Spring Color Combinations to Freshen Up Your Design Work

Spring is here, and with it, feelings of renewal, excitement, and a sense of restored energy. Ready for a fresh start? The good vibes make this season the perfect time to refresh creative goals, learn new skills, and update the color palettes you regularly rely on in your design projects.

Read on for seven dreamy spring color suggestions that will infuse your work with creativity and playfulness this season.

1. Navy Blue and Mango

Contrasting, though not perfectly opposite on the color wheel, these shades pop brilliantly when played against each other for maximum effect. A truly deep blue, such as Pantone’s 2019 Eclipse, helps anchor and balance a yellow-orange shade like mango, and as a bonus, they work well together when accentuating an otherwise neutral design.

Image by Skillshare student Gordana B. for    Mastering Illustrator: 10 Tips and Tricks to Speed Up Your Workflow    with DKNG Studios

Image by Skillshare student Gordana B. for Mastering Illustrator: 10 Tips and Tricks to Speed Up Your Workflow with DKNG Studios

2. Hot Pink and Royal Blue

Royal blue and hot pink are each a trendy twist on primary colors and together, they balance one another like magic. Worried they might be excessively bold or overpowering? Pair them alongside white, mustard, yellow, or gold for an especially fresh but sophisticated design.

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Image by Skillshare student Ornella I. for Digital Marbling: Create Stunning Abstract Art in Procreate with Top Teacher Rich Armstrong

3. Green and Orange

Using orange with blue is common, but pairing it with green instead can look just as great — and a lot more interesting. One tip? The darker green that you use, the redder your orange should be. When you use a more yellow-green, like Pantone’s popular Pepper Stem, pick an orange that leans a bit more yellow.

Image by Skillshare student Sophia H. for    Mastering Colors in Pattern Design: Discover Your Color Style    with Maja Ronnback

Image by Skillshare student Sophia H. for Mastering Colors in Pattern Design: Discover Your Color Style with Maja Ronnback

4. Pinks and Dark Green

The classically preppy color combo is back in a big way this year. Want to add a little edge? Try working in brown, black, or forgoing lighter pink shades for a salmon or coral color instead.

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Image by Skillshare Top Teacher Ohn Mar Win for Art Collage : Create a Beautiful Paper Rose Bouquet with Top Teacher Claire Picard

5. Deep Red and Gold

Red and gold may be a timeless color combo, but slightly varying each hue can make the match feel more contemporary. Pantone’s Jester Red, is a deeply intense color that’s closer to burgundy than cherry, and it’s trending this spring. Looking to add something more to the mix? Pair your deep, dark red with cooler colors to show a clear contrast, or consider creating a warm palette by adding additional warm hues to the mix.

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Image by Skillshare student Laura W. for Procreate Practice: Creating and Illustrating With Texture Overlays with Top Teacher Stephanie Fizer Coleman

6. Cream and Lilac

Who’s afraid of a few pastels? These colors manage to feel sweet without being saccharine - and together, are a sophisticated version of the Easter palettes that dominate more traditional spring designs. Toffee Brown, a rich hue, can help balance out a lighter cream color like Sweet Corn while the light purple or can serve as a pretty pop of highlight color or create a more feminine mood.

Image by Skillshare student Elisabeth W. for   Vintage Illustration: Back to the Future  with Linda Eliasen

Image by Skillshare student Elisabeth W. for Vintage Illustration: Back to the Future with Linda Eliasen

7. Dark Brown and Orange-Red

Dark brown and an orange-red, like Pantone’s popular Fiesta color, are great building blocks when you want to create a warm and inviting palette. Take it tropical by incorporating more oranges, yellows, pinks, and even a splash of green or turquoise for small contrast here and there.

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Image by Skillshare student Maria F. for Recipe Illustrations on Your iPad in Procreate + 26 Free Procreate Textures and Stamps with Top Teacher Liz Kohler Brown

Experimenting with different color palettes can reawaken your artistic eye, lead you in new directions, and help prevent complacency. Dare to be bold with your color schemes and you’ll enjoy blue skies (creatively speaking) all season long.  


Want to learn more about colors this spring? Check out these great classes on color and color theory on Skillshare!