s. And Sherwin-Williams’ 2013 color trends are likewise unique. So who do you believe?

For my part, I’d like to believe that true color trends are dictated by designers and not by the corporate world. As such, some of the best predictors of current color trends are the latest user-submitted color palettes on sites such as ColourLovers. This is ground zero, where colors are made not to sell paint but to foster great design. Sure, not every color palette out there is amazing, nor is every palette right for your project. Still, you can glean inspiration from the color schemes naturally crated for design aesthetics. Here are five such new color schemes you can try today.

1.  Mermaid’s Tail by LadyLiberatore

I love this color palette for its depth in simplicity. It features five hues from two basic colors, allowing you to create a rich design, non-distracting design.

Palette Mermaid's Tail COLOURlovers - Google Chrome_2013-09-26_12-09-13


2.  Living Room Cozy by nasha412

This color scheme is a perfect blend for the modern world of simple interfaces – whether it’s a brochure or a website. A dark base with a bright accent, surrounded by plenty of white space, makes this an outstanding color palette for a startup or rebrand.

Palette Living Room Cozy COLOURlovers - Google Chrome_2013-09-26_12-12-34


3.  Bouquet by pinkruby.abbate

Earthy brown complemented by muted blue and green is brought to life with bright orange and yellow. This color scheme is a little complicated, yet startlingly attractive.

Palette bouquet COLOURlovers - Google Chrome_2013-09-26_12-14-48


4.  Melon Soup by exzoticbliss

Fresh, crisp, wholesome, delicious – this green-based color scheme would be perfect for a nature-based or eco-friendly company. I like the soft color blends for a wispy, clean appearance.

Palette melon soup COLOURlovers - Google Chrome_2013-09-26_12-16-31


5.  Happy Fall by misscalia

Rich blues blend with varying shades of yellow, somehow making this color scheme appear down-to-earth yet invigorating. When you design with this color palette, your choice of color balance will ultimately set the tone.

Palette Happy Fall COLOURlovers - Google Chrome_2013-09-26_12-18-03

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Brian Morris serves in various capacities as a freelance writer, content developer and public relations specialist for growing small businesses. When he’s not writing, he can be found on the racquetball court - usually getting his tail kicked by guys 20 years older.

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