Build Stunning Spring Color Palettes to Elevate Your Creative Projects

by | Apr 7, 2022 | Education

Spring is a time for color: light blues, warm yellows, soft pinks, pastel greens. These colors often resemble flowers in a garden or sunshine on a bright day. 

Spring symbolizes growth and trying something new much like how a garden grows with sunshine and care. It’s a perfect time to get creative by telling a story through animation or starting a mood board for a creative project. For instance, you could plan your wardrobe essentials for spring or animate bees flying around in a garden.

Get started by creating seasonal color palettes and outlining projects in Animation Desk and NoteLedge!

2022 Color Analysis from the Industry

According to the leading brands and color institutions in the industry, the colors they selected for 2022 feature natural coloring with a sense of positivity, warmth, and harmony that reflect the growth and the new merge of the digital and physical world in the post-pandemic landscape.

2022 Spring Trending Color

Pantone – Very Peri

Pantone’s Color of the Year 2022: Very Peri highlights possibility. This warm, uplifting color represents optimism, warmth, and growth. When asked to describe Veri Peri, the Pantone writer exclaims that the color works its magic by “blending the faithfulness and constancy of blue with the energy and excitement of red, this happiest and warmest of all the blue hues introduces an empowering mix of newness.

Etsy – Emerald Green

According to Etsy, 2022 is about finding balance in all aspects of life. They selected “Emerald green” as the color of the year as it symbolizes harmony and growth. In their research, Etsy has seen customers’ search trends increase for “emerald green” because this shade can easily create a balance of color with other natural colors.

WGSN from Colorlo – Orchid Flower

The color of the year that WGSN and Colorlo selected is Orchid Flower. As they describe, the intense and energizing quality of Orchid Flower creates a sense of positivity and stands out in all areas of life.

Spring Color Trend of 2022

As we transition into a new season, we’ve seen some stunning color recommendations derived from the natural and uplifting color trends of 2022. Bright and vibrant colors like green, orange, yellow and pink are widely seen on the runway each fashion week.

According to Pantone Fashion Color Trend Report, the Spring/Summer Pantone Color of New York Fashion Week reflects our aspiration to seek balance in a changing world. With a combination of diverse, distinctive, and standout colors like “Spun Sugar” blue, Gossamer Pink, “Innuendo” pink, “Skydiver” blue, and “Daffodil” yellow, the Spring/Summer 2022 palette brings out the friendly, adventurous, and joyful traits of the delightful season.

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What Colors Are In A Spring Palette? 

In addition to the fashion color trend report released from the design industry, there are some natural color schemes resembling flowers or sunshine that easily come to mind. Seasonal color analysis usually categorizes 4 different types of spring colors. Based on these types, you can determine what colors make clothes pop for your skin tone. Even better, the seasons include a design and personality style reflective of you! Read on to find out if any of these color types sound like a match for you.

True Spring

True Springs offer up a perfect blend of warm and bright colors with their styles often featuring golden tones and honey hue with yellow undertones. This color scheme reminds us of sunny beach days on a tropical island. There’s a variety of color options to choose from like green, yellow, peachy orange, or light brown. When pairing pieces for your outfit, you’ll want to avoid cool, earthy, and muted colors though, as this palette is in complete contrast to autumn.

Warm Spring

Warm Spring falls between spring and autumn,  so these colors feature warm tones that are lively and cheerful. They reflect the traits of the warm season in personality and spirit with colors such as tangerine, pink, warm green, or medium brown with golden undertones. This color scheme is more natural compared to other types of spring colors. Talk about one way to connect with the world around you!

Bright Spring

For Bright Spring, the primary colors are vibrant and warm, settling us into the period between winter and spring. It’s warmer than a winter color palette, yet cooler than true spring colors with the brightest shades compared to the other types of spring colors. Bright Spring features radiant, lively, cheerful, and flattering colors, creating contrast as the range of colors vary from yellow, coral, violet, or true green. With these qualities, you’re sure to make an impression with your outfit.

Light Spring

Lastly, Light Spring is midway between spring and summer with light colors with neutral shades. Light, welcoming, gentle colors like candies or macaroons best represent light springs. The colors are more gentle compared to other spring colors, with low contrast such as baby blue, peach, mint, light yellow, or light brown. Use your gentle nature to your advantage as you find colors that compliment you and calm those you love.

Generate a Spring Color Palette in Seconds with NoteLedge and Animation Desk

To make it super easy to create and draw with stunning colors, we have a built-in color generator in NoteLedge and Animation Desk that allows you to capture colors from an image and create a beautiful color palette in seconds.

Simply import an image into the color generator, you can get color inspiration and select the colors you want to include in this themed color palette. Or you can also build custom color palettes with the color wheel.

For example, you can work this tool’s magic to:

  • Create a trending color palette by importing an image from Pantone Color
  • Find inspiration from nature by adding an image of a spring garden or green leaves and extracting the colors from the image to start your design with natural coloring
  • Capture colors from an artwork, illustration, or painting that inspires you and make a piece that inspires you just as much
  • Develop characters and their style with vivid themed colors by extracting colors from cute patterns or elements like candies, flowers, juicy fruits, animals, or sunburst patterns

Bring the Spring Color Palette into Your Creative Projects 

Now that you’ve got the gist of popular spring colors, you may better get inspiration and make the best use of the seasonal color palette in your creative projects.

Make Fashion Mood Boards and Sketches

In the fashion industry, it is essential for fashion designers, influencers, or Etsy vendors to create a wardrobe guide to showcase their creative ideas. Identifying a color palette helps define the visual assets and find color balance for your project.

By creating a mood board with NoteLedge, it is easy to put together wardrobe-building essentials and visualize ideas with beautiful color shades. For personal outfit planning, you can do a personal color analysis to find preferable colors and experiment with different looks to match eye colors, skin colors, and hair colors.

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Color Palette for Animation Character Design

Color expresses the personality and traits of your characters and brings emotion, shape, and personality to cartoon characters. Pastel color palettes give a soft and dreaming atmosphere.

Ocean color palettes with blues and beiges indicate tranquility and peace.  Earthy color palettes with greens and browns represent nature and renewal. 

To enhance your stories, set up color palettes for each character in the Animation Desk. Mix and match the colors to enhance your stories! Find an image from your favorite cartoons, import images to the app, and generate a color palette. Learn from these references and polish your color matching skills.

Start Exploring Your Spring Colors and Get Creative 

As we spring into Spring, you can get started by trying the color palette generator when you work on animation, mood board, or sketching creations with your wild imagination. Our color palette generation is available on NoteLedge and Animation Desk on iPad and Windows. Download the apps and try them out!

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