Color is one of the most critical aspects of a design. In this roundup, we compiled 101 brand new color combinations to inspire your next project.

Cover image via Bukhta Yurii.  

Color sets the tone of any visual, engaging viewers while shaping their perceptions. Whether monochromatic, bright, cool, warm, or complementary, all shades play a role in design.

Finding the right colors for your design can be daunting. That’s why we created 101 color combinations for you to use. Each palette is inspired by Shutterstock images and comes with a set of hex codes so you can use them in your website design, social media ads, direct mailers – maybe even your kitchen remodel! Look out for the palettes already available in our online photo editor Shutterstock Editor, where you can start designing with them right away in a pre-made template.

Love one these color combos? Be sure to Pin it on your design mood board so you can get inspired later. Scroll to the bottom to get your free swatch download so you can easily access all of these color palettes in design applications.


Monochromatic

Monochromatic color palettes are made up of a single base hue, then extended with that hue’s shades, tints, and tones. By adding black, white, or grey to a color, you can create a consistent color palette that’s versatile and easy on the eyes.

01. Comfy & Neutral

101 Color Combinations to Inspire Your Next Design – Comfy and Neutral Color Palette
Image via Philipp Shuruev

02. Mellow Agate

101 Color Combinations to Inspire Your Next Design – Mellow Yellow Color Palette
Image via Gluiki.

This agate crystal, inspired by our Natural Luxury trend, is derived from shades of yellow to give a bright sunshine tone. Use this complete palette to instantly grab the viewer’s attention, or select a single yellow hue to add contrast in your designs.

03. Misty Greens

101 Color Combinations to Inspire Your Next Design – Misty Green Color Palette
Image via FlashMovie

04. Subdued Succulent

101 Color Combinations to Inspire Your Next Design – Succulent Blue Green Color Palette
Image via Patiwat Sariya.

Cacti and succulents are a force of nature and remain a major trend. The popularity of these desert plants is on the rise and will continue to be seen throughout the creative realm. With their calming and fun blue or green hues, they act as perfect color inspiration for your next project.

05. Western Wear

101 Color Combinations to Inspire Your Next Design – Western Wear Brown Color Palette
Image via Bogdan Sonjachnyj.

06. Emerald Garden

101 Color Combinations to Inspire Your Next Design – Emerald Green Color Palette
Image via Rattiya Lamrod.

This beautiful ebook template is fully customizable in Shutterstock Editor and is perfect for a nature-themed design.

07. Rosy Reds

101 Color Combinations to Inspire Your Next Design – Rosy Red Color Palette
Image via Gilmanshin

08. Pink Powders

101 Color Combinations to Inspire Your Next Design – Pink Powder Color Palette
Image via Plateresca.

09. Electric Purples

101 Color Combinations to Inspire Your Next Design – Electric Purple Color Palette
Image via MaxFrost.

Neon lights coupled with vibrant hues, coined New Minimalism, continue on the rise as a major trend. Amp up your designs with pops of concentrated color to entice your viewers.


Cool Hues

Cooler colors consist of blues, greens, and purples, giving off tranquil and soothing vibes. By integrating these colors into your designs, you can achieve trustworthiness and calmness. These colors pair well with warmer hues to provide contrast.

10. Turkish Coffee

101 Color Combinations to Inspire Your Next Design – Turkish Coffee Color Palette
Image via Nella.

11. Color Whirl

101 Color Combinations to Inspire Your Next Design – Pink and Blue Color Palette
Image via Zaksheuskaya

12. Grunge Graffiti

101 Color Combinations to Inspire Your Next Design – Grunge Graffiti Color Palette
Image via TWStock

13. Celestial Green

101 Color Combinations to Inspire Your Next Design – Celestial Green Color Palette
Image via Space creator

Celestial craters and other galactic beauties are continuing to rise as a dominating trend. Grab inspiration from these dazzling space oddities for a truly out of this world design.

