40 Stunning Website Designs with Great Color Schemes

Selecting a color scheme for a given website design project is not always easy. Sometimes the product or service will help to determine the base or main color, but where to go from there is usually a matter for the designer's imagination and inspiration.

There are sites that offer huge selections of color combinations where you can search for a specific color or just browse by categories such as newest, most popular, etc., but sometimes there is just no substitute for browsing other sites for inspiration, where designers have used color schemes that, as a palette may not be obvious bed-mates. In this round up we have selected 40 sites that have some outstanding and/or unusual color combinations, and where the designers have applied a great deal of creativity.

Websites with Outstanding or Unusual Color Schemes

Each featured site has a color palette of 5 colors below the screenshot. These palettes are simply an idea of the colors used in the design, and there are a couple of points to be taken into consideration about them:

  • The colors have been sourced from the screenshot in Photoshop, so they are for guidance only
  • Some colors included in some of the palettes are not visible on the screenshot page – but they will appear somewhere on the site

SecretKey
SecretKey

SecretKey Palette

Scott McCarthy Design
Scott McCarthy Design

Scott McCarthy Design Palette

El Designo
El Designo

El Designo Palette

Melonfree
Melonfree

Melonfree Palette

Glue Pro
Glue Pro

Glue Pro Palette

SquareFactor
SquareFactor

SquareFactor Palette

Hyundai Veloster
Hyundai Veloster

Hyundai Veloster Palette

Pixels & Aromates
Pixels & Aromates

Pixels & Aromates Palette

Fitz Fitzpatrick
Fitz Fitzpatrick

Fitz Fitzpatrick Palette

Barni Design
Barni Design

Barni Design Palette

SoftwareMill
SoftwareMill

SoftwareMill Palette

The Enterprise Foundation
The Enterprise Foundation

The Enterprise Foundation Palette

RS Collab
RS Collab

RS Collab Palette

Paw Studio
Paw Studio

Paw Studio Palette

Viximo
Viximo

Viximo Palette

NAF – The Daily Commute
NAF - The Daily Commute

NAF - The Daily Commute Palette

TCM – Summer Under the Stars
TCM - Summer Under the Stars

TCM - Summer Under the Stars Palette

Spektrum Media
Specktrum Media

Specktrum Media Palette

Cheval Blanc
Cheval Blanc

Cheval Blanc Palette

NASA: Prospect
NASA: Prospect

NASA: Prospect Palette

TV Safety
TV Safety

TV Safety Palette

Lorenzo Verzini
Lorenzo Verzini

Lorenzo Verzini Palette

Like There Is No Tomorrow
Like There Is No Tomorrow

Like There Is No Tomorrow Palette

Gubb & Mackie
Gubb & Mackie

Gubb & Mackie Palette

Neilson Photography
Neilson Photography

Neilson Photography Palette

Kikk Festival
Kikk Festival

Kikk Festival Palette

These Are Things
These Are Things

These Are Things Palette

The Shihab
The Shihab

The Shihab Palette

Duplos
Duplos

Duplos Palette

Speed Motion
Speed Motion

Speed Motion Palette

Cuisines Schmidt
Cuisines Schmidt

Cuisines Schmidt Palette

Dashag
Dashag

Dashag Palette

Sqd
Sqd

Sqd Palette

MeetInnov
MeetInnov

MeