Color Inspiration: How to Choose Colors!

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Let’s talk about how to choose colors for your coloring pages (or anything, really!). I know for some people (even me!), picking colors can actually be stressful, which is the complete opposite goal of coloring! So let’s dive in and get our color on. Here are a few general tips to get those creative juices flowing and minimize the stress in choosing colors!

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1. LOOK FOR INSPIRATION!

Draw ideas from your favorite painting or floral dress, a pretty magazine cover, your favorite flower, your favorite blog…you get the picture! I will often google a certain flower and get inspiration from different images before I start coloring. Check out our floral pinterest board here for some eye candy!

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2. LOOK AT THE COLORS OF YOUR HOUSE OR WARDROBE!

You just might see similarities and find that you are already drawn towards a certain color palette. Plus, if you plan to frame your final image this will help ensure that it coordinates with your existing decor.

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3. CHECK OUT PANTONE’S WEBSITE!

Each spring and fall, Pantone publishes a color report sharing the latest colors that are trending. Check it out here!

4. HEAD TO PINTEREST!

Search “color palettes” on Pinterest and you’ll have hundreds of options at your finger tips. Check out our “Color Palette” Pinterest board filled with every delicious color combo you can imagine!

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5. THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX!

Coloring books provide the best opportunity to go outside your comfort zone and test new color palettes. Pick colors you wouldn’t normally use and push your creativity to the next level!

6. TURN TO THE GOOD OL’ COLOR WHEEL!

The color wheel is a timeless tool to help you understand basic color theory and how colors relate to each other. Check out this beautiful floral color wheel!

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Based on the color wheel, let’s look at 3 easy ways to use color:

1. Monochromatic – Pick one color on the wheel and use varying shades of that color from light to dark. This one is easy! If you’re living room is decorated in blues, you can pick a coloring image and apply a monochromatic scheme of blues that will be perfect to hang on the wall!

2. Analogous – Pick two colors that are right next to each other on the color wheel. I use this approach all of the time, often with blue and blue-green shades.

3. Complementary – Choose two shades that are across from each other on the color wheel, like orange and blue, for example. This creates a much greater contrast than monochromatic or analogues approaches, so it might be helpful to choose one color to be more dominate and accent with the other color.

Hopefully this helps to jumpstart some ideas for all of the color in your life! Be sure to follow us on Pinterest for more color inspiration!

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