Stuck in a color rut? Wondering how to spice up a design? Is color your enemy rather than your friend?
For many web designers and developers, coming up with the most eye-pleasing color scheme is often the most difficult aspect of a new project. This article gives all designers 25 useful links to explore so that you never have to struggle with a color palette again.
This tool helps to increase accessibility by analyzing the contrast of a color pair and showing how color-blind people see it. It simulates three kinds of vision deficiencies. You’ll never have to wonder if your color scheme is difficult for anyone view.
Using the color picker, create a blend of colors that go together perfectly. Save your work for later or export your colors for use in Photoshop or Illustrator. You can even email the colors to yourself. Easy to use!
This is so simple to use that you have to love it. Select two colors that you think you might like to use and let this website do the rest!
This site was built to help web developers quickly select and test website color combinations. Try out different color combinations or select from the extensive color library which includes hex numbers.
Don’t let this site intimidate you. I love how this site works. I first selected a color using the color wheel. The site did the rest. It selects colors that would go well, selected color variations and so much more.
This site lets you upload a photo and presents you with a color scheme based on that image. You can also select from tons of saved schemes!
Click to see random color palettes or see recent combinations.
This is a must see website. I’ve linked above to the homepage but you must explore this site because it has so much to offer designers. The homepage has ready-made palettes however you are one click away from a treasure chest of color goodies. Click here to begin your exploration!
This isn’t just a color selection site, but a community of members that all enjoy colors and enjoy interacting with other color lovers. Create your own palettes or select from thousands already in the database.
Start with one color and build from there. Color palettes can be exported in popular formats.
Select one color and this site will use it as a base color and give you 10 different shades as a suggestion. All the suggested hex numbers are provided for each palette.
Enter the URL of an image to get a color palette that matches the image. This is useful for coming up with a website color palette that matches a key image a client wants to work with.
Click the color blocks or use the sliders to get a few examples of possible color schemes.
This is a nice site using a color wheel as a color selector. Just decide on one color and let the website do the rest. Easy to use and will surely keep you busy for quite awhile.
Premade color palettes to use as inspiration.
ColorToy 2.0 is a Flash based color scheme generator and picker. It generates complementary color schemes based on your inputted color values or random clicks. Flash fans will love using this!
The Sessions Color Calculator is an interactive color wheel that helps designers select HTML, RGB, or CMYK colors and identifies color harmonies and schemes. This Color Wheel works fast and is perfect for print designers and web designers.
The color wizard lets you submit your own base color, and it automatically returns matching colors for the one you selected.
Infohound is really simple to use. Select a color and this site will automatically select matching colors.
Kuler is a favorite site for so many web designer and developers. Click the “create” button and you are ready to make beautiful palettes. This is a community so commenting and membership are allowed. You can upload a photo and select colors based on that photo as well.
Nice program for selecting colors from an image or graphic. Getting the exact color match has never been easier.
This is a nice color chooser. So easy to use and allows you to select from several different color palettes based on monochromatic, analogic, complimentary, split complementary, triadic, and double contrast. The HTML color codes are also provided within this color tool.
A selection of premade color schemes to look at and download.
Extremely easy to use. Select the colors you want and see what your palette looks like. If you don’t like one color, delete it and replace.
This site actually shows you how a two column website with a header and footer will look in specific colors you select. For those that struggle to visualize colors together, this will be helpful.