Color Inspiration in Fantasy: A Superhero in Every Shade!

Color Inspiration in Fantasy: A Superhero in Every Shade!


Superman. The Incredible Hulk. Wonder Woman. Spiderman. The list goes on, when it comes to those world-famous super heroes of our childhood (and hey, let's face it--adulthood!) dreams. But what about the lesser-known awesome-sauce caped and masked crusaders in our midst?!?! Paying homage to you, and you, and you out there--who are colorfully keeping our earth protected, and in some cases...well, peculiar--we salute you! Dedicated to the secret, everyday superheroes out there, here is a smattering of our favorite colorful, caped crusaders, and the palettes they're super-ness has inspired.

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SPIDEY SHADES

1-Spidey Shades

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RAINBOW HERO

2-Rainbow Hero

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ROCKIN' ROBIN

3-Rockin' Robin

Rockin_Robin

PONDERING GREATNESS

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Pondering_Greatness

SUPER TRIO

5-Super Trio

Super_Trio

SUPER TREE-RO

6-Super Tree-ro

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LADY GREATS

7-Lady Greats

Lady_Greats

SPEC-TACULAR

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Spec-tacular

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Color Inspiration in Hair: Lovely Rainbow Locks

Color Inspiration in Hair: Lovely Rainbow Locks


From spiky, punk-inspired mohawks of myriad colors to long, luscious tresses tinged with every imaginable color of the rainbow, these hairstyles redefine what it means to add a bit of personality into your look! We are loving each of these inspirational new dos, and the palettes they've awakened in our imaginations! Feel free to add your on photos of your personal (and colorful!) hairdos (or don'ts!) throughout the years, along with the palettes that match, in the comments section below, with badges and the like! We're waiting, and excited to share in the trip down memory mane!

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RAINBOW BRITE

1-Rainbow Brite

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PRISM WORLD

2-Prism World

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PASTEL PRETTY

3-Pastel Pretty

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BUBBLE GUM WRAPPER

4-Bubble Gum Wrapper

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LAVENDER GARDEN

5-Lavender Garden

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MERMAID HUES

6-Mermaid Hues

 

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PINKIE SWEAR

7-Pinkie Swear

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TOP IT OFF WITH COLOR

8-Top It Off With Color

 

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ORANGE YOU COLORFUL?

9-Orange You Colorful?

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EMERALD OF OZ

10-Emerald of Oz

 

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Color Inspiration in Fashion: Colorful Kicks and Shoes of Every Shade

Color Inspiration in Fashion: Colorful Kicks and Shoes of Every Shade


Happy Feet is more than just an animated movie title for these next ten swoon-worthy palette creations. When it comes to colorful things, shoes have long been synonymous with being literal walking declarations of their wearers' own unique (and colorful) personalities. From vibrant patterns to bright polka dots and other patterns and designs, the super shades of the rainbow that these kicks represent are really what is wowing us, too! Gathered here are some of our favorite, fun feet fashions, and the color palettes they inspired. We'd love for you guys to "Step in" and submit (via the comment section below) some of your own personal snapshots of your favorite colorful shoes, and created palettes based on each!

RAINBOW KICKS

1-Rainbow Kicks

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HI-TOP HUES

2-Hi-Top Hues

Hi-Top_Hues

GRAPE STOMP

3-Grape Stomp

Grape_Stomp

PLATFORM PIZAZZ

4-Platform Pizazz

Platform_Pizazz

VANDERLAND

5-Vanderland

Vanderland

SEEING STARS

6-Seeing Stars

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PRETTY FLOWERS

7-Pretty Flowers

Pretty_Flowers

FEMME FEETAL

8-Femme Feetal

Femme_Feetal

BOOGETY BOOTS

9-Boogety Boots

Boogety_Boots

PINK PUDDLES

10-Pink Puddles

 

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Color Inspiration: Coastal Cities in Every Shade

Color Inspiration: Coastal Cities in Every Shade


When it comes to colorful, these coastal cities corner the market on mesmerizing hues every shade of the rainbow. From the sunny seaside towns of Europe to the far corners of the globe, these whimsical port cities are surrounded by water and swathed in color!

