Top 3 Favorite Color Palette Resource Go-Tos

Below are my top 3 favorite websites for exploring the vast world of colors and color combinations. These are my go-tos. Enjoy.

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Design Seeds

Jessica started Design Seeds as a unique angle at blogging based on her passion for color. If you haven’t nosed your way around the color palette hemisphere on the world wide web, you must check out her site. I always stop by the site and take a peek when I’m stumped with a color palette, branding, or inspirational challenge. You can even search for the RGB #s if you have them for a particular color and explore the connected palette options.

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Sherwin-Williams

Has anyone seen their TV commercials lately? How adorable are they?! Their site is pretty fab too and you can “Find & Explore Colors.” Shop by different collections like “The Jazz Age” (see photo above), paint swatch groups like “Rustic Refined“, and don’t forget about the ridiculously gorgeous interior and exterior home photography (drool).

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Adobe Kuler

Wanna play? Get ready. Kuler is an outstanding color wheel tool to help you find the right color grouping you are looking for. The glider bars let you slide a particular color and the adjacent bars move in connection with it. It finds the perfect analogous, monochromatic, triad, complementary, compound or shades based on the color bar you have moved along the color wheel. If anything, it’s a boredom buster. Go try it.

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The Excuse List

1. I shot two weddings last month. I’m an editing, album making fool.
2. My laptop crashed. No, really it did. The blue screen of death decided to say whaddup.
3. I’ve sold two items on my Etsy store. Which means I’ve had to make things to put in the store. Which takes time.

And those are my excuses for the lack of posts the past month. Take em or leave em.

Much love. Stay tuned.

5 Tips to Get Out of an Inspirational Rut

Stuck in an inspiration rut and can’t get out? Here are some handy dandy tips I have used in the past to get out of my creative hole of darkness.

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1. Stalk your favorite designers. I personally love Willoughby Design, Ciera Design, Cuban Council (they designed the Facebook logo!), and David Airey to name a few. See what they’ve created recently. Copy a color palette, observe layouts and font treatments, and read their advice (it’s good stuff).

2. Take a peek at these crazy sites: Tumbleweed Tiny House Company, Jonathan Harris, Cowbird, and Inc.com. Gain some perspective on life, purpose, intention, and expectations.

3. Subscribe to expert’s emails in your specific industry. If you work at a financial institution, The Financial Brand is a fantastic marketing resource. What do these experts have to say? How did they present their information? (Is it designed well?)

4. Get outside of your industry. What are experts doing in retail that you could apply to a financial institution? Compare two unrelated industries and see what is being used in the same way (photography style, marketing approach, Facebook promos, etc) and what is being used differently. Get out of your box for a moment and pull something back into it.

5. Pinterest. Duh.