There are so many tools out there to help you pick colors. I totally get it! It’s hard! When colors are done well, it’s like magic. It adds a level of polish to a design that can really set it apart.
Let’s look at some, then talk about this idea some more.
Here’s one I just saw called Color Koala:
It spits out five colors at ya and you’re off to the races.
Hue will give you some too.
There’s a billion more, and they vary in approach and features, of course. Here’s a handful:
Oh! And a site that helps with text color while keeping accessibility in mind.
Generating random colors won’t guarantee pleasing palettes, especially if a bunch of random colors are paired together. PleaseJS can help build color schemes that work together. You provide it a base color and other options (like what type of color scheme) and it spits out colors for you.
generates attractive colors by default. More specifically, randomColor produces bright colors with a reasonably high saturation. This makes randomColor particularly useful for data visualizations and generative art.
It doesn’t claim to make multiple colors part of a cohesive theme aside from passing in a base hue or luminosity.
…they don’t exactly tell you how to use them. Steve Schoger makes a point of this, rather hilariously in a blog post. This is a perfectly lovely color palette:
But if you just pick those colors and plop them onto a design, you could end up with something like this:
You might like that, but you’d be in the minority. It’s not a refined design that gets out of the way and would be nice to use every day. Color usage is a bit more complicated than plopping five nice colors into a design. It’s variations on those and using them in tasteful ways, like this:
Picking up Steve Schoger and Adam Wathan’s book surely has some advice for you there!