The Many Uses of Colourlovers.com

By Cher Cabula-Mendoza - Sunday, November 27, 2011

I’ve been a fan of the site Colourlovers.com ever since I accidentally discovered it many years ago while looking for some color scheme inspirations that I needed for a freelance project. Since then, it’s been permanent in my feed reader and I’ve enjoyed it for quite some time. I can’t say just how much I’ve found out how useful this site is but here are some of the things that I love about it.

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It’s great for color schemes.

I’ve already mentioned that I’ve used this for my interior projects but it’s also useful for blog template designs and graphic design layouts for business cards, invitations and brochures. I love that you get to see how the colors are side-by-side. When you click on a palette, you get to see the breakdown of colors and the color codes so that you can generate them easily in a software program. You can even save the color schemes for reference later.

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The site is a great source of inspiration.

Colourlovers.com also has a great blog section which provides very interesting information on pop culture, history, nature and other relevant social media events and sites. All of the entries explain the important role of color and I find that very creative.

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There’s a great database of patterns.

Sometimes I do get obsessed with configuring my blog template and this site is my go-to source for very unique patterns. The database is searchable by color and you can also download the pattern in different resolutions. I’ve found this very useful as 3d materials for fabrics and wallpapers as well.

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They have great contests.

While I always swear to enter one of them, I always end up not having enough time. What I love about their contests are the creative mechanics, the great prizes and how artists can give criticisms on each other’s works.

They encourage you to be creative.

The best thing about Colourlovers.com is that most of the database for colors and patterns are user-generated. You can also make your own too and upload them on the site. Not only is this a great creative output, it also lets you try your hand at coming up with hundreds of schemes that you can name freely. All you need is to register for a free account on the site.

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So thank you to the folks behind Colourlovers.com. I owe you the many bouts of creative works and inspirations. Keep it up.

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