14. Cork Crowd

101 Color Combinations to Inspire Your Next Design – Wine Color Palette
Image via Karpenkov Denis.

15. Snakeskin & Scales

101 Color Combinations to Inspire Your Next Design – Snakeskin and Scales Color Palette
Image via IS Studio

16. Blooming Blossoms

101 Color Combinations to Inspire Your Next Design – Blooming Blossoms Color Palette
Image via schankz.

17. Angular Kaleidoscope

101 Color Combinations to Inspire Your Next Design – Kaleidoscope Color Palette
Image via dinkaspell

Intricate kaleidoscope patterns prevail as a global trend; originated by international cultures, these complex motifs are ideal for backgrounds with its symmetrical and seamless characteristics.

18. Raspberry Tart

101 Color Combinations to Inspire Your Next Design – Raspberry Tart Color Palette
Image via j.chizhe.

19. Vitamin Sea

101 Color Combinations to Inspire Your Next Design – Ocean Sea Color Palette
Image via BlueOrange Studio

20. Icy Stone

101 Color Combinations to Inspire Your Next Design – Icy Stone Color Palette
Image via marbleszone.com.

The delicate and alluring characteristics of the Natural Luxury trend transform any space, from home interiors to consumer goods. Add a touch of extravagance to your design by incorporating these dazzling details.

21. Sea Green

101 Color Combinations to Inspire Your Next Design – Sea Green Color Palette
Image via Quality Master.

22. Peace & Tranquility

101 Color Combinations to Inspire Your Next Design – Peace and Tranquility Color Palette
Image via Yulia Grigoryeva

23. Pure & Pigmented

101 Color Combinations to Inspire Your Next Design – Pigmented Color Palette
Image via Olha Vietrova

This customizable template is available right here on Shutterstock Editor. Show off your business’s special BOGO sales or advertise new products with just a few easy steps in Editor.

24. Soft Watercolors

101 Color Combinations to Inspire Your Next Design – Watercolor Palette
Image via NITIKON AEMITTIPOL.

25. Northern Lights

101 Color Combinations to Inspire Your Next Design – Northern Lights Aurora Color Palette
Image via Ken Phung

26. Pool Daze

101 Color Combinations to Inspire Your Next Design – Pool Daze Color Palette
Image via Alena Ozerova

Show some fun summer vibes via social media with this Lazy Sundaze template from Shutterstock Editor.

27. Morning Fishermen

101 Color Combinations to Inspire Your Next Design – Morning Fishermen Color Palette
Image via woottigon

28. Floral & Fun

101 Color Combinations to Inspire Your Next Design – Floral Fun Digital Crafts Color Palette
Image via wacomka

Paper and digital crafts are an emerging trend that provide realistic three-dimensional feel to online images. Go against the grain of flat design by integrating these whimsical images to your next project.

29. Cool Chameleon

101 Color Combinations to Inspire Your Next Design – Chameleon Color Palette
Image via Arif Supriyadi

30. Gorgeous Galaxies

101 Color Combinations to Inspire Your Next Design – Galaxies Color Palette
Image via acharyahargreaves.

Space’s dazzling qualities continue to reign as a dominant creative trend. Incorporate the breathtaking views of the galactic universe to your designs for added dimension.

31. Bold Ballerinas

101 Color Combinations to Inspire Your Next Design – Bold Ballerinas Color Palette
Image via maratr.

32. Mountainous Trek

101 Color Combinations to Inspire Your Next Design – Mountainous Trek Color Palette
Image via everst

33. Piers & Pelicans

101 Color Combinations to Inspire Your Next Design – Piers and Pelicans Color Palette
Image via Romrodphoto

34. Greek Getaway

101 Color Combinations to Inspire Your Next Design – Greek Getaway Color Palette
Image via Andrew Mayovskyy

35. Natural Linens

101 Color Combinations to Inspire Your Next Design – Natural Linens Color Palette
Image via Nattapat Jitrungruengnij.

36. Foggy Landscapes

101 Color Combinations to Inspire Your Next Design – Foggy Landscape Color Palette
Image via herryfaizal

Mystical landscapes create imaginative realms that continue to surface in the creative arena and in our top trends. Take your viewer to an alternate dimension with magical palettes and imagery.

