Choosing the right color combination is important, because you don’t want to set the wrong mood and you certainly don’t want a color combination that is off-putting or confusing to the eye.
We briefly explain the science behind choosing the right mix of colors, and then give you 120 beautiful color combinations including:
- Light color combinations
- Dark color combinations
- Rich color combinations
- Bright color combinations
... and so much more. Let's jump right in!
The science of combining colors
Believe it or not, there’s a science to creating good color combinations and it’s actually not complicated to grasp. All you need is the color wheel, and an understanding of five different combination styles that each has its own place in your bag of tricks.
Complementary color combination
Complementary refers to a two-color combination design where the colors are opposite from each other on the color wheel. The two colors complement each other through their contrast, which allows each color to stand out.
Monochromatic color combination
Monochromatic refers to a combination of different shades, tones and tints of the same color, by adding black, white or grey to the original color. A monochromatic color combination is traditional and subtle.
Triadic color combination
Triadic colors refers to a 3-color combination that forms a perfect triangle on the color wheel. There’s not as much contrast as there is with complementary colors, but there’s enough to let each color do its thing.
Analogous color combination
Analogous is another 3-color combination, this time colors that are adjacent to each other on the colour wheel. With this color combination, it’s best to make one color dominant and use the others as accents.
Tetradic color combination
Tetradic refers to a 4-color combination where the colors are placed in a perfect square around the color wheel (essentially two pairs of complementary colors). To achieve balance with so many colors, it’s best to keep one color dominant and use the rest as accents.
Color combination based on nature
Sometimes nature knows best. If you find a good color combination that appears somewhere in nature, chances are it’s a winning combination, as you can see from the examples in many of the examples that follow.
Nature and Wildlife Inspirations
1. Sunset Glow
It’s hard to beat the spectacular color palette that a sunset creates. In this color palette, the fiery orange of the sun setting on a beach in Mexico adds a stunning contrast to the subdued purple of the sky and reflection on the sea. It’s a good color combination to use when you want to add vibrance to your designs.
2. Purple Skies
This is the perfect dark and light color combination. The eye-catching image was taken in Cima d’Asta in Scurelle, Italy and features a range of purple tones and black edges, creating a subdued and sultry tone. The defined white streak of the shooting star adds a contrast to the softness of the colors in this palette, a perfect sultry combination.
3. Restrained & Cool
Another dark and light color combination, this collection of dark ash grays and grayish blues creates a color palette that is restrained and cool. The darkness of this scene in Kula, United States is relieved by the shades of red in the centre, the touch of green in the foreground and the blue sky in the background. This color combination is perfect for a somber design theme.
4. Pebbled Grays
The pebbles strewn across in various shades of gray, brown and black create a rough yet restrained texture in the foreground while the foamy water in the background adds a soft contrast to the scene. This beautiful color combination is versatile and can be applied for a wide range of projects, ideal for website design.
5. Flaming & Fiery
The white hot rays of the sun highlight the flaming and fiery sand colors in Monument Valley. The golden sand shimmers in the blazing sunlight while the few stone sculptures provide some relief to the otherwise stark landscape. This good color combination is ideal for bold and warm designs.
6. Cool River Blues
This color combination pictured in Tsunan, Japan, is a classic example of a monochromatic color scheme. Every element, from the flowing and swirling waters to the rocks in the background feature different shades, tones and tints of aqua blue. It’s the perfect color scheme to use when you’re after a cool color combination.
7. Moss Watery Greens
The color combination featured in the little waterfall of Cascate Del Monte Gelato in Italy, perfectly encapsulates the dramatic contrasts found in nature. The varying shades of green, from mossy green to dark bottle green add a certain coolness to the brilliant blue shades and the subdued patch of brown. This beautiful color combination is perfect for any daring and bold project.
8. Earthly & Natural
The contrasting interplay between the brown rocks and green trees makes for a stunning natural scene in Bryce Canyon in Utah. In a brown and green color scheme, this color scheme is both natural and earthly. This color combination makes for a warm palette in any design.
