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Summer Color Palette Inspiration: Trending Palettes and Templates

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In this article, discover the best summer season palette to use as inspiration for your next project.

Color is one of the most important elements of design. A good working summer season palette needs to be better than the individual colors. As humans, we see several colors at the same time, and when we have a positive response to a palette, we call it harmony. In this article, we take a look at the best summer color swatches and share a summer color analysis with the basics of creating a color palette.

If you're looking for an outstanding summer season color palette, be sure to check out Envato Elements. Find everything from images to add-ons that can inspire a bright summer color palette to use for your projects. There are plenty of light summer palette colors for inspiration too!

Summer Colors

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Summer is a season connected with happiness, colors, weddings, beaches, and all the things that are warm. While a warm color palette would be a no-brainer here, there are palettes that can have cooler tones.

Seasonal attributes are important to brand design, and every brand identifies with a season of the year. Bright colors like yellow and orange are related to summer because they communicate life. We see these colors in flowers and fruits. Pale and toned-down colors are used mainly for weddings and are also inspired by romantic beaches. Anything from sandy colors and light pinks from peonies to blues from the water can create a good summer wedding color palette. Let's take a look at some awesome summer palettes:

1. Summer Wedding Color Palette

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Dried Flowers, Peonies and Flower.

Weddings usually take place during the spring or summer. This summer wedding color palette is inspired by soft shades of flowers and feathers. Use this color palette for wedding stationery and menu designs. Use these HEX codes to recreate this summer season color palette:

  • Cameo Pink: #d3abb6
  • Pale Pink: #f6d5dc
  • China Pink: #de7da6
  • Champagne Pink: #ecd6ce
  • Powder Blue: #afe2e5

To recreate this palette, you'll need:

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Yellow Tiare Flowers, Summer and Egg Tart.

Here's another summer wedding color palette, this time with darker and brighter colors. The yellow is a beautiful way of brightening up the palette. The blue and pink are classic colors, but in this palette they have different tones to keep it current. Use these HEX codes to recreate this summer season color palette:

  • Yellow: #fac900
  • Eggshell: #e8e6d5
  • Sky Blue: #82d6f4
  • Dark Blue: #242979
  • Orchid Pink: #f3c7d2

To recreate this palette, you'll need:

2. True Summer Color Palette

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Young Girl With Headphones, Saguaru Cactus and Summer.

Bright colors are part of this true summer color palette. Inspired by summer in the desert, this bright color palette has high-contrast color combinations. Use this for an awesome brand design or summer-inspired graphics. Use the following HEX codes to recreate this summer retro color palette:

  • Amazon: #387452
  • Violet Web: #f39cf7
  • Cadmium Orange: #ec8533
  • Dark Orchid: #8f42da
  • Dark Sky Blue: #6ebbdd

To recreate this color palette, you'll need:

3. Tropical Summer Color Palette

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Benagil Cave, Portugues Tiles and California.

This tropical summer color palette is inspired by the sea and summer retro colors. There are a few key bright colors to spice up your design. The other colors are muted, and they can act as backgrounds to achieve a design with harmony. Use this summer retro color palette in awesome graphics or even brand design. Use the following HEX codes:

  • Almond: #efe3d4
  • Congo Pink: #fe706f
  • Caribbean Green: #27d4b1
  • Pink Lavender: #ecb8df
  • Slate Blue: #575edd

To recreate this palette, you'll need:

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Mykonos Street, Mexican Flags and Bright Colors.

This tropical summer color palette includes colors from the Mediterranean sea. Orange and yellow are key summer colors that can transport anyone to this season in just a second. The other pastel colors are toned down to let the bright colors shine. Recreate this summer retro color palette with the following HEX codes:

  • Cadmium Orange: #ea8e42
  • Star Command Blue: #0178bc
  • Citrine: #ebd400
  • Piggy Pink: #f7dcea
  • Green Sheen: #6cbdac

To recreate this palette, you'll need:

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Greek House, Day of the Dead and Golden Poppies.

Design awesome graphics with this tropical summer color palette. The palette has predominantly red tones with a couple of muted colors, good for supporting graphics. This warm summer color palette is great for graphics, posters, and even brand design.

