Muted Color Part 3
3rd edition — by Patrick McNeil — Apr. 28, 2008
The Design Element
At the Future of Web Design conference I mentioned that the muted color pallet is a future trend. Well of course it is hard to know what is coming, but in this case I was certain about it because I was already observing an upswing in terms of usage of this style. In fact this large collection of samples is a small portion of the sites I could have cataloged this way.
It seems to me this trend towards more restrained and muted color pallets is a direct response to the over saturation of color which accompanied the whole web 2.0 movement. It just makes sense that over time designers shift to lesser used approaches. Considering the number of sites using super saturated oranges, blues, pinks etc, it comes as no surprise to see lots of sites centered around pallets focused on muted or subdued color.
Genopal (Color pallet creation software)
COLOURlovers (Excellent color pallet collections)
Kuler - pallet builder from Adobe /
best tool I have found for easily creating beautiful color pallets)
Great color browsing resource (Named colors, by hue, etc)
Blender (On MeyerWeb)
Color In Motion
Color Schemer Online v2
Color Schemer Gallery