9. Bold & Strong
The use of primary colors in this shot of Napali, Hawaii, gives the image a bold and strong appearance. Applying the primary colors of red, blue, yellow and green adds for a unique touch to your designs. The primary color wheel is often used in business branding for a reason – they are often perceived by consumers as representing confidence and trust.
10. Bright & Fresh
A row of pretty dark pink flowers atop long light green stalks is reminiscent of the new beginnings that spring brings. The color combination is feminine yet bold. Taken in Hitachi Seaside Park, Japan, this image features the perfect color combination for a fresh and bright color combination.
11. Floating Ice
Varying shades of cool, glacial blues dominate this shot of stunning icebergs floating on the lake in Iceland. With this choice of colors, nobody can mistake the message you are trying to convey in the shot. Use this monochromatic color scheme when you want to express visions of minimalism, peace, serenity or icy coolness.
12. Vivid Sunlight
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This combination of vivid colors breaks the all-white that typically dominates winter scenes. The dark, dramatic oranges and yellows of the sun set in the background give this winter scene in Ukraine a fantastic energy and vitality, perfect for any bright project.
13. Spring Blooming
The carpet of pink blooming rhododendron flowers adds a bright, colorful touch to an otherwise subdued background in the Carpathians. It’s a perfect palette of colors when you want to illustrate ‘the calm after the storm’ for a light design feel.
14. Frosty Winter
The sparkly white of this frosty winter scene adds a cool touch to the image. As it is, the choice of colors and effects in this winter scenery in a city park adds the perfect magical touch to any of your projects.
15. Autumn Glow
Nothing says autumn better than golden and rust colored leaves. The light color combination that makes up this autumn landscape has almost every color of the season - rust, gold, brown, green and yellow. Choose from these colors for your next project for bright color combinations.
16. Coral Tones
Shot in the Red Sea in Egypt, a medley of vibrant colors brings this underwater scene to life beautifully. The deep, rich blue waters in the background act as a beautiful foil to the range of bright colors in the foreground. This rich color combination is perfect for any creative project.
17. Oak & Ash
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Even a pile of fallen leaves can make for a great color combination. Fallen leaves in a range of browns interspersed within oranges, greens, reds and yellows makes for a shot that is rustic and colorful. Give your rustic projects a touch of color with this gorgeous palette.
18. Peachy Roses
Looking for an impactful color palette? This color combination features a bright mix of greens and warm reds, providing a great energy to your project. The playoff is perfect for a fresh touch to any design that is natural and bright.
19. Pretty & Pink
Are you looking to add a feminine touch to your designs? A bunch of flowers colored in various shades of pink is unmistakably feminine. A light color combination of various pink shades will help you add a bright touch to your designs.
20. Shades of Green
The different shades of green found in this plant in Oasis, Sussex adds a refreshing and calming touch to any project. This fresh foundation is a great color combination for any bright and clean design.
21. Subdued & Subtle
The foaming waterfall creates a starkly dramatic contrast to an otherwise subdued and subtle scene. The Autumn season is evident in this color combination with shades of brown, orange and yellow.
22. Shades of Blue
The medley of light blue petals with their strong blue outline gives the shot a look that is cool and prominent. This dark and light color combination is perfect for a design project in which you want to make a strong impact.
23. Vibrant & Fresh
A bouquet of tulips features a color palette with a variety of vibrant yellows, purples, reds and greens. If you want to achieve a look of summer freshness in your next project, choose any combination of colors from this palette or use them all!
24. Sunny Yellow
These flowers feature multiple shades of yellow that add a sunny and bright feel to any design. Use this light color combination to add a burst of energy to your project. You may choose to combine it with the darker yellow and orange tones to add contrast to your designs.
25. Forest Greens
Looking for colors that will help emphasize your environmentally friendly mission? A color palette consisting of leafy greens and woody browns will help you achieve this vision. Include only dark greens and browns if you are going for a subdued look. Add a touch of lime green to the design if you want to brighten things up a notch.
