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New Color Inspiration Site: Design Seeds

One of my favorite new ways to draw color inspiration is to upload a gorgeous photo to the My Image Inspiration tool on the My Colortopia site. Some sort of computer magic pulls a sample color palette from that photo, and you have a great place to start designing your room.

But what if you don’t even have an image from which to draw information? What if you want to just see some color scheme ideas and see what moves you?

Enter Design Seeds, a beautiful website curated by designer and color forecaster Jessica Colaluca. Each day, Jessica fills Design Seeds with gorgeous color palettes selected from photos that inspire her. In return, we get to pour over beautiful color combinations that are relevant and foretasted as emerging color trends. In other words, these are the colors that are going to be “in” for fashion, graphic and interior design.

I was clued in to Design Seeds by Cindy of Blessed Design Studio, the great designer who was working on new graphics for my business card. She asked me to take a browse around the site and see if I found any palettes that I loved. The one I was immediately drawn to was Color Opera -it’s no secret that I like vivid hues.

So, how do you apply this inspiration to interior design projects? It’s easy to see how graphic artists could use these color schemes for their work, but it takes a little more digging on the site to find out a good way for we decor-obsessed people to use these color trends.

When browsing the site for color inspiration, you will see a section to the right of each palette that says “See Similar Colors.” You can click on any one of these colors to see every other palette Jessica has put together using that particular color. For example, if you’d love the darker teal in the below screen grab in your bedroom, you can select that color and see some other color scheme options using colors similar to that teal.

Have a color that you love and want to figure out what other colors would look great with it? You can use Design Seeds for that, too. Click on “palette search” at the top of the page and you will come to a color value slider. Move the Red, Green, and Blue sliders from side to side until you find your perfect color. Click “Go get it!” and color palettes using that or a similar color will be displayed.

I think having a personal color expert at our finger tips is going to be very rewarding when looking for a color palette for a room. There have been many times that I wanted a fresh perspective on color schemes using particular colors, and I am excited to have the opportunity to further explore the trends.

Have you been inspired by Design Seeds yet?

About Lindsay Ballard

Lindsay Ballard is a former college mascot turned political geek turned roller derby playing, DIY fanatic.

Lindsay chronicles her projects, design ideas, and lifestyle tips here at Makely, where she shares tutorials and inspiration. Her DIY designs are bold and graphic, while her spirit is fun and full of color.

Lindsay lives outside of Austin, Texas with her husband (Tom), children (Zack and Emma), and dogs (Duke and Jill). She plays roller derby for the Rockin’ City Rollergirls out of Round Rock, Texas.

Lindsay Ballard is a former college mascot turned political geek turned roller derby playing, DIY fanatic. Lindsay chronicles her projects, design ideas, and lifestyle tips here at Makely , where she shares tutorials and inspiration. Her DIY designs are bold and graphic, while her spirit is fun and full of color. Lindsay lives outside of Austin, Texas with her husband (Tom), children (Zack and Emma), and dogs (Duke and Jill). She plays roller derby for the Rockin’ City Rollergirls out of Round Rock, Texas.

Color Palettes From Design Seeds

When undertaking a decorating project, one of the first considerations is color and what your overall palette will be in addition to floor plan, furnishings, lighting, etc. Color sets the mood. If you need color inspiration, check out Design Seeds founded by color consultant Jessica Colaluca. Here are 8 of my favorite palettes at the moment, all dreamed up by talented Jessica.

Fun for a kitchen or living room: Treat Tones.

Very relaxed for the bedroom yet also a bit energetic for mornings when you don’t want to get out of bed: Produced Purple.

This could be a nice entryway, I see a very glamorous chandelier in silver discs suspended from the ceiling and a huge mirror above a lacquered white entry table: Glamorous Escape.

I love this palette – so fresh and inspiring – perfect for a child’s playroom or a crafting space for mom: Boxed Palette.

I see this and think of a nursery for the newest gift to the family: Present Tones.

A very happy and stylish palette, this looks like the office for a fashion designer or for a magazine editor: Glow Brights.

Very cottage in the country, a nice palette for a guest bedroom in your country home: Pink Plans.

I imagine a room with super dark walls so this could be charming in a very little nook in your home where you read and relax: Bouquet Hues.

Design Seeds even has lovely color palette books on Blurb and she has a zillion of them that you can view on her blog by color. Her “Creature Color” book is a favorite of mine, combining sweet animal shots with color palette ideas.

If you are not interested in using these for your next decorating project, why not think of other clever ways you can put these palettes to good use. If you design websites, these could be a great jumping off point. Perhaps you are a book cover designer? Scrapbook queen? Maybe you can put together a wedding using a palette from Design Seeds? Or compose your next outfit? Maybe plan out how you will wrap presents or something as simple as using one of these palettes to base your own mood board from over your work desk?

Psst: Design Seeds clearly even explains in THIS POST how to use her palettes to match the color and convert them to Pantone colors exactly – brilliant!

Color Palettes From Design Seeds When undertaking a decorating project, one of the first considerations is color and what your overall palette will be in addition to floor plan, furnishings,