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Riomaggiore Radiance

1-Riomaggiore - Cinque Terre, Italy

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Lights Over Liguria 

3-Genoa in Liguria, Italy

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Parga Palette

2-Parga

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Lovely Lipa

4-city of Lipa of Batangas in the Philippines

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Vernazza Views

5-Italy, Cinque Terre, Vernazza

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Kinsale Kaleidoscope 

6-Kinsale, Cork, Ireland

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Bright-On Brighton

8-Brighton Pier, Brighton, Sussex, England

Bright-on

Pothia Palette

9-Pothia. Kalymnos island, Dodecanese, Greece

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Pittenweem Portrait

10-Pittenweem fishing village on the North Sea in Scotland

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Color Inspiration in Food:  Kid Cereals and Colors Collide!

Color Inspiration in Food: Kid Cereals and Colors Collide!


What kid doesn't love color? Or adult with a kid still inside, for that matter! And add to color, copious amounts of sugar, fun shapes, and the like? And you get pretty much every favorite one of our kid cereals growing up! We've rounded up below just a few of our go-to childhood morning munchies, and the color palettes they inspired. We'd love to hear what YOUR favorite kiddo cereal was (and still is?!), as well as get a gander at some of your very own color palettes that each crunchy spoonful suggested to your creative artist paintbrush heart!

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COCOA CRAZINESS

1-Cocoa Craziness

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CHOC. FULL O' COLOR

2-Choc. Full O Color

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SPORTIN' KIX

3-Sportin' Kix

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FEELIN' LUCKY

4-Feelin' Lucky

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APPLE JACK N' JILL

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CHEERY OHS

6-Cheery Ohs

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TRIX O' THE TRADE

7-Trix of the Trade

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CALL ME CAP'N

8-Call Me CapN'

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FRUITY PEBBLE PIZAZZ

9-Fruity Pebble Pizazz

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FEELIN' LOOPY

10-Feelin' Loopy

 

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Color Inspiration in Jewelry: Gems that Sparkle and Shine, in Every Shade

Color Inspiration in Jewelry: Gems that Sparkle and Shine, in Every Shade


Women (and men!) adore to adorn themselves with everything from necklaces to bracelets and beyond, bathing their bodies with accoutrements filled with every color of the rainbow. Below are just a smattering of the gems we've seen that send our hearts aflutter with a fantasia of color, as well as the color palettes they've inspired. Feel free to add your own favorite baubles, beads, and gems to the mix, Colourlovers community!

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Butterfly Bliss

1-Butterfly Bliss

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Brace-let Yourself 

2-Brace-let Yourself

Brace-let_Yourself

Kaleidoscope Cuff

3-Kaleidoscope Cuff

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Charmed

4-Charmed

Charmed

Sparkle Spots

5-Sparkle Spots

Sparkle_Spots

Floral Fantasia

6-Floral Fantasia

Floral_Fantasia

Watermelon Ears

7-Watermelon Ears

Watermelon_Ears

Rainbow Butterfly

8-Rainbow Butterfly

Rainbow_Butterfly

Grape Sensation

9-Grape Sensation

Grape_Sensation

Dangle N' Dazzle

10-Dangle N' Dazzle

Dangle_N_Dazzle

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Color Inspiration in Cars: Hot Rods Painted in Every Hue

Color Inspiration in Cars: Hot Rods Painted in Every Hue


When it comes to cars, they can almost become personified through their paint jobs. Whether it be rainbow stripes or swirls of every shade in the color wheel, these hot rods have loads of personality to spare. Here are some of our favorites, along with the color palettes they inspired. Feel free to beep beep and toot toot your own fun and fantastic color creations below in the comment section, Colourlovers!

