A great color palette is one of the key pieces to have when it comes to branding your business. Your brand color palette should help to effectively communicate the mood, personality, and message that you want your business to share with your customer. If you’re just starting out and don’t have the financial resources to hire a professional brand designer, these free color palette generators will help you develop the perfect color palette to get your brand started.
I’ve compiled a list of five of my favorite free websites that will help you generate the perfect color palette. Each website has different features that I hope you’ll find useful, ranging from color palettes from images, to pre-made color palettes for inspiration.
When I need help generating inspiration for projects, I head straight to Coolors.co. The interface is ridiculously easy and fun to use, giving you beautiful color palettes with the press of your spacebar.
The website allows you to lock in colors that you like, while changing around the other options. If you have a color that you know you want in the palette, you can copy and paste the value right in and find colors that match.
With the settings at the top, you have the option of picking a monochromatic color palette as well as what secondary information you want to appear. I typically like to leave the secondary info option to “Name”, because I love reading through the color names.
When you’re finished generating the perfect color palette, you can export it for free. Clicking the Export option gives you several different export options – again, all for free. How great is that?
If you’re into paid options, or if you’re a professional designer, you can purchase an Adobe Add On, which imports your selected color palettes right into your Adobe workspace. The add on is $5.00 and can be purchased here.
ColorHunt is a little different in the sense that it doesn’t give you the option to generate your own color palette. It does, however, provide a TON of color palettes that you can draw inspiration from.
The drop down bar at the top gives you an option of viewing the newest palettes, the most popular, the trendiest, or random palettes. I love browsing through the popular page to see what’s currently in style.
The website itself is an open collection of color palettes that are created and curated for designers all over the world to share. If you have a color palette that you want to share with other designers, you can add it using their color palette creator.
Colormind is another great tool that has tons of capabilities. One of the best features is the color palette generator from an image. You can upload the photo that you want to pull the colors from, and Colormind will pop out a cohesive color palette.
Like Coolors, Colormind also allows you to generate random color palettes with the press of a button. You can lock colors that you like, and change the palette around the create the perfect one.
While the features above are pretty great, my all time favorite feature is the website color palette creator. Like the regular color palette generator, you can generate different options and lock on to the colors you like. Once you’ve found the perfect color palette, you can scroll down to learn how to implement the palette on your website. If that wasn’t enough, they also offer a Free Bootstrap 4 UI Kit to help you build your website.
If you’re into paid options, they do offer a Material Kit Pro for $79 that has a ton of great features for building your website that don’t come with the free version.
4. Canva Color Wheel
I feel like I have to include the Canva Color Wheel because there are SO many people using Canva for their designs. I get it – Canva is great because of how easy it is to pop out pretty designs for your website! If you’re already using Canva, this may be the best free color palette generator because it integrates directly with the website.
To start with the color wheel, you pick a color by typing in a hex code (if you know it), or selecting it on the wheel itself. You can then select what type of color palette you want. The color wheel gives you the options of complementary, monochromatic, analogous, triadic, and tetradic. They do offer a custom option, but I believe this is reserved for Canva Pro users.
Once you’ve found the palette you like, you can choose to create a Canva graphic with it, or export it to a .PDF. While there aren’t as many options with this program, it’s super easy to use and integrate with Canva designs.
Last on the list of free color palette generators, but certainly not least, we have ColorSpace! When you load the website up, you’ll be blown away by how PRETTY it is. With this generator, you’ll have to choose a color first. You can either enter in the hex code, or choose the color from the color wheel. Once you’ve found the one you want, click the generate button and get access to your free color palettes!
As you scroll down the page, you’ll see tons of different options for palettes – including gradients! The gradient and 3-color-gradient feature is something that’s not included in any of the other website that I’ve shared (at least at the time of this post). With these tools, you can input the colors of your choice and pick the gradient direction. Click the generate button and it’ll populate the CSS code for use on your website.
I’m a sucker for gradients, so that feature really wins me over!
Well, there you have it! Those are the top 5 free websites that help you create the optimum color palette. I hope you get lots of use out of those free color palette generators, and be sure to share this post if you found it helpful!