The web designers at IXP love designing with authentic, vibrant, and natural color palettes. Today we present 9 new color palettes we discovered near Naples, Florida last week. In an earlier article, Mother Goose’s Guide to Beautiful Color Palettes for Web Design, we revealed some of our favorite tools and techniques for discovering and creating new color palettes.  Today, we move beyond  Little Boy Blue, and Little Robin Redbreast  to explore the vibrant color palettes of sunny south-west Florida.

Collage of 9 Beautiful New Color Palettes Discovered in Naples, Florida

9 Beautiful New Color Palettes Discovered in Naples, Florida Last Week

Nine (9) Color Palettes – Why Not Four?

Hex color 999999

Because color wheels are round, not square. Oddly enough, hex color #999999  is gray. While it may be true that gray is 50% white (light) and 50% black (darkness or absence of light), computers use RGB  light to generate color, so in RGB it’s 33.3% red, 33.3% green, and 33.3% blue.

Because 9 Beautiful New Color Palettes  is the something worth tweeting about.

Because everyone wants the whole nine yards. All of it. The full measure. No skimping or shortcuts. Because you want success, and  completeness.   The expression œthe whole nine yards  means giving it your all, doing your best, going the distance.  The  January 1957 edition of  the  Kentucky Happy Hunting Ground  magazine mentions some hunters that went “the whole nine yards  – no halfway stuff.”

Barry T. Chouinard, the colorful chemist behind  Comfort Color T-Shirts  (quoting  an NPR report) wonders if the mysterious  Shroud of Turin  was really made from  nine yards of fabric.  

Design Seeds Color Palette Collage (click to visit design-seeds.com)

Design Seeds Color Palette Collage (click to visit design-seeds.com)

As mentioned previously, we use the Photocopa tool to discover and create authentic and ‘naturally occurring’ color combinations (from photographs), similar to the process used by Jessica of Design-Seeds.

Beautiful Color Palettes

The following nine (9) color palettes were derived from photographs taken during recent travel to the Naples area, in south-east Florida. The photographs were taken using a Samsung Galaxy S-III Android smart-phone.  (Disclaimer: Use of these photographs to develop color palettes does not indicate endorsement or  agreement by any property owner whose property might be partially visible in one of the photographs.)

No matter what kind of designer you are, color palettes are important. Whether you are an artist, architect, automotive designer,  audiomobile manufacturer, brand manager, clothing designer, fabric designer, fashion designer (people concerned about dressing to the nines), graphic designer,    interior designer, or web designer – color schemes and color palettes are of fundamental importance.  Mastering the fundamentals of color is essential to your success.

1. Naples Sunshine Color Palette

The first photo I took after arriving in Naples turned out to be one of my favorites.

The first photo I took after arriving in Naples turned out to be one of my favorites.

It was a bone chilling 4 degrees outside in Detroit the morning of January 22nd. Upon arriving at our destination in Naples, Florida – that afternoon, I snapped a photo of Jane outside the place we would be staying during our visit to Naples. I remember talking about the bright sunshine. It was around 68 degrees outside. Just looking at the contrasting bright-yellow, pink, and brown color-tones still warms me up.

2. Everglades Pelican Baby Blue Color Palette

This Everglades Pelican is ready to delivery a baby boy. Or is it Storks that deliver babies?

This Everglades Pelican is ready to delivery a baby boy. Or is it Storks that deliver babies?

On January 23, we took a short drive over to the Everglades, and I photographed this pelican near the place we had lunch.

3. Naples Beach Sunny Day Color Palette

Naples Beach - blue-sky, sand, yellow color palette

Naples Beach – blue-sky, sand, yellow color palette

On January 24th, we enjoyed a short walk on the beach near the Naples pier, on the Gulf of Mexico. It was sunny day, but cool and very windy. Jane wore her bright yellow jacket again. Many blues and grey tones are provided by the cloud patterns on the horizon. A touch of palm-tree-green is provided on the coastline.

4. Tame Flowers and Wild Horses Color Palette

The Tame Flowers and Wild Horses Color Palette

The Tame (Tamiami) Flowers and Wild Horses Color Palette

The wild horse sculptures  can be seen along the Tamiami Trail,  south of Naples, Florida – at the entrance to the Lely Golf Resort and condominium community. It was very cloudy that day. Can you tell?

5. Porkys Salad Bar Color Palette

Porky's Last Stand - Color Palette

Porky’s Last Stand – Color Palette

This little piggy is a fixture by the salad bar at Porky’s Restaurant and Lounge on Marco Island. The base of the salad bar was constructed from a cleaned up and converted John Deere manure spreader. Lot’s of warm and natural pink and  tan and faded-yellow earth tones here, with a whimsical flare. (The food was excellent, too.)

6. Porky’s Hot Chili Color Palette

Welcome to Porky's - Hot Chili Color Palette

Welcome to Porky’s – Hot Chili Color Palette

This color palette was derived from a photograph of the pig by the chili/soup bar at Porkys Restaurant –  next to the salad bar (mentioned above). It’s amazing that the chili/soup bar has more red, orange, brown, tan, yellow, and related warm colors than the salad bar palette (which has more greens). Interesting, since I didn’t take photos of the food – just the pigs (in context).

7. Naples After Christmas Color Palette

The Naples January Christmas Color Palette - red, green, grey, tan, yellow

The Naples After Christmas Color Palette

This stunning photo of a million dollar Naples area home (taken on January 26, 2014) highlights the flowering foliage decorating the three-car garage. The palette captures plenty of red, maroon, pink, green, grey, and light-yellow colors — along with several brown and tan tones.

8. Naples Million Dollar Stucco Color Palette

The Naples area has hundreds of million dollar stucco homes like this.

The Naples area has hundreds of million dollar stucco homes like this.

The Naples Million Dollar Stucco Color Palette is understated in it’s elegance. The palette consists mainly of light yellow stucco tones, with green tones used for contrast. The spicy dash of red is used only for a slight accent, and should be used sparingly in your design implementation.

9. Naples Blazing Blues Color Palette

Naples turquoise blue color palette

Naples turquoise blue color palette

Near the end of our visit to Naples, we discovered this beautiful home. The muted and analogous blues provide a stunning contrast to the green bushes and lawn, while the brick driveway provides a variety of brown, grey, tan and other earthy tones. Be viewing this color palette in context, it’s easier to understand the color proportions to use in your design implementation.

By now you might have noticed our “gentle obsession” with the number  nine (9), which is  obscurely (or perhaps obviously) related to  IX Publishing’s use of the roman numbering  symbols (roman numerals) IX  – meaning  nine (9).   If you  follow  this blog (RSS feed) for the next  nine months  (yes, we’re pregnant – with great design solutions), you’ll probably discover  many  other reasons why we love the number nine  – while learning some valuable lessons about color palettes, web design, SEO, inbound marketing, and  sales lead generation  in the process.

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