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FLOWER POWER

1-Flower Power

Flower_Power

COLOR CUBE

2-Color Cube

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SUCH A SQUARE

3-Such a Square

Such_a_Square

PURPLE FLAMIN-GO!

4-Flamin-go

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GREEN GARDEN

5-Green Garden

Green_Garden

TRUNK SHOW

6-Trunk Show

Trunk_Show
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PAINT THE COOPERTOWN

7-Paint The Coopertown

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LET'S FACE IT

8-Let's Face It

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EYE SPY

9-Eye Spy

Eye_Spy

ABOUT FACE

10-About Face

About_Face

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Color Inspiration in Nature: Floral Bouquets Bursting with Pigment Personality

Color Inspiration in Nature: Floral Bouquets Bursting with Pigment Personality


In honor of the upcoming holiday, we've compiled some of our very favorite all-natural color palettes, inspired by the lovely blooms and buds that inspired them. We'd sure love to see some of your favorite floral-infused bouquet-inspired palette creations as well, Colourlovers! Chime in down in the comment section below linking us to your own sensational shades of wonder.

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Blue Bells

1-Blue Bells

Blue_Bells

For You-schia

2-For You-schia

For_You-schia

Bright News

3-Bright News

Bright_News

Wedding Blues

4-Wedding Blues

Wedding_Blues

Tulip Dreams

5-Tulip Dreams

Tulip_Dreams

Bright Love

6-Bright Love

Bright_Love

Tickle Me Pink

7-Tickle Me Pink

Tickle_Me_Pink

Lavender Love

8-Lavender Love

Lavender_Love

Sweet Sherbet

9-Sweet Sherbet

Sweet_Sherbet

Pastel Pom Pom

10-Pastel Pom PomPastel_Pom_Pom

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Color Inspiration: Nail Art in a Kaleidoscope of Happy Hues

Color Inspiration: Nail Art in a Kaleidoscope of Happy Hues


Nail Art. It's a modern trend that's surprisingly not so modern, with historical roots dating as far back as ancient times, surprisingly. In fact, artifacts have actually been found that reveal that manicures (albeit rudimentary ones) were taking place 4,000 plus years ago, in southern Babylonia, with Egypt's royal tombs riddled with tools pointing toward being used in the beautification ritual. And in Rome? The people were known to adorn their nails with a colorful crimson concoction of sheep fat and blood! And those are just a few examples. Things have definitely come a long way since those times, but one main denominator has stayed the same: the affinity for beauty expressing itself in color. Gathered here are some of our favorite and all-over-the-place wondrous manicure and nail art creations, along with the pretty palettes they inspired. Feel free to add your own awe-worthy examples below in the comments, Colourlovers!

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OOH LA LAVENDER

It's common knowledge that the color purple is noted worldwide as signifying royalty and nobility, but did you also know that the shade first originated from a dye created from the actual mucus glands of a tropical sea snail called the murex? Ewww! And no, that's snot a lie! We for one are glad that other forms of creating our favorite hues of this grape-inspired shade are available today, including myriad rainbows of nail polishes ranging from lavender blues, like below, to electric violets.

  1. 1-ooh la lavender

Ooh_La_Lavender

KITTY MATTE

By definition, matte signifies something that has a "dull or lusterless surface," such as matte paint, or a photograph with a matte finish. And although these nail polishes are not "shiny" per se, they--with their kitty cat faces front and center--are anything bit dull or boring!

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CHERRY BOMB

Titled in honor of one of our favorite (and taboo!) childhood prank props--those round firecrackers that made such a loud kaboom at explosion they could make one's heart stop--these vibrant, oh-so-red nails stand out even more for the "explosion" of green, purple and pink that shows up on just one of the showcased digits.

