Winter Wonderland: Winter Color Palette Inspiration for Graphic Designers

Winter is here and so are specially curated winter color palettes to elevate your holiday- or winter-themed design projects. Ideal for graphic designers seeking inspiration for a holiday event flyer, a seasonal menu, or a captivating poster showcasing the beauty of winter, these meticulously crafted color palettes will help you create visually stunning designs for both print and screen.

Whether you’re drawing color inspiration directly from nature, picking a holiday color palette from the bright shades of the festive season, or pulling them right off the runway, winter has some incredible color palettes for you to choose from.

In this post, we’ll share our favorite inspiring winter color palettes, including:

  • Nature-inspired winter color palettes
  • Cool winter color palettes
  • Holiday color palettes
  • Winter color palette picks from Pantone

Let’s dive in.

Nature-inspired Winter Color Palettes

There’s more to winter than snow and ice (and Christmas). There are also the beautiful muted hues of mosses and trees contrasting with bright berries and colorful birds, and incredible warm sunsets against icy cool, sparkling landscapes. Here are three nature-inspired winter color palettes to help you embrace the winter spirit.

Snowy pines

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Snow Willow

C=9 M=3 Y=0 K=0
R=218 G=227 B=234

Spearmint

C=6 M=0 Y=10 K=0
R=218 G=229 B=205

Spruce

C=11 M=5 Y=0 K=64
R=81 G=87 B=91

Cocoa

C=0 M=22 Y=85 K=85
R=74 G=60 B=49

Winter in the woods

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Barley Grass

C=0 M=10.8 Y=36.2 K=25
R=192 G=169 B=121

Spearmint

C=0 M=16 Y=40 K=53
R=119 G=99 B=70

Military Green

C=10 M=0 Y=8 K=54
R=105 G=117 B=107

Maroon

C=0 M=100 Y=60 K=55
R=119 G=49 B=65

Winter sky

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Barely Pink

C=0 M=9 Y=10 K=0
R=255 G=232 B=231

Lilac

C=10 M=20 Y=0 K=0
R=221 G=198 B=228

Lavender

C=69 M=73.1 Y=3.8 K=12
R=103.1 G=75.7 B=118.1

Cobalt Blue

C=100 M=49 Y=0 K=70
R=0 G=42 B=66

Cool Winter Color Palettes

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When you think about the sparkle of snowflakes set against the cool blue tones of a winter sky, there’s no denying that winter is at its most beautiful when it is snowy. Channel the wintery spirit with these cool winter color palettes made up of inspiring iceberg shades:

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Soft Blue

C=2.97 M=5.66 Y=0 K=6.68
R=230.89 G=224.48 B=237.95

Pale Blue

C=15 M=8 Y=0 K=3
R=209 G=226 B=246

Pool

C=78 M=28 Y=0 K=0
R=0 G=131 B=190

Sapphire

C=33 M=26 Y=0 K=56
R=76 G=83 B=113

Mist

C=4 M=5 Y=0 K=6
R=231 G=229 B=240

Vista

C=56 M=25 Y=1 K=7
R=104 G=178 B=235

Sapphire

C=33 M=26 Y=0 K=56
R=76 G=83 B=113

Lapis Lazuli

C=99 M=40 Y=0 K=66
R=1 G=52 B=87

Holiday Color Palettes

From silver and gold to the classic reds and greens of Christmas, you can’t have a list of winter color palettes without including some festive holiday options.

Glam Holiday Color Palette

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Tinstar

C=0 M=5 Y=0 K=13
R=220 G=208 B=218

Snow Willow

C=9 M=3 Y=0 K=0
R=218 G=227 B=234

Gold

C=38 M=0 Y=45 K=0
R=194 G=195 B=128

Pyrite

C=0 M=17 Y=56 K=8
R=233 G=193 B=104

Classic Christmas Color Palette

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Red

C=0 M=100 Y=79 K=20
R=167 G=25 B=48

Maroon

C=0 M=100 Y=60 K=55
R=119 G=49 B=65

Gamma Green

C=57 M=0 Y=80 K=22
R=95 G=159 B=84

Forest Green

C=27 M=0 Y=2 K=67
R=60 G=83 B=81

Hanukkah Color Palette

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Prussian Blue

C=80 M=53 Y=0 K=0
R=64 G=96 B=175

Cornflower

C=45 M=25 Y=0 K=14
R=120 G=164 B=219

Beargrass

C=12 M=1 Y=9 K=2
R=246 G=246 B=237

Marigold

C=0 M=30 Y=83 K=0
R=255 G=178 B=43

Kwanzaa Color Palette

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Cardinal

C=0 M=94 Y=100 K=0
R=205 G=32 B=44

Black

C=16 M=0 Y=31 K=82
R=53 G=55 B=53

Emerald

C=100 M=0 Y=28 K=40
R=0 G=154 B=110

Golden Yellow

C=0 M=16 Y=100 K=0
R=255 G=199 B=2

Winter Color Palette Picks from Pantone

The color experts at Pantone pulled these winter color palettes directly from the Autumn/Winter 2023/2024 runways in New York. Explore some uncharacteristic winter colors with these fun and fashionable palettes:

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Maroon

C=0 M=100 Y=0 K=55
R=119 G=49 B=65

Fuchsia

C=0 M=68.76 Y=26.04 K=0
R=255 G=79.66 B=188.59

Scarlet

C=0 M=97 Y=100 K=0
R=213 G=43 B=30

Bright Yellow

C=0 M=5 Y=15 K=0
R=236 G=222 B=187

Violet

C=43 M=38 Y=0 K=0
R=143 G=141 B=203

Green

C=17 M=0 Y=16 K=0
R=166 G=230 B=188

Cayenne Pepper

C=0 M=43 Y=44 K=33
R=170 G=96 B=94

Fairway

C=49 M=4 Y=90 K=16
R=109 G=206 B=21

Cocoa

C=0 M=22 Y=85 K=85
R=74 G=60 B=49

Midnight Blue

C=70 M=43 Y=23 K=63
R=57 G=74 B=88

Tinstar

C=0 M=5 Y=0 K=13
R=220 G=208 B=218

Pumpkin Pie

C=0 M=29 Y=54 K=24
R=192 G=138 B=89

Conclusion

Winter might feel bleak, grey, and drab, but there can be color if you know where to look for it. Don’t be afraid to add bold hues to your work (and your life).

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