26. Fiery Oranges
This spectacular color combination of bright yellows and fiery oranges reflects the colors of the sun setting on a bright and cloudless day. Use this color combination for your design projects if you want to add an energetic and bold touch.
27. Spring Pastels
The bouquet of spring tulips in pastel shades depicts grace and femininity. The vintage vase and background in different shades of light blue adds to the pastel palette. Choose this light color combination if you want your design project to evoke a sense of femininity and grace.
28. Bold Purples
Crisp purple hues compliment each other beautifully in this superb monochromatic image of spring lilac violet flowers. The lighter shades of purple act as a perfect counterfoil that highlight and accent the deeper, darker violet tones.
Tropical colors are showcased beautifully in this colorful wedding bouquet of summer flowers. The combination of oranges, pinks and greens is unmistakably tropical and the wooden container gives the entire scene a look that is rustic and colorful.
30. Pink Blossom
Pink blossoms herald the beginning of spring. Applying this color palette to your designs is a great way to add softer shades of pink that suggest femininity. Browns sprinkled within the sea of pink blossom will give more character and depth to an otherwise all-pink scheme that can be overpowering.
31. Asian Inspiration
A black ground interspersed with scarlet creates a vivid two-toned dark color combination that is stark and stunning. This is the perfect color combination for your branding needs and adds a dramatic contrast that is sure to get any customers attention.
32. Shell Shades
Are you looking for a bright color combination? The soft off-whites, pinks, beiges and purple colors of these shells are versatile and can be used for a light and soft touch to your design projects.
33. Mother of Pearl
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The shimmering peach and light green pearls on a mother of pearl shell is an opulent choice of colors. Use this color scheme for a design that suggests elegance, sophistication and luxury - a magical touch for any project.
This all-pastel color scheme is soft and gentle. Pastel shades work wonderfully for designs that aim for a refreshing touch. This color combination is perfect for invitations to special events and baby showers.
35. Mushroom Browns
Are you looking to add an organic touch to your designs? Earthy browns and greens can be a great way to bring out natural color combinations in your project. Add a darker color for contrast to make your color palette pop from the page.
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Are you looking for a dark color palette for your next design? This color combination adds a darker touch to any project. The combination of browns, greys and blacks can be a great dynamic to your website, blog or business card design.
37. Classic Color Wheel
The combination of deep, rich blues complemented by vibrant yellows, fiery red and specks of green creates a rich color palette that exudes happiness, energy and exuberance. This rich color combination is a great choice for your branding and design needs.
38. Leopard Print
The leopard-like combination of the orange, yellow and black colors are commonly seen in fashion for color schemes such as that of shoes. However, Leopard prints are also extremely eye-catching on their own and this color combination can be used for other purposes such as to complement a rainforest conservation site or perhaps a logo for a zoo program.
39. Butterfly Tones
The exotic colorations of the butterfly with its varying shades of yellow, from a soft to a bright tinge contrasts effectively with the pale, blue from the opposite end of the color circle. This is a wonderful color palette to use for an outdoor scenery to add a gentle tone of happiness.
40. Lime Greens
The vivid green of the frog is almost the same color of the leaf that it has settled upon. The difference between the two is the contract in the slight change in shade that affects the textures. This is a perfect example of how to use textures to create drama in a scene composed of one color scheme.
41. Light & Airy
What do you imagine when you think pink, airy and light brown? I can imagine a nice warm cappuccino sitting right in front of me. The light brown froth, the little white, pinkish heart shape, smoothly integrated into image creates a soft sweetness.
42. Cool Tones
The medley of cool tones with the smoky grey veil gives the shot a sense of peace and serenity. The soft brown, seen in the monkeys, adds little blobs of color to an otherwise monochromatic color scheme. It’s a great choice of colors when you want to depict quiet solitude or even mystery.
