I find these images so inspiring – so inspiring I also want to use the colours together in some way…
I also find that a colour palette is what kicks me off on a new creative project – I think, I’ve got to use those colours, but how… and before I know it I’m visualising the colours in watercolour or embroidery…
Or it might be that you know your medium, but that’s it. Well maybe your colour palette will prompt a certain subject matter. It could be a palette of soft pinks that would be great for a floral design, or a bright, bold palette that would be better in a graphic slogan.
How to create your colour palette
Take the image you love and use a colour picker to pull colours our of your image. Haven’t found an image yet? Instagram and Pinterest are a great place to start.
To pull out the key colours (and they hex code) I use a great little app called the ColorPicker Eyedropper, that sits in Chrome. You literally hover over any image on a web page image and select the colours you want with the eyedropper.
Make sure you pick out the key colours from any image. Sometimes it’s the small areas of strong contrasting colours that really make an image pop, for example, the dark greeny-black in the licorice image. So make sure you include those little contrasts in your colour palette!
Try to limit yourself to 5 or 6 colours. Any more and it’s going to become a muddle!
Of course there are myriad places you can find colour palettes ready and waiting. Check our the inspiration page for some new ideas, or check over at Design Seeds which is constantly updated with new images to get your creative juices flowing…
How to use your colour palette
Well, any time you’re using colour of course… here are just a few ideas to get you started…
- a colour theme for graphics or your website
- colour accents in your home – pick out one of the more neutral tones for your walls, and use your highlight colours for soft furnishings, and strong contrasting colours in smaller details, like throw cushions, candles or decorative objects.
- your next watercolour or colouring art work
- your knitting, crochet, embroidery or sewing project
- the options are endless…!
With each of my palettes I’m also working out the closest match on the DMC thread colour chart, in case you’re an embroidering type too….