37. Bare Birch

101 Color Combinations to Inspire Your Next Design – Bare Birch Color Palette
Image via Oleg Znamenskiy.

38. Bundled Yarn

101 Color Combinations to Inspire Your Next Design – Bundled Yarn Color Palette
Image via Alena Ozerova

39. Ocean Floor

101 Color Combinations to Inspire Your Next Design – Ocean Floor Color Palette
Image via Rusya007

40. Desert Beauty

101 Color Combinations to Inspire Your Next Design – Desert Beauty Color Palette
Image via ED Reardon.

Couple these cacti, inspired by our creative trends, with important announcements for a striking design. You can easily edit this customizable template through our free Shutterstock Editor program.

41. Vintage Vibes

101 Color Combinations to Inspire Your Next Design – Vintage Vibes Color Palette
Image via J.D.S.

42. Central Breeze

101 Color Combinations to Inspire Your Next Design – Central Breeze Color Palette
Image via John A. Anderson

43. Island Tourist

101 Color Combinations to Inspire Your Next Design – Island Tourist Color Palette
Image via sergey causelove

Call attention to your next clothing or product sale with this eye-catching design. You can easily customize this template with our free Shutterstock Editor program.

44. Blooming Bouquet

101 Color Combinations to Inspire Your Next Design – Blooming Bouquet Color Palette
Image via Kate Aedon

45. Calming & Soothing

101 Color Combinations to Inspire Your Next Design – Calming and Soothing Color Palette
Image via Irina Bort

46. Exterior Blossoms

101 Color Combinations to Inspire Your Next Design – Exterior Blossoms Color Palette
Image via MARGRIT HIRSCH


Punchy & Bright

Vivid colors are both attention-grabbing and intense; their bold nature can be overpowering when paired with other rich hues, so use them sparingly. Complement a bright palette with a dark or neutral counterpart to avoid oversaturated designs.

Concentrated colors often evoke different moods and meanings than their softer or darker equivalents; a navy blue can emit a lack of emotion while a neon blue can incite creativity or cheerfulness.

47. Luminous Lines

101 Color Combinations to Inspire Your Next Design – Luminous Lines Color Palette
Image via Andrush

Fluorescent hues electrify a simple continuous line drawing. This thrilling take on the New Minimalism trend with concentrated and luminous colors elevates a seemingly minimalist design.

48. Tropic Popsicles

101 Color Combinations to Inspire Your Next Design – Tropic Popsicles Color Palette
Image via Lunov Mykola

49. Distorted Abstraction

101 Color Combinations to Inspire Your Next Design – Abstract Color Palette
Image via Klavdiya Krinichnaya.

50. Pops of Neon

101 Color Combinations to Inspire Your Next Design – Neon Color Palette
Image via Martyn Jandula.

Neon lights add a spark of interest to typography and clean lines; this major creative trend seeks to juxtapose minimalism with retrofuturistic brights for a striking effect.

51. Rainy Views

101 Color Combinations to Inspire Your Next Design – Rainy Views Color Palette
Image via richchy

52. Arizona Sunsets

101 Color Combinations to Inspire Your Next Design – Arizona Sunset Color Palette
Image via John Charboneau

These desert beauties, when paired with stunning sunsets, give off an air of vibrancy and allure that never goes out of style. This trend continues to captivate and dominate the creative world, from playful backgrounds to genuine photography.

53. Colorful Bloom

101 Color Combinations to Inspire Your Next Design – Colorful Bloom Color Palette
Image via Rohappy

54. Pastel Pastries

101 Color Combinations to Inspire Your Next Design – Pastel Pastries Color Palette
Image via Stephanie Frey

55. Meticulous Mandala

101 Color Combinations to Inspire Your Next Design – Mandala Color Palette
Image via ViSnezh

The rich and dynamic hues of this symmetrical mandala make for stylish backgrounds and backdrops. This globally adored trend, coined Ancient Geometrics, dives into the historic cultural elements of worldwide regions.

56. Cobalt Caves

101 Color Combinations to Inspire Your Next Design – Cobalt Color Palette
Image via Maciej Bledowski

57. Bright Cityscape

101 Color Combinations to Inspire Your Next Design – Cityscape Color Palette
Image via Catarina Belova

58. Luminous Bubbles

101 Color Combinations to Inspire Your Next Design – Holographic Foil Color Palette
Image via local_doctor

The incandescence of holographic foil adds an unmistakable retro spin to backgrounds and patterns. Add splashes of shimmer or create emphasis with this bubbling creative trend.