Purple and white is a match made up in heaven. More specifically up far out in space. With the black from the arctic fox's eyes you got the darkness of space, the purple is one of the many colors you see in nebulas and the white is the speckles of stars. It's a perfect palette for a lovely composition of space!
44. Crisp & Fresh
This is an absolutely gorgeous and versatile combination of colors. The brilliant orange dominates the shot and is highlighted by shimmering green and the kingfisher’s long brown beak. This combination works well together and creates a crisp and clear finish to the imagery.
45. Golden Locks
The golden browns of this color scheme creates a lovely sense of peace and serenity to the imagery. The varying shades starting at a soft pink tone to the darker brown shadow creates charm without unnecessary contrast and color domination.
46. Monkey Business
The muted color scheme of this palette conveys a sense of quiet serenity. The ash gray dominates this combination with the brown tinge adding unexpected highlights. Complementary shades of gray and brown help enhance any imagery beautifully.
47. Cozy Warm Tones
The medley of browns is deftly accented with the soft purple, which adds a touch of flavour and royalty to this palette. These pastel colors complement a range of other colors as seen in the addition of the yellows and whites of the flower in this image.
The range of grey is accentuated by the soft yellow, which adds a touch of pure happiness. The gray helps to highlight the freshness of the yellow, as seen in this image. This is a great color combination to show freshness, purity and simplicity.
49. Warm & Natural
Who says brown is boring? Far from it. The rich, dark, chocolatey background forms the perfect foil that highlights the light browns of this palette, demonstrated in the rabbit. This color scheme is rich, warm and comforting and perfect for both a warm nature based scene or on the other side a welcoming cafeteria.
50. Aqua Greens
It’s hard to imagine another shot that so aptly illustrates a beautiful range of aqua greens. The green progresses from a light, shimmering aqua shade to a deeper, darker shade of green. Right in the middle the scene is an olive green turtle that floats along playfully adding a spark of color. This color scheme makes for a beautiful color combination to depict marine or acqua settings.
This combination of neutral colors is versatile enough to be used in several different design projects. Choose one or two colors from this palette to create the main background and add accents using the other colors to create a look that is sophisticated yet comfortable.
Monochrome? Yes. Boring? No way. This is a brilliant example of how to use tints and shades in your work. This image is composed exclusively of browns but in shades that range from tan and chocolate brown to light beige and neutral white. This variety of the brown shifts your thinking from "why is there so much brown" to "wow all those browns look lovely". Plus you can't ignore the adorable puppy.
53. Organic & Neutral
The color palette used in this shot is perfect for use in any design project that involves birds of prey, wildlife, nature or the desert. The orangey-brown, ash gray and opaque green coloration contrasted effectively with black works well to create a fantastic background for projects based on a nature theme.
54. Chocolate Browns
Looking for a neutral color scheme that you can use in multiple projects? Check out the range of browns and blacks used in this shot. The earthy overtones of this combination, complement each other and add a warm tone to the image.
55. Sober Tones
This color scheme, represented by the lone seagull, creates a sense of subdued drama with the strong contrast between the black and yellow tones. The colors add emphasis to the image, and like we see in this picture, add a warm tone to the cool colors of the ocean.
56. Trinidad & Tobago
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The shimmering greens and blues are colors that any fashion designer would go gaga over. The bright, sparkly blue and green are underscored by a deep, shimmery purple that complement each other effortlessly. These colors come together to create the ideal combination for a loud, shimmery and individualistic style.
Food & Drink Inspirations
57. Exotic Coconut
Nothing says tropical fun better than this color combination, and a pina colada with mint served in a fresh coconut. The yellow pineapple wedge adds the perfect finishing touch and pop of color to this fun combination. If you’re looking for earthy tropical colors this color scheme has the perfect colors for your design - brown, white , green and pineapple yellow.
A cheese tray provides the perfect inspiration for anyone looking to use a palette of yellows in their next design project. The combination of bright and light yellows gives any scene a delightfully refreshing and happy look.
