Fall and Winter Color Palette Inspiration

September 2, 2010

Photo via Flickr user Aunt Owwee.

Happy September everyone! It's still pretty warm outside, but soon it will be time to dig out the old wool sweaters, hats and coats again. In honor of the changing seasons, here are some useful online tools to help you pick autumn- and winter-inspired color palettes. I will also show a few of my favorites from each website. Kuler.adobe.com Use Adobe's Kuler tool to search for color palettes based on keywords or to customize exiting palettes. You can click through to view the color values for print or web in HSV, RGB, CMYK, LAB and HEX. If you have Adobe's Creative Suite Software, then you can access Kuler right inside the Adobe programs. I really liked this autumnal palette below called Madrid Guillo. With the lime green it feels very upbeat and very now.

Madrid Guillo by bill.puskas via Kuler.adobe.com.

I also like Vintage Browns & Ocres that incorporates a few berry-hues. This palette feels more 1950s or '60s to me.

Vintage Browns & Ocres via kathykavan on Kuler.adobe.com.

This one is called Winter Elegance. It's wintery but warm, and I could see it working well in a printed piece such as an invitation.

Winter Elegance via nine70 on Kuler.adobe.com.

This palette called New Year's Eve is also very wintery and muted. It might work well for a business card design.

New Year's Eve via Kuler.adobe.com.

Colourlovers.com is another great online resources where users upload their palettes, and you can browse through them. Here are three fall and winter themes I found on Colourlovers.com. For Autumn I liked Thought Provoking, shown below.

Thought Provoking via Miss_Anthropy on ColourLover.com.

Newly Risen Moon reminds me of the sunset on a winter's night. This elegant palette might work nicely in a website design or for a brochure.

Newly Risen Moon by Steph6 on Colourlover.com.

Finally, the Color Palette Generator is a fun site where you can take any image on the web, enter the image URL, and it will create two composite palettes of colors from those images. One palette is dull and one is vibrant. As an example here are two images one for autumn and one for winter. For autumn I selected this leaf-peeping Flickr photograph by di_the_huntress. Here's what the Color Palette Generator came up with. For winter I selected this Flickr photograph by Jan Tik. Here are the results in the Color Palette Generator. Please share any seasonal color palette tips or tools in the comments. Happy color hunting!

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January 07, 2016 03:21 am #

[...] more autumn and winter inspiration, check out this post on color palettes. Please also feel free to add links to inspiring fall images in the comments [...]

Anonymous's picture
January 07, 2016 03:21 am #

I just love these color palettes, they are really helpful for my design projects.
Thank you.

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