Choosing the right color scheme is essential to your website’s success. Your layout and other design choices — including font — should be developed in concert with your color scheme, which can ensure readability, cohesiveness, and beauty in the final product. Unfortunately, making that choice or creating a color palette from scratch can be quite the challenge. That’s why for today’s post I’ve put together a collection of 50 beautiful color palettes that are ready to use for your next web project. If you like these, check out another 24 palettes I’ve recently rounded up.
Getting the Most Out of This Post
Before diving into the color palettes I’ve collected, I want to mention a few tools that can help you get the most out of this post. Colorzilla for Chrome/Firefox and ColorPick Eyedropper for Chrome are free tools that will help you capture the data (such as hex codes) that you will need to start experimenting with these palettes.
Editor’s Note: Want to make your own palettes even better? Check out our post on Using Color Theory to Create Better Color Palettes.
Remember that Photoshop will display certain colors far more vibrantly than they will look on the web when you use hex codes. For example, a greyed, soft pink looked super saturated until I chose “Save for Web” to preview it (this article has some thoughts on how to remedy that).
That’s all. Without further ado, here is our palette collection. Enjoy!
Pick Your Palette
If you’re anything like me, then this post has inspired you to brush up on your color theory and the skills necessary to put it to good use on your next project, in which case I highly recommend checking out the following articles:
- applying color theory to web design,
- understanding the code behind your color swatches,
- learning how to assemble your own palette,
- and our own Betterment article on color theory.
We’ve also had an awesome commenter, Dima, make a GPL file of these palettes that works with GIMP, Inkscape, etc., which can be copied in (~/.config/inkscape/palettes/ or ~/.gimp-2.8/palettes/) and has a white separator between each palette.
Time for some discussion: Where do you find your color inspiration? From photographs, the web, or fabrics? What’s the certified, 100% best way to get that colorful spark? Tell us all about it in the comments below!