59. Submerged Citrus
This medley of vivid reds and oranges is the perfect combination for a Citrus Sensations. The solid light-colored blue adds a soft tone to the combined colors without conflicting or detracting from the other bright colors. The sharp reds in this palette provides the right degree of contrast with the white rind and yellow peel.
60. Summer Tones
This tropical color combination evokes a warm summer vibe. The soft shades of this normally bright color combination effectively complement each other and add impact to the palette. Like you can see in this picture, the addition of the foam color and the gleam that covers all the elements of the image makes it look unmistakably refreshing.
61. Macaroon Pastels
This color scheme uses both contrasting and complementing colors to create an inviting and delicious combination. With a color scheme as varied as this, you can be sure there will be something for everyone. This is a perfect color palette for a pastry or ice-cream outlet.
This color scheme is ideal to add a fresh and fruity tinge to your work. The apricot and bottle shade is offset by the shades of green and will give your shot a sense of vitality and lusciousness tinged with freshness.
63. Ice-Cream Browns
This monochromatic combination of warm brown tones is excellent for themes related to the rich decadence of cocoa, coffee and chocolate. The range of brown shades from a lighter tone to a darker one adds warm variation. You can use this color palette freely without worrying about overkill. Just like coffee and chocolate, you can never get enough of it.
64. Strawberry Sensation
This color palette, with so many vibrant reds interspersed with dark purples and a soft browny-orange, represents sweet indulgence. This is a gorgeous color combination for a pastry chef or any little girl who's not into the stereotypical "girly pink". The color of the cake and the dark blackberry offset that red richness to ensure that it isn't overpowering.
From dark midnight blue to lighter indigo ink and even lighter periwinkle, a snap shot featuring only blueberries demonstrates a gorgeous medley of blues. With the addition of a sprig of green leaves and a hint of brown in the shot, the blue is balanced out but maintains its spectacularity.
66. Cherry Reds
This cherry color combination is ideal for a representation of modern Christmas colors. As you can see in this image, the combination of deep red cherries with their green stalks nestled in a soft green bowl creates a well complemented blend. You can use just these three colors in various combinations to create an endless array of fabulous Christmas scenes.
From the deep dark brown of the chocolate to the rich red of the strawberries to the gentle cream colored sugar dusted upon the dessert, there is nothing about this image that isn't inviting. All the warm rich colors complement each other and just make me want to tuck in. Who can say no to chocolate and strawberry?
This refreshing color palette includes a wide range of colors that complement each other beautifully. An abundance of light brown with dollops of red, light green, dark green and yellow sits atop a clear glass plate of soft grey that supports the medley of colors without overshadowing them.
69. Summer Vibes
The combination of varied shades of red and white make this a welcome sight that is reminiscent of summer. Use this color palette with restraint to add a burst of fresh color to your summer event posters or to give your scene a fresh and youthful look.
The rich luscious decadence of this shot is unmistakable and effectively enhanced by this color palette. The shades of red dominate the scene from the fillings to the outside of the tart but it stops short of being overpowering. This is the perfect color combination to use for a pastry shop project or for a design that depicts passion and lust.
From luscious reds and juicy greens to fresh yellows and refreshing oranges, this color palette evokes bright and lively imagery. You can use any of these colors in any combination to create scenes that depict health, vitality, nutrition and overall fitness.
72. Warm Amber
This is yet another excellent example of a monochromatic color palette that is breathtaking in its simplicity. A light toffee colored center is flanked by richer shades of the same color and accented by both, a darker shade of amber as well as a lighter shade that is almost white with tints of toffee. It’s a refreshing, neutral palette that is versatile for many purposes.
This happy color palette is an epitome of fun and gaiety. There’s nothing somber, sedate or serious about this combination. Are you looking to design a summer party invitation or a child’s birthday party invite? Let the fun begin with invites in this bright-colored palette.
