As a creative, I spend a lot of time looking for colour inspiration and palette ideas. I think it’s fair to say that you don’t have to be a designer to know the importance of colour choice in the success of a design.
Since illustrating full time, I’ve become even more acutely aware of how colour can make or break a piece of artwork. In fact, research shows that colour influences our choices and perceptions when it comes to brands, products and our senses, among many others.
These are my go-to resources I use for colour inspiration.
- My pinterest board
- Color Collective
- Love print studio
- Design seeds
- Color Palettes
- Nature! I often use nature as reference when it comes to particular hues and shades of colours that go well together. Next time you’re walking in your garden notice how that particular hue of green on a leaf is just the right shade for it’s purple flower. It’s amazing stuff!
- Your own work. I know that sounds weird, but sometimes when I’m stuck I look back at my previous work and often come across a colour combo I’ve forgotten about that I loved. If it worked back then, it might be perfect for the piece you’re working on now.
Top tip! I created an Adobe Illustrator file a few years back and started adding swatches and colour combos I really love. I now use it as a starting point to all my illustrations. For variations I simply tweak or add one or two new colours as I go.
Reference and tools
These are all great tools and references for creating palettes or finding the breakdown/code of the colour you’re after.
I hope you found this list useful! I highly recommend starting your own go-to colour reference document, it’s a huge time saver.