59. Poolside Waves

101 Color Combinations to Inspire Your Next Design – Poolside Color Palette
Image via Olga Max

60. Italian Dwellings

101 Color Combinations to Inspire Your Next Design – Italian Dwellings Color Palette
Image via Boris Stroujko.

61. Vivid Overlays

101 Color Combinations to Inspire Your Next Design – Vivid Overlays Color Palette
Image via DigitalDesign0770

Evoke a hint of nostalgia with shiny overlays and irredescent patterns, inspired by our holographic creative trend.

62. Sunny Scallops

101 Color Combinations to Inspire Your Next Design – Seashells Color Palette
Image via Fotana

63. Pastel Patios

101 Color Combinations to Inspire Your Next Design – Pastel Patios Color Palette
Image via Mica C Olinghouse

64. Vibrant Vibes

101 Color Combinations to Inspire Your Next Design – Punchy Pastel Color Palette
Image via Katya Havok

Depart from neutral tones by incorporating punchy pastel palettes to your designs for a thrilling bang.

65. Crisp Citrus

101 Color Combinations to Inspire Your Next Design – Citrus Color Palette
Image via casanisa

66. Hot Chili

101 Color Combinations to Inspire Your Next Design – Hot Chili Color Palette
Image via s74

67. Tea Party

101 Color Combinations to Inspire Your Next Design – Tea Party Color Palette
Image via Foxys Forest Manufacture

68. Rainbow Reverie

101 Color Combinations to Inspire Your Next Design – Rainbow Color Palette
Image via Tithi Luadthong

Mysterious yet mystical worlds invite viewers to dive into the unknown. Incorporate these creatures and landscapes to your designs for an imaginative flourish.

69. Acrylic Madness

101 Color Combinations to Inspire Your Next Design – Acrylic Color Palette
Image via Yuri Kabantsev

70. Fresh Spring

101 Color Combinations to Inspire Your Next Design – Spring Color Palette
Image via Katya Havok

Pastel hues are known for their delicacy; these trendy punchy pastels aren’t afraid to hide from saturation. Pack a punch in your next design with these energetic hues and backgrounds.

71. Summer Getaway

101 Color Combinations to Inspire Your Next Design – Summer Getaway Color Palette
Image via alphaspirit

72. Bohemian Motif

101 Color Combinations to Inspire Your Next Design – Bohemian Color Palette
Image via flovie

Digital crafts like embroidery transform a design by adding a touch of unexpected and tactile textures.

73. Coral Anemone

101 Color Combinations to Inspire Your Next Design – Coral Color Palette
Image via welcomia.

74. Striking Macaw

101 Color Combinations to Inspire Your Next Design – Macaw Color Palette
Image via Narupon Nimpaiboon

75. Spring Fling

101 Color Combinations to Inspire Your Next Design – Spring Fling Color Palette
Image via LaraP

Add a hint of spring florals with this customizable template from our free Shutterstock Editor program.


 Warm Tones

Warm hues contain reds, oranges, and yellows, along with a combination of the three hues. These stimulating colors give off rays of happiness and optimism, in contrast to cool colors’ relaxing and soothing nature. They tend to be vibrant colors, so think about using warmer tones in moderation or paired with cool hues to create a natural balance.

76. Koi Pond

101 Color Combinations to Inspire Your Next Design – Koi Pond Color Palette
Image via SAHACHATZ

77. Japanese Gardens

101 Color Combinations to Inspire Your Next Design – Japanese Garden Color Palette
Image via Moustache Girl

78. Citrus Punch

101 Color Combinations to Inspire Your Next Design – Citrus Color Palette
Image via Zamurovic Photography

These blood orange hues are sure to pack a citrusy twist. Incorporate fruity palettes, inspired by our creative trends, to sweeten your designs.

