A lot of my work starts with one colour or a specific colour palette that I want to use. With the colours picked I go about thinking of subjects inspired by the colours. This inspiration process means I’m always on the lookout for colour palettes that grab my attention and light my imagination on fire.
Here are my top five sources for colour palette inspiration.
Lets get one of the most obvious ones out of the way first. If you’re anything like me, you’re on it all day anyway, so why not make the most of it and create a section in your saved posts for colour inspo on Instagram?
Pinterest is another obvious one. You better have a pin board for colour inspiration, because you’re bound to be flooded by it if you use the platform at all. I personally love Pinterest, it feels like I’m flipping through a magazine when I scroll. It’s on Pinterest where I found my 3rd source…
3. love print studio (the colour crush section of their blog)
While scrolling through Pinterest I kept finding these wonderfully curated image collages with the colours sampled at the bottom. Not only are the colour palettes gorgeous, but the selection of images, their arrangement, and the execution of the content is so appealing to look at. After pinning a handful of these posts to my board I started going straight to the source.
4. Adobe Color
Adobe Color is great because you don’t need an Adobe paid subscription to use it, you can explore palettes created by others, or create your own. You can even import an image and use the eyedroppers to sample the colours and get the hex or RGB codes so you can drop the colours straight into your digital painting tools. You will need an account if you want to start saving a library of your palettes and sharing them with the Adobe Color community.
5. Design Seeds
Admittedly I don’t use Design Seeds as much as I used to, but if you like more muted, softer colour palettes they have endless inspiration for you to browse organized by helpful categories. My favourite categories to browse are the seasons.
Maybe this goes without saying, but being equipped with a cellphone means I have a camera on me at all times, and if I see something I like I stop and take some pictures. Yes, I do have a lot of photos. No, I don’t always go back to do anything with them. But the beauty of tools like Adobe Color is you can literally sample colours from your life and put them into your work, especially if you work digitally.
I hope this gave you some new places to look for colour for your art, designs, or whatever other projects you’ve got going on. Colour is so inspiring, and I personally can’t get enough.