  • Barbie Pink: #e3088a
  • Honey Yellow: #feae02
  • Cardinal: #d00132
  • Bisque: #f2dcbf
  • Light Sea Green: #3eaba2

To recreate this palette, you'll need:

4. Deep Summer Color Palette

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Summer, Antelope Canyon Arizona and Sea Beach.

Summer is big on bright and loud colors. But this deep summer color palette is awesome if you're inspired by reddish rocks and sandy beaches. The orange and purple colors are a nice contrast against the turquoise and light blue, while the champagne color is a beautiful muted and grounding color.

  • Champagne: #eee1ce
  • Cedar Chest: #cd563e
  • Byzantium: #772d6c
  • Light See Green: #01a49f
  • Columbian Blue: #b5d2e4

To recreate this palette, you'll need:

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Tropical Fruit, Tropical Composition and Woman Holding Binoculars.

Red fruits are some of the best to eat during the summer. This deep summer color palette is inspired by fruits and flowers. The warm summer color palette features four red-toned colors and a green that can be an accent color. Use these HEX codes:

  • Pink Pantone: #d0488e
  • Dark Orange: #fe8700
  • Crimson UA: #ac0833
  • Old Gold: #c1b83c
  • Palatine Purple: #581d53

To recreate this palette, you'll need:

5. Dark Summer Color Palette

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California, California Succulent and Summer.

This dark summer color palette is inspired by all things aesthetic and sunny afternoons. A couple of dark colors make this palette interesting, while the muted light colors are enough to create contrast. For this summer retro color palette, use these HEX codes:

  • Middle Blue: #77c1ce
  • International Orange Engineering: #b02510
  • Queen Pink: #eec7d1
  • Rajah: #ffa952
  • Raw Umber: #916349

To recreate this palette, you'll need:

6. Light Summer Color Palette

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Palm Tropic Location, Little Pink Terrace and Tropical Vacation.

Beach, sand, and crystalline water are the inspiration for this light summer color palette. This mix contains a couple of blues and a green with a cool tone. The peachy and yellow colors are great supporting colors that make the whole palette work in harmony.

  • Columbia Blue: #cce8f0
  • Dark Turquoise: #00d4d7
  • Pale Pink: #f1cecc
  • Sunray: #f8b75d
  • Middle Blue Green: #95e1ca

To recreate this palette, you'll need:

7. Soft Summer Color Palette

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Mexican Street Scene, Flower and California Poppies.

Pale colors make this soft summer color palette work. Inspired by colorful cities and flowers, I chose toned-down colors that work in harmony. These soft colors are great to mix in a graphic poster, brand design, or even wedding stationery. To recreate this soft summer color palette, use these HEX codes:

  • Shimmering Blush: #eb7d93
  • Honey Yellow: #f6b126
  • Blizzard Blue: #a1e4e5
  • Pink Lace: #edd5f0
  • Granny Smith Apple: #abdd94

To recreate this palette, you'll need:

8. Cool Summer Color Palette

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Tropical Beach, Tropical Vibes and California Dreaming.

The beautiful twilight of a day makes for a cool summer color palette. With plenty of cool tones, this color palette includes a few purples, a magenta, and a bright orange to create good contrast. Use these HEX codes to recreate this summer palette:

  • Medium Violet Red: #ba1975
  • Jonquil: #f4cb35
  • Medium Purple: #9468de
  • Midnight Blue: #32216f
  • Thistle: #e7cbee

Here's what you'll need to create this palette:

That's It!

In this article, we showed you the main colors used in summer season color palettes. Oranges, yellows, and red tone colors are popular because they communicate being alive. We can see these colors in nature, flowers, and fruits. While pale colors are mainly used for weddings, we can take inspiration from romantic beaches and beach houses. I hope that with these summer season color palettes, you can create some awesome graphics and give you inspiration for your next projects.

If you're looking for outstanding summer retro color palettes, be sure to check out Envato Elements. Find everything from images to add-ons that can inspire a summer wedding color palette to use for your projects. There's plenty of tropical summer color palette inspiration too!

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