How many times have we been in the situation of trying and failing to find the right combination for our colour palette? To paint our room, to choose the colour of the clothes on that special night, for our website or even for our company’s corporate image. Sometimes such a simple decision fills us with doubts and questions because we don’t know which colours will be suitable.
Design trends are always changing, and they are part of the decision making process. In the old days, a black sofa could seem like a horrible thing and convey negativity to a home. However, now it can be something very stylish if our house is minimalist in style.
The color combination is a very important decision and will be part of our digital strategy in web design. For this reason, today I want to give you the best tools to create and generate color palettes online, apart from advice and examples to combine colors on your website.
Free online colour palette generators
When we are blocked from choosing combinations, we can use tools to generate color combinations to help us make the final decision. These are easy to use tools that will make our lives much easier when trying out combinations, and they are also online and free.
Coolors is one of my favorite color generation tools, and the one I use daily with my clients in the design of their websites. Once we access the tool, it’s as simple as pressing the space button on our keyboard, and different combinations will appear. In the case that one of the colours has already been chosen, we will look for the combination that matches that colour.
2. Adobe Color Wheel CC
The Adobe wheel is characterized by the ability to use rules when selecting colors. That is, to select our palette we must indicate what type of colors the tool will use.
Paletton is a tool with a very useful function in terms of choosing colors for your website. It is about choosing a combination of colors and automatically creates a sample website with the chosen colors so you can see how they combine with each other online for your projects.
It also gives us the option to test this color combination on light or white pages, and on pages with black and dark backgrounds, a very big advantage depending on the style you have in mind for your design.
If we have the color combination selected, we can go to this tool and see how they will look in this example website, and decide if we should change anything before we start structuring the website.
4. Color Hex Palettes
Color Hex is not a tool for creating color combinations, but a page where you are shown almost 50,000 different types of hex color palettes. But in addition, we can search for it through its RGB, CMYK, etc. color code.
Colormind is a tool for making color palettes that works in a very similar way to Coolors. We generate palettes until we find the right one and block it until we get the perfect combination. With this tool we can also upload our images and take out the color palettes of these pictures in a very simple way.
6. Color tab
Color Hunt Tab is a Google Chrome extension that, once enabled, when we open new tabs in the browser, will open different combinations of color palettes. We can leave this extension installed to see if it gives us inspiration in our colours without having to go looking.
7. Colour Lovers Palettes
This color web consists of users uploading their own color palettes to receive feedback in the form of likes or comments. If we look, at the top right of Colour Lovers, we have the option to CREATE. It would be a matter of combining the ranges of colours we like the most, uploading it to the web and waiting for the feedback from other users.
The Colourcode tool is similar to the previous ones we have seen. The difference with this one is that, once you pass the cursor over the colours, it gives you different palette ideas. Depending on the option that we have put to it, the combination will be analogous, monochromatic, etc.
You don’t think Pinterest is a tool for creating color palettes, do you?Well, you’re right, it’s not. But at Pinterest we can come up with very creative ideas to choose your color palette, which will surely help you in your decision.
Colrd is a very complete color palette creator, as it not only has this functionality. The tool provides a multitude of photographs very careful with their respective colors to provide ideas to users of your website. In addition, we can search these images by theme.
11. Material Design Palette
In Material Design Palette, as a result of two primary colors we select, it generates a palette of colors automatically combining these two as a base. We can play with the two primary colors until we find our ideal combination.
12. Cohesive Colors
Cohesive Colors will generate color palettes depending on the intensity you select. We can save the color one by one, or copy the entire palette and save it.
13. Color Picker
Using the Color Picker’s color picker, we will click and search for the color we like best. As in Adobe Color CC, we will have to select if we want the colors to be analogous, complementary, etc. Depending on this, the tool will generate one color palette or another.
Colorhexa is a tool with functionalities very similar to Color Hex. We include the color, and it gives us all the information we need about it. Besides information, it gives us ideas of combinations with the main color we have extracted.
This Udcube colour circle works in a very similar way to Adobe. If we click on “Harmony”, the options for the color combinations of the circle will be opened, that is, complementary colors, analogous colors, 3 colors, 4 colors, etc. Depending on our needs we play until we find the right palette.
Combining colors for a website is not easy, since that color we choose will be engraved in the minds of our users. Therefore, the best option is to get inspired by other websites and see which one has the style that could fit our brand best.
When determining the colour palette, we must take into account both our personal taste and the point of view of the people we want to reach, that is, our target audience. Taking inspiration from the great brands is a good option, because if it was a good idea for these companies to choose these colours, it can be a good idea for you too.