These 10 FREE winter color palettes take their inspiration from the diverse hues of winter landscapes, and the flora and fauna that inhabit them.
Your perception of winter might be that it’s a season of bleakness and gray weather but, in nature, this couldn’t be less true. Look hard enough and you’ll find that winter is full of vivid color, whether it’s exceptionally rich sunsets or dramatic tones of evergreen forests dusted in snow.
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Many of these schemes also offer unique color ideas for interior design projects, allowing you to create cocooning and comforting decor schemes.
The Winter Season in Full Color
A celebration of the natural environment in the cold weather season, you’ll discover unexpected winter color combinations that showcase the richness and diversity of winter.
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1. Forest Glow
Shades of blush pink combine with mint green and teal green to create this ethereal color scheme. Inspired by quiet moments in snow-dusted forests, this is a calming color palette that will bring freshness and tranquility to your design projects.
2. Weekend at the Cabin
Who wouldn’t relish the thought of a weekend hunkering down in a cozy cabin?
This biscuit- and hazelnut-hued winter palette is all about comforting colors that bring to mind leisurely countryside activities, such as crisp morning walks and the reward of home-baked bread.
There’s probably nothing more spectacular in nature than to witness the otherworldly glow of the Northern Lights.
Nature can be found in even the most urban of environments.
This earthy, brown-based color palette is inspired by snowy walks in the park, with the promise of hot cocoa to follow. A preppy palette perfect for crafting brand identities with authority.
Or, why not try with interior design projects to create a cozy, cocooning effect?
5. Pastel Hamlet
The light in winter is starker and clearer, making colors feel cooler and paler than in summer. While pastel colors have a common association with springtime, they’re also perfectly in tune with the winter season.
A light-hearted, fresh palette that would be a great fit for social media designs in the colder months.
6. Winter Harvest
At the start of winter, nature is often at its most bountiful, with late-year harvests of fruit and root vegetables providing us with plenty of delectable color inspiration.
7. Pine Cone
Venture out into the great outdoors after the snow has fallen and you’ll be rewarded with all sorts of country critters, as well as epic snow-frosted landscapes.
8. Ice Breaker
A cool alternative palette for festive or holiday designs, this is a stylish tribute to the enigmatic blues of deep winter.
9. Caledonian Sleeper
Catch the sleeper train from London to Inverness, and wake up to a view of the Highlands, one of the most romantic and dramatic natural regions on earth.
Whether it’s the golden sandstone of Edinburgh’s Old Town or the rusts and reds of the wild Cairngorm mountains, Scotland is the perfect place to source inspiring winter color.
10. Dark Flora
Rich, jewel colors feel just right for winter.
Swap your bright summertime prints for dark and moody florals with this sumptuous, opulent palette.
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