3-cherry bomb

Cherry_Bomb

RHINESTONE POWGIRL

Our cheeky title for this manicure is inspired by the classic 1977 TV movie Rhinestone Cowgirl, which features a dazzling Ann-Margret singing and dancing at the Grand Ole Opry House. Like the feature, this nail art is so bling-worthy and sparkle-yay that it also has us wanting to get up and dance and shout. Honestly, it's so hypnotic and mesmerizing, we can barely look away!

4-Rhinestone Powgirl

Rhinestone_Powgirl

PRETTY IN PINK

Another cult classic movie, Pretty in Pink, which stars Molly Ringwald, had the1980's babies falling head over heels with it from hello. And another thing we're falling for? This nail art creation showcasing wildflowers in pastel shades of blue, green, pale, romantic pink, and more.

5-Pretty in Pink

Pretty_in_Pink

SHADES OF SHERBET

When we first saw this nail art creation, those childhood summer afternoons spent with a fast-melting cone of pastel sherbet instantly came to mind. Our favorite flavor was lime, what about you?

6-Shades of Sherbet

Shades_of_Sherbet

RAINBOW GLOW

According to scientists (who are pretty darn smart), the most bright rainbows apparently happen during thunderstorms or other heavy rainfall, because when the sun's light passes through raindrops, it shines brighter and gives off more color. Makes sense to us. And if this nail art below is any indicator, there's been a storm a-brewin' about this gal's salon.

7-RainbowGlow

Rainbow_Glow

PUZZLING

Most people attribute puzzles to things which are problems, or something that is difficult or confusing that one must figure out. All of the above are indeed true, but when it comes to this nail art creation, we don't even feel the need to figure it out, as just gazing at the happy, bright colors configured in its jigsaw-shaped patterns presents near limitless joy bubbles in our hearts. That's about all the explanation we need, to know that they're awesome, and pretty perfect.

8-Puzzling

Puzzling

SNEAK(ER)Y FEELING

Who could forget the beloved and iconic Chuck Taylor All-Stars (or "Chucks" for short) that pretty much the entire population once sported while growing up? We're definite fans, which is why we of course adore this unique and bright nail art creation!

9-Sneak(er)y Feeling

Sneak(er)y_Feeling

BLING QUEEN

Merriam Webster defines this nail art creation to near perfection via its description of the word "bling": flashy jewelry worn. Yep, this manicure may be near blinding on regards to its bling factor, but it is also undeniably oh-so-fun!

10-bling queen

Bling_Queen

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Color Inspiration in Art: Famous Paintings Provide Perfect Palette Ideas

Color Inspiration in Art: Famous Paintings Provide Perfect Palette Ideas


From Monet to Van Gogh, brilliant artists throughout history have delighted and inspired us with their paintings filled with emotion-evoking beauty and near endless strokes and swirls of vibrant, life-giving color. Here are just a few of our favorite paintings by famed artists across the world and throughout history, as well as the colourlover palettes "birthed" by each.

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WEAR YOUR SUNSCREAM

Ascribed by most with the name, "The Scream," this aptly-titled painting by Expressionist artist Edvard Munch originally was given the moniker "The Scream of Nature." Featuring a figure in apparent agony, against a passionately (some could even say violently) colored sky of bold oranges, golds and the like, critic Arthur Ludlow took so much stock in the striking and timely importance of this piece that he even went so far as to describe it as "an icon of modern art, a Mona Lisa of our time."

1-Munch-Scream

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STARRY NIGHTLIGHT

Who isn't familiar with this whimsical rendition of a dreamy, star-filled sky at night? One of our absolute favorites, "The Starry Night" was painted by Dutch post-impressionist Vincent van Gogh in June 1889. Surprisingly, few realize where this beautiful and lovely painting was actually created: it depicts the view from the east-facing window of Van Gogh's asylum room at Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, just before sunrise--the idyllic village, however, was an addition from the edges of the inpatient's own imagination.

