As you can tell from my recent blog posts, there’s something about the change of seasons from summer to fall that gets me so excited! I can feel my level of creativity going up as the temperature drops. One of the most inspiring parts of fall is the burst of color that can suddenly be found in nature. Summer is filled with so much greenery, and although there’s nothing wrong with that, it just isn’t as exciting as the multitude of colors found in autumn.
Inspired by these colors, I decided to put together a few color palettes that are specifically fall-themed. I’ve named each one a unique (okay, maybe sometimes cheesey) fall-ish name to differentiate them. Each one is based off of a photo I found on the free photo website Unsplash. (If you’ve never heard of Unsplash, it’s an awesome site for beautiful and free stock photos! I definitely recommend checking it out.) These color palettes are a great resource for businesses and/or designers looking to take advantage of fall-themed marketing and design!
1) Firey Fall
This color palette is pretty much monochromatic, but I love that it speaks “fall” without needing to be too busy. The rich, dark, red-orange here is a little mature, but it still has enough bright tones to keep it light.
2) “Nature’s Other Rainbow”
This palette by itself may not immediately scream “fall”, but it subtly hints at the change in seasons through its variety of colorful, though muted, hues. It’s playful, but not childish.
3) “Thanksgiving Morning”
This palette totally reminds me of a turkey, but a little more pleasing to the eye. It’s definitely a classic fall color palette and may be a little too obvious for some uses, but the shades of brown with the pop of orange are really what made me choose to feature it.
4) “Autumn Sun”
This is my favorite palette I’ve included, possibly because I just love the combination of blue and orange. There’s a hint of autumn here, but it’s nowhere near obnoxiously obvious. I love the feeling it gives of a cool but cozy fall evening.
5) “Crunching Leaves”
Another example of a more classic autumn color palette, but this one is much more muted than “Thanksgiving Morning.” It could work well for marketing that is obviously fall- or Thanksgiving-oriented, but needs to be more mature than childish or playful.
Well, there you have it! I hope you enjoy these palettes as much as I enjoyed putting them together. If you end up using them in a project, let me know! I’d love to see how you applied them.