Spring is here and it couldn’t have arrived soon enough! The following palettes explore several spring color motifs such as pops of color and in-between hues. Hopefully this resource will help designers jump into spring with fresh color ideas.

1. Gentle awakening

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Winter is a muted season and in its wake comes the gentle awakening of spring. In color this means bright but lightly saturated colors; also colors which are in odd locations on the hue spectrum. Nothing is quite primary.

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2. Robin’s nest

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A recurring motif throughout spring is pops of color through muted palettes. A good example of this is a robin’s nest where the famous teal eggshell sits in a nest of desaturated yellows.

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3. Grass is back

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Another good example of spring color pops is the grass slowly emerging through both the melting snow and the dead grass of the previous year.

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4. Blue sky

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Here on the east coast, blue skies are a sight for sore eyes. A simple span of grays across a blue background creates interesting optical hue effects across the background.

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5. Sunset

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Finally the warm nights set in and the sky lights on fire. Again, nothing is quite primary. The contrast in saturation also creates an especially rich purple and magenta.

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The previous examples show not only how color can be used to capture a season but also how they can capture moods and feelings. With that in mind spring can be embarked upon not only with fresh spring colors but also with fresh ideas on on how color can be utilized!

Thoughts or questions? Comment below!