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.
Nine (9) Color Palettes – Why Not Four?
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.”
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
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
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
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 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
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
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
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 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
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.
Related Links and Resources
- Mother Goose’s Guide to Beautiful Color Palettes for Web Design – ixp
- Color Theory – Visual Primer [color wheel infographic]- by Seth Wilson
- Color Theory – Part 2 of 2 [color wheel infographic] – by Seth Wilson
- 19 Color Palette Generators [capability review] – by Evolutionary Designs
- 9 Fashionably Cool Living Room Color Palettes – Houzz
- 9 Designer Color Palettes – Better Homes and Gardens