2-Van Gogh Starry Night

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IRIS(K) IT

Also created in 1989--during Van Gogh's time within an asylum in Saint-Rémy, France (due to several episodes of self-mutilation and hospitalization)--is "Irises," a painting which the artist began the very first week of his arrival, and toiled tirelessly over from within the outdoor confines of the asylum's garden.

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MAD HATTER

Created by renowned painter Lichtenstein, "Woman with Flowered Hat" was made during a time when the artist was on a personal attack of sorts regarding the mentality of "High Art." Lichtenstein chose to combat such snobbery with subject matter of "low art" via comic strip imagery, and specifically, copycatting masterworks of some of the most famed artists, including Cezanne, Picasso, and more. This particular piece is based on Picasso's own works with the muse of Dora Maar, Picasso's once lover. Like Picasso's original work, so too is Lichtenstein's rendition famed for its wild colors and grotesque distortion of features.

flowered hat

Mad_Hatter

KISS THIS!

Golden is the first thing that comes to mind when receiving one's first glimpse of Gustav Klimt's iconic painting "The Kiss." Such a sentiment makes perfect natural sense when  faced with the fact that the Austrian artist created this visionary piece at the height of what was literally described as his "Golden Period." A mixture of oil paint, layers of deftly applied gold leaf layers, and the emotion infused with the subject matter of two lovers in a passionate embrace serves to send all viewers into their own world of idyllic contemplation, including us. We will be the first to admit, this masterpiece is nothing short of golden.

5-Gustav Klimt -- The Kiss

Kiss_This!

PERSISTENT MEMORIES

Artist Salvador Dali is perhaps our very favorite artist, ever. This particular piece, "The Persistence of Memory" --or in Catalan: La persistència de la memòria--was created in 1931 and remains as one of Dali's most famous masterpieces.

6-Salvadore Dali, The Persistence of Memory

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PONDERING

Considered to be the founder of French Impressionist painting, Oscar-Claude Monet's desire to capture the beauty of the French countryside--specifically the shifting light within the days and nights, as well as the passing of seasons--led the artist to begin practicing this methodology of painting the exact same scene numerous times. A resident on Giverny, Monet invested much time in landscaping his property to include his famed lily ponds and gardens, of which are featured below amid swirls of crimson, muted mint and nearly chartreuse sunlight shades.

7-Monet's Abstract Pond

Pondering

CHAIRY SITUATION

Known for becoming infatuated with many women, who then became muses for his works, Pablo Picasso created "The Red Armchair" surrounding his smitten subject of Marie-Therese Walter. Nearly 30 years younger than the famed painter, Walter's blonde hair, broad features, and curvy figure entranced Picasso, who was quite vocal about her charms. According to the opinions of many, the motif featured within this painting--showcasing a distorted visage featuring both frontal and profile views--is believed to be symbolic of (or at least acknowledging) the double life the two were carrying at the time. Whatever the reason for way he went about displaying the beauty, we are fascinated, and big fans, especially of that bold, bright color kaleidoscope!

8-The Red Armchair by Pablo Picasso

Chairy_Situation

REAR WINDOW

It is often said that the utilization and variations of color was how Henri Matisse conceived and structured his art. Perhaps giving us his own explanation of his approach, the painter penned this description of his masterpiece, "The Window," in a letter: "Through the window of the drawing room one sees the green of the garden and a black tree trunk, a basket of forget-me-nots on the table, a garden chair and a rug."

9-Henri Matisse - The Window

Rear_Window

MERRY POPPIES

Artist Childe Hassam painted "Poppies, Isles of Shoals" based on the beautiful (and largest) island in the Atlantic archipelago four just off New Hampshire and Maine (also known as Appledore). Perhaps the most noteworthy American Impressionist of his time, Appledore would become Hassam's haven, where the artist would often go for retreat and creative inspiration.

10-Poppies Isles of Shoals Hassam

Merry_Poppies

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