74. Jazzy & Jeweled
Red tends to be a very dominating color especially since it can be such a warm color. This image clearly demonstrates how even a slight contrast in the colors in a composition can provide it with a much needed relief. This is clearly shown in this image as the mint green leaves and soft silver stand out against the red.
Different shades of brown dominate this scene, which act as a perfect enhancement for the bright purple and pink or the flower and pipe. The bright colors provided by the purple straws add a splash of pink petals in the foreground add colorful relief to the palette and bring life and fun to the combination.
This punch of orange is just what you need to bring a bland, boring scene to life. Orange radiates warmth and happiness and if you are looking to add excitement to a monotonous gray, brown, green or blue shot that needs a little something extra, a splash of orange will make a difference.
77. Washed Out
Ripples and swirls of raspberry red add delicate tints of color in this beautiful image. It’s a color combination that’s made in heaven for a wide range of design projects especially those that are aimed towards a more feminine audience. It’s a color scheme that’s cozy, comfortable, rich and delicious all at the same time.
78. Vibrant & Summery
This shot is an epitome of rustic Italian cuisine. The dark contrast acts as the perfect rustic counterfoil to the cheerful, bright yellows, reds, greens, purples and whites. Choose from this color palette for your next cooking project and add colorful life to the food depictions.
79. Faded Tones
The color scheme in this shot is distinctly mediterranean, with its combination of olive green, the darker green of the thyme leaves the milky creaminess of goat cheese served on a pink platter. These soft colors of pink and green are found on opposite ends of the color wheel, but their gentle tones work well together.
A tray filled with berries atop a base of sliced citrus fruits creates a colorful palette of bold colors that can be used to liven up any design. Despite the contrasting hues they all work together beautifully. Use them all together or just pick a couple of colors to infuse your next project with a touch of brightness.
A color palette of chocolate browns and white oozes decadence evoke comfort and luxury in equal measure. This combination of colors can be used to depict all of the above features. The neutral color scheme allows these colors to be used by themselves and also to be added to any other color scheme. The lighter colors of this palette tone down the overall effect whereas the darker shades add distinct drama and highlights.
82. Cherry Combination
The cherry red, seen in this image, adds loads of color and drama to an otherwise cool shot of peach ice cream. This cherry color combination is the perfect example of how to use only a dash of deep dark colors to accent your design beautifully without overpowering it or hogging the attention.
This neutral palette of colors, ranging from white and light grey to deeper and darker browns, is super versatile. It can be used for a wide range of design projects, from those that focus on cool compositions to those that focus on warmer, rich, foamy cappuccinos.
84. Flaming Reds
This predominantly red based color palette uses a softly contrasting creamy-brown color to add another dimension to the composition. The overpowering reds makes this color palette ideal for images evoking lust and passion and will add power and energy to any project.
85. Fresh Watermelon
When you think of the combination of red, green and white, you can’t help but imagine scenes at Christmas time. But red, green and white - the traditional colors of Christmas can also be used to convey the luscious refreshment that a slice of watermelon provides and add summery feels to the image.
86. Outdoor Relaxation
This color palette presents perfect colors to complement a beach scene. The cool color palette of this image with its soft greens and gentle greys work together in harmony and can be applied to almost any calm composition.
87. A Rio Touch
The imposing Christ the Redeemer statue stands tall in the foreground and dominates the scene that is otherwise composed of a variety of vintage blues, greens and browns. The light green stands in stark contrast to the muted colors of the background. This is a great color scheme for a vintage scene.
The soft purples, the complementing blue and the contrasting black creates a mystical combination of colors. The view of this charming town of Positano on the Amalfi Coast in Sorrento Italy uses the colors of this palette to add a magical tone to the buildings located on the hill.
89. Retro Style
Red is one of those colors that can brighten up the dullest of compositions as it has done in this color palette. The blur of the red buses, seen in this image, adds a vivid punch of color to the vintage, retro style scene composed of browns, grays and blues.