79. Mango Dream

101 Color Combinations to Inspire Your Next Design – Mango Color Palette
Image via Elena Veselova

80. Wood Fired

101 Color Combinations to Inspire Your Next Design – Pizza Color Palette
Image via Africa Studio

81. Terracotta Marble

101 Color Combinations to Inspire Your Next Design – Terracotta Color Palette
Image via Mariusz Szachowski

The intricate swirls and streaks ingrained into marbles are a true natural luxury; add a touch of unrefined elegance by integrating marbleized effects to your designs.

82. Lush & Luxurious

101 Color Combinations to Inspire Your Next Design – Autumn Color Palette

Image via Irina Alexandrova

83. Sushi Platter

101 Color Combinations to Inspire Your Next Design – Sushi Color Palette

Image via Lisovskaya Natalia

84. Bird in the Shadows

101 Color Combinations to Inspire Your Next Design – Bird Color Palette
Image via Nature Bird Photography

85. Rustic & Traditional

101 Color Combinations to Inspire Your Next Design – Rustic Color Palette
Image via Andreas G. Karelias

86. Butterfly Bliss

101 Color Combinations to Inspire Your Next Design – Butterfly Color Palette
Image via Behling.

87. Adventurous Reds

101 Color Combinations to Inspire Your Next Design – Adventerous Color Palette
Image via Galyna Andrushko


Complementary

Complementary color schemes include tones that are opposite from one another on the color wheel. Some complements include red and green, blue and orange, and yellow and purple. Their contradictory nature makes these color combinations both complex and arduous to carry out; when paired successfully, the complements create a vivid contrast that is crucial for an effective design composition.

88. Fitness Sportswear

101 Color Combinations to Inspire Your Next Design – Fitness Color Palette

Image via Alena Ozerova

89. Textile Dyes

101 Color Combinations to Inspire Your Next Design – Textile Color Palette

Images via Nattle

Display textile wonders and direct customers to RSVP to your upcoming workshops with this editable template from our free program.

90. Rooftop Views

101 Color Combinations to Inspire Your Next Design – Rooftop Color Palette
Image via Volodymyr Tverdokhlib.

91. Pure Produce

101 Color Combinations to Inspire Your Next Design – Produce Color Palette
Image via Yulia Grigoryeva

92. Mediterranean Marine

101 Color Combinations to Inspire Your Next Design – Mediterranean Color Palette
Image via Mikadun

Rich complementary hues attract viewers to your Summer Sale in this template available on Shutterstock Editor.

93. Juicy Fruits

101 Color Combinations to Inspire Your Next Design – Fruits Color Palette
Image via leonori

94. Rusted Gates

101 Color Combinations to Inspire Your Next Design – Rust Color Palette
Image via Magsi

95. Snow & Sunshine

101 Color Combinations to Inspire Your Next Design – Snow and Sunshine Color Palette
Image via kovop58

96. Decorative Florals

101 Color Combinations to Inspire Your Next Design – Decorative Petals Color Palette

Image via Prostock-Studio

Inform and direct your clients to your website with this bold editable template from our free Shutterstock Editor program.

97. Buzzing Blooms

101 Color Combinations to Inspire Your Next Design – Buzzing Blooms Color Palette
Image via Yulia Plekhanova

98. Rainy Day

101 Color Combinations to Inspire Your Next Design – Rainy Day Color Palette
Image via Cozy Home

99. Bakery Treats

101 Color Combinations to Inspire Your Next Design – Bakery Color Palette
Image via klom

Alert potential customers of hourly changes or new additions to your store with this tasteful template from Shutterstock Editor.

100. Tigers & Tundra

101 Color Combinations to Inspire Your Next Design – Tigers and Tundra Color Palette
Image via Jan Stria

101. Aged Arrangement

101 Color Combinations to Inspire Your Next Design – Aged Arrangement Color Palette
Image via Maglara


Download Swatch Files

Download these 101 free swatch palettes by clicking the link below. Each of these swatches is available in the RGB color profile, ideal for both online and web designs.

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Swatch files allow you to quickly apply color to any design element in your document with ease. These swatch files can be opened in Adobe design programs in just a few clicks. In other design applications, you can easily type the six-digit hex codes found on each color swatch in the palettes above.


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