Essential Keystrokes is…

where I share my favorite tips, tools, reviews and commentary on web design, marketing, blogging, new media and related topics. For more about this site and the voice behind it, check out my About page.


SubscribeFollow me on TwitterLinked In Stumble Upon What I Digg Email me

Cool Tool Review – Color Schemer Gallery

By Char

Color SchemeUnless I have a specific logo or graphic to use as inspiration, one of the hardest part of designing a site for me is picking my color palette.

One of the best places I have found for color scheme inspiration is the Color Schemer Gallery. You can pick from hundreds of color schemes with names like Vintage Doll, MintandMauve, and Mardi Grass.

If you have an inspiration color and need to figure out which colors complement it, try using their Color Schemer Online tool. You enter a color, it shows you what works well with it. You can also lighten and darken the entire scheme.

It’s just another tool to add to your design kit!



I’m with you… I love this site. It’s one of my first stops when considering a new design.


Randa – which other color scheming sites do you use?


You could try which also offers w3c contrast checks and allows control over typography at the same time so you can see how your chosen colours may look in an actual page.

Leave a Comment


Team Training NE Celiac Family