90. Neutrals in Italy
This color palette depicts a warm, stone influenced imagery, typical of a vintage European landmark seen in the above shot. The addition of green provides colorful relief to the range of browns and greys of this palette and scene in the shot of the colosseum.
91. Harmonious Tones
This heavily warm color palette, successfully depicted in the The Marble Temple of Bangkok in this image, is ideal for summery and tropical tones. This palette can be effectively contrasted with cool blues and provide relief to the image.
92. Canal in Venice
This color palette complements the romantic scene of the canal in Venice. The combination of water based colors with the contrasting cream and black, creates cool tones. In the image, these colors create a gentle flow in the water with the seemingly slow movement of the gondola and effectively complement the delicate, soft brown of the buildings.
93. Modern Inspiration
Purple, typically a royal color, brings importance to this color palette and enhances the cool shades of blue. In this shot of St. Peter's cathedral in Rome, the purple glimmer that lays over the structures helps add a sense of superiority to the cathedral. The soft gradient from blue to a soft purple-brown color, ties the palette together perfectly.
94. Pales & Navies
The marble columns of the Suleymaniye mosque, along with its pale blue domes, present a palette that is so cool it could almost be freezing. These colors are befitting for any arctic or ice composition. Despite being dominated by shades of blue, this image showcases how well it works and how gentle they can be.
This image of a terraced salt pans of the Cusco Region in Peru uses a white and brown color palette that is extremely versatile. It can be used for a wide range of design projects, from the trees and snow of an arctic forest to the coffee and whipped cream of a Starbucks frappe. Think chocolate, coffee, snow, ice. So many combinations with two simple neutral colors.
96. Classic & Dark
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This snapshot of Pont Alexandre III and Les Invalides in Paris at sunrise brings out a light and dark color combination that is subdued and restrained. You can choose from the black and gray combination in the foreground or the pale cream in the background. In both cases, you can accent the whole effect with a dollop of bright orangey color strategically placed.
This autumn based color scheme is emphasized by the yellow buildings and pale blue sky. The browns and greys are softened by the blue and yellows. Despite typically being bright colors, this palette uses a duller tone of each color to create a gentler combination. To enhance this style, a retro filter can complement these colors and help create the ultimate retro look.
98. Mellow & Warm
The warm and earthy tone of this old city street in Croatia makes the viewers feel like they are looking at a place untouched by modern technology, a place still rooted in its culture. The browns and reds, with their varying tones, truly showcase how monochromatic palettes aren't necessarily dominating but rather complement and enhance the imagery.
99. Sydney Blues
These deep blue color palette suits a variety of themes from water-based projects to nightlife, as depicted in this image of Sydney. Although the blues themselves may not seem dark, their contrast with the specks of bright yellow light brings it out. The smooth shade changes of the blue creates a gentle and soft feel to the color scheme.
The bright red and emerald green Oriental structure stands in stark contrast to the muted gray of Mt. Fuji in the background. The soft brown of the pagoda wall offers colorful relief. The colors in this palette are quintessentially oriental and are ideal for any oriental-focused design project.
101. Cherry Blossom
Colors like the gentle purple of the cherry blossom tree as well as the jade green and brown of the castle create the perfect color palette for any East Asian art. The palette can lend itself to both East Asian fashion as well as more traditional painting.
This soft color palette of greens and browns, creates a gentle relief to any project. This suave combination of colors works well against any other color scheme as seen in this image contrasting against the vibrant green. The green and brown combination is versatile and can be used freely in any design.
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The use of contrasting colors with the blue and red create a strong effect and enhance the value of each individual color. This is an ideal color palette if you are looking to recreate an authentic waterfront scene as seen in this classic waterfront scene of the Tamsui River in Taipei, Taiwan.
This powerful sunset, effectively using the superior nature of the soft purple within the palette casts contrasts dramatically with the bright green. This resultant scene at Wat None Kum in Thailand offers plenty of unexpected unconventional color combinations that you can choose to use for your next design project.
Just this one shot encapsulates the charm and colors of this German city, successfully using blues, yellows and browns to create suave and complementing imagery. If you’re looking for medieval colors for your design, there are plenty to choose from in this charming color palette.
This palette consists of soft shades of light and dark blues and bright and soft blues and browns. The integration of the brighter blue and brown colors will add spark and flavour to any scene.
107. Dimmer Tones
A shot of the traditional colorful houses alongside the canal in Colmar, Petit Venice highlights this charming palette of colors. The darker shades of each colors make this combination ideal for dimmer scenes that will contrast well with light, bright colors.
108. Rich & Magical
The rich, opulent gold of the Shwedagon pagoda dominates the midnight blue skies over Myanmar at night. The red lanterns dot the sky contrasting effectively with the dark color and create a spectacular effect. This rich color combination is the classic combination to use when you want to depict royalty.
109. Mellow & Dark
The importance of balance is so explicitly captured in the combination of colors seen in this shot of Istanbul in Turkey. The dark midnight blues would have dominated the shot if not for the warmth of the light of the Mosque Wall that catches the attention of the viewer.
Nothing says regal more than the color gold which is the first thing that strikes the viewer in this shot. It is a fitting color for the Golestan Palace in Tehran Iran and a great addition to this color scheme, alongside its strong orange. The gold is complemented by a vibrant green that gives the palette a natural relief, which is reinforced by the dull blue.
111. Bright & Flamboyant
The medley of colors highlights the colorful nature of the people of Medina of Chefchaouen, Morocco in Africa. There’s nothing shy about the colors. Bold blues, bright red and a soft green and pink add charm to any imagery without clashing or looking garish. This colorful palette is ideal for infusing a sense of fun and gaiety into any design.
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The use of faded tones of greens, reds and yellows creates a light and calm color combination in this shot of a mountain lake in National Park High Tatra. The sun peeking above the trees in the distance provides the only clue that the shot was taken early morning before the hustle and bustle of the day begins. Using a retro style filter will help you achieve this look for any image.
113. Colorful Vibrance
The use of vivid colors in these houses in Burano Island near Venice, Italy, makes this an eye-catching palette. The combination of sunny yellow, candy pink, burnt orange and lavender adds a bright freshness that gives the scene a playful look. It’s a fabulous choice of colors when you want to give your project a fresh and youthful look.
114. Misty Mornings
The sheer simplicity of the scene in Nagalang, Labuan features the perfect combination between warm and cool colors. The light orange skies cast a serene glow over the still blue waters that surround the lone brown house-on-stilts in the distance. It’s a beautiful color palette for depicting serenity, simplicity or minimalism.
The color scheme in this early morning sunrise in Coronado Island, San Diego, USA is calm, cool and inviting. The azure blue skies are tinged with a warm coral tint that hints of sunrise. This combination of colors is feminine and perfect for soft and neutral designs.
116. Fresh & Bright
An abundance of magentas in a wide variety of shades interspersed by bright blue accents and flanked by greens makes this an unconventional color palette. Shot in Burano Island near Venice, Italy, this is an excellent choice of colors when you want to feature femininity and bold colors in your designs.
117. Sky Meets Water
The soft setting sun bathes the entire sky in this Maldives peachy glow, creating an orange horizon where it meets the emerald green lagoon. The brown facades of the overwater bungalows act as a perfect foil between the orange skies and the shimmering green waters. This light and dark color combination is perfect for any warm design palette.
The medley of colors in this Kuwait city landscape range from moderate orange and pink to grayish orange accented by bright yellow flecks in between. This color palette is perfect for a darker design color scheme.
119. Crispy Mornings
The interplay of browns, blues and shell pink create a relaxing color scheme in this scenery of Adige River and Ponte di Pietra in Verona, Italy. It’s the perfect palette of colors to choose from when you want to project warmth, peace and harmony in your designs.
Blue skies and white clouds are separated from the shimmering emerald waters by an unending row of old houses in this colorful image of a canal in Venice. This light color combination is ideal for a website or blog.
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