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1. WARM AND COOL This palette features both warm and cool colors. The contrast from the brightest to the darkest color creates a combination that is relaxing and cozy. The colors are subdued but not muted. This is just the first example of how we associate colors with a time or a season.


2. MODERN AND URBAN Pairing black and white with bright blues and yellows makes for a modern palette. This is sophisticated without being too serious. Instead of pairing red or blue with black and white, freshen things up with this yellow.

3. MUTED AND RUSTIC This palette is inspired by interior design. Living in the south you see a lot of farmhouse decorated houses. This style is having a lot of neutral colors balanced with accent colors that help to brighten it up. If you go to a flea market you will find a lot of these colors in the restored antique items. Each color is a complement to the others. You can pick and choose 2-3 colors out of this palette and still have a nice design.

4. CRISP AND FRESH This color palette was created from a picture taken in Iceland. Iceland’s natural beauty is legendary, and this palette captures the dramatic contrast in nature. The warm, grayish undertones of the two left colors contrast nicely with the cool greens. Having a lighter range of the darkest shades makes it easy to combine any of the colors while still complementing each other.

5. COASTAL Its a day at the beach and all you see is the blue water against the blue sky. Sitting on the tan and caramel sand, what you don’t see is the green seaweed waiting to attack your feet when you get in the water. Rather than your typical beach scene, these colors are more muted and versatile for you to change things up in your design. However, there is less contrast so using these on white would be the best option.


Reminiscent of colors you might see decorating an old Volkswagon bus, this palette is slightly retro, slightly muted and vintage, but the hues included here won’t box you into a certain style. Don’t let the retro word make this combination old and dated. This palette is versatile and subtle. This color combination is stylish and won’t overwhelm your design.

7. SPICY NEUTRALS This warm and cozy color combination features muted oranges that won’t overwhelm your audience. Shades ranging from light to dark making it easy to apply this color palette to a design. There’s enough contrast that you can choose a background color, text color, and an accent color or two just from these five.

8. PASTELS The application for a pastel palette will be somewhat limited. Designs related to Easter, Spring, Babies, or tea parties are safe choices for these colors. Pastel colors generally come across as pretty and delicate, so you’ll want to make sure your design calls from a similar mood if you want to use a color combination like this one. If it is too “girly” for you, try leaving out the pink and purple pastel to neutralize it more.

9. BRIGHT AND PLAYFUL Bright colors have undeniable eye-catching power. These primary colors are ever-so-slightly changed, giving the palette a unique touch. This happy blend of colors doesn’t take itself too seriously. Have a summer party invitation to design? Maybe a children’s event poster or advertisement? A palette like this one will make it clear where the fun is at.

10. PROFESSIONAL Red says “confident and powerful,” while blue says “calming and trustworthy.” This color combination offers a little bit of both, with slightly desaturated shades that aren’t overpowering. The conservative blue and gray hues, the brick red shade adds a burst of extra color that is still professional. This would work well in any corporate context or for a “serious” design project.

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