10 Cool Color Palettes for Industrial Design

November 29, 2012

Color palettes inspired by industrial themes represent some of the coolest combinations in coloration, which is why it’s such a shame that industrial-themed colors are rarely considered as starting points for logos, posters and websites. Check out the following 10 cool industrial-themed color palettes I’ve culled from ColourLovers, and share a link if you use any of these wonderful palettes in your own designs.

1.  Made of Iron by ljoobitza

Iron continues to be a major industry in the United States and the world over, and this iron-inspired color palette would make the perfect base for a company that wants to promote a sense of power.

Palette made of iron COLOURlovers - Google Chrome_2012-11-14_11-42-15


2.  Rust of the Story by Piahr

Another iron-themed color palette, this one inspired by the oxidization of iron – rust. I love the contrast, which would work well for an attention-commanding postcard or poster.

Palette Rust of the Story COLOURlovers - Google Chrome_2012-11-14_11-44-33


3.  Steel by AnimePanda

Steel is known for its blue hues, represented in the cold-as-ice color palette that would be perfect for a holiday greeting card.

Palette Steel COLOURlovers - Google Chrome_2012-11-14_11-45-53


4.  Coal Barge at Sunset by amaranthys

How does one make the dull blacks and grays of coal attractive? By contrasting them with the bright hues of a sunset.

Palette Coal Barge at Sunset COLOURlovers - Google Chrome_2012-11-14_11-47-03


5.  Steampunk by surpriseice

Anything steampunk features subdued hues, which is why this palette’s brighter colors make it so appealing. Try layering the colors as graduating strokes or outlines.

Palette Steampunk COLOURlovers - Google Chrome_2012-11-14_11-48-15


6.  Steampunk Gears IFRC by Northern Dancer

This would be just another steampunk palette, if not for the Palmetto thrown in for striking balance.

Palette Steampunk gears IFRC COLOURlovers - Google Chrome_2012-11-14_11-49-48


7.  Ironworks by Tuna

Rich and Mimosa set off this extravagant iron-themed color palette, which would make a good base for a vintage poster, banner or sign.

Palette Ironworks COLOURlovers - Google Chrome_2012-11-14_11-50-49


8.  Church Ironworks by sarahhodgkiss

This color palette’s edgy, earthy, rustic hues are a Goth designer’s dream!

Palette Church Ironwork COLOURlovers - Google Chrome_2012-11-14_11-52-11


9.  Ironworks FF66 by JS

It’s an iron-based palette in name, but I think the blue hues lend a touch of steel that could be incorporated into an attention-getting flyer.

Palette Ironworks IF66 COLOURlovers - Google Chrome_2012-11-14_11-53-15


10.  Natural Gas by digimadam

Inspired by the bright blue and purple flames of burning natural gas, this color palette would make a cool wintry card or perfect action accents for a digital painting.

Palette Natural Gas COLOURlovers - Google Chrome_2012-11-14_11-54-40

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January 07, 2016 03:22 am #

I love steampunk gears. That's an awesome color palette. Many of the darker palettes fill me with some sort of fantasy nostalgia love.

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January 07, 2016 03:22 am #

Thank you for your comment, Camrin! It's easy to overlook the impact color palettes have on the overall mood of a piece artwork. Colors impact emotions and even influence judgment and decision-making. I'm glad you liked the example!

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