Looking for great color combinations to use in your graphic design or logo projects? You’re in luck! I’ve put together 10 awesome color schemes below – which each include the name of the color and the HEX code for the color (which you can copy and paste into your design software – such as GIMP or Inkscape).
Each set of colors contains five color swatches – with the colors following either a single color rule or, in most cases, multiple color rules to ensure there is color harmony (i.e. a combination of Monochromatic, Complimentary, Split Complimentary, Triadic, etc. color schemes). Some of the color sets are bright and pop, while others are more subdued or subtle.
Take a look at the color variations below, and feel free to use them in any of your commercial or personal design projects or artwork! You can also tweak the existing colors on your own or add new colors. These swatches are perfect for branding, logos, digital art, web design, or whatever project requires a color scheme.
1. AZURE LIME WINTER SKY
This color set makes a statement with an eye-catching combination of bright blue and lime greens, anchored by the darker “Absolute Zero” blue and accentuated by the “Winter Sky” pink. This is perfect for anyone looking to design a bubbly or more playful logo.
2. IMPERIAL RED WHITE AND BLUE
This spin-off of “Old Glory,” the nickname for the American Flag, uses an elegant combination of reds, off-white, and blues to invoke patriotism using a stylistic edge. These colors will be highly versatile as they always work well together – allowing you to create a vintage logo, grungy t-shirt design, or a more sophisticated branding playbook. Either way, you can’t fail with classic red, white, and blue!
3. MANGO JAZZBERRY TRYPAN
This extremely bright and colorful combination is a bold mix of feel-good hues that excite and captivate the viewer. The names of these colors perfectly describe the uniqueness they possess and energy they evoke – from Mango to Jazzberry Jam to Trypan Blue. To me, this color set reminds me of summer, of a good mood, or of a pre-COVID mega-concert featuring an eclectic mix of electronic and pop sensations.
4. powder pearly sea
LIGHT SEA GREEN
Want your branding to make your customers feel like their relaxing on a gulf-coast beach in Florida? That’s exactly how I feel when I take in this color combination (then again, that’s where I grew up – so my tastes are totally biased). The “Powder Blue” and “Light Sea Green” are close enough to “Sea Foam Green” to evoke that same oceanic vibe, while being distinct enough to not feel overused or cliche. These relaxing greens are paired with a nice “Lemon Yellow” for contrast, and rounded out with a calming “Pearly Purple” and more striking “Mauve” purple to create a dynamic swatch panel.
5. SPANISH-FRENCH NEON
When I look at these colors, I see the same boldness one thinks of when they envision the Spaniards or French at the height of their respective world powers. Add in the striking “Neon Green” and you get a powerful and emotional color set that is as unique as it is rich and royal. Use these colors if you want to make your customers feel like royalty, or if you want to make your business feel regal while still appealing to the younger crowd.
6. JEDI BLUE IRISH
ST PATRICKS BLUE
I really love this monochromatic blue color set dashed with “Lemon Curry.” I think this color combination will probably work best as a cinematic palette for photo editing or manipulation, or for some form of color grading in video or illustrative works. These colors could easily be used in a comic book motif or a superhero storyboard. However, these colors are versatile enough to be worked into corporate literature or to create that popular orange-blue contrast in a photo or video.
7. CALIFORNIA HERE I COME
VIVID SKY BLUE
It’s not only the names of these swatches that invoke the great state of California, but also the laid-back, borderline earth-tone hues. These colors make me want to jump on a long-board and head to the beach to catch some early morning waves. I recommend using this color combination for organic t-shirt brands, west-coast vibes, or a local hipster clothing outfitter.
8. SMOKY THE BEAR
FOREST GREEN TRADITIONAL
SACRAMENTO STATE GREEN
The next color combination on this list utilize deep earth-tones with an orange “vermillion” accent. Unlike the last color set, which was more of a west-coast surfer vibe, these colors make you want to hike three miles to a camp fire and be one with nature. I recommend this color scheme for outdoor gear companies, nature preserves or state parks, or companies touting environmentally friendly policies and strategies.
9. the modern politician
Utilizing variations of the primary colors red, blue, and yellow, with a secondary purple color, this color scheme will provide you with myriad opportunities to create eye-catching designs that “pop.” I see the primary colors being used together in a traditional logo, with the purple coming in handy as an accent color in literature or other marketing materials. This swatch panel should have universal appeal – like a major restaurant chain or a political campaign.
10. RUSSIAN POPSTAR
The last color set on this list is certainly the most unique! It uses shades of pink ending in a darker purple, anchored by the near-black “Xiketic” to invoke sensuality. When I view this palette, it reminds me of something exotic – like a lipstick brand or edgy pizza or donut company (I know that sounds weird, but think “Voodoo Doughnut” or “Sexy Pizza”). If you’re looking to stand out against your competition by using a color set that contrasts with the traditional connotation of your industry, this is the perfect scheme for you.
That’s it for this list! I recommend bookmarking this article so you can revisit it any time you need inspiration for colors to use in your graphic design projects. You can also use whatever color scheme you decided on in any of my GIMP tutorials or Inkscape tutorials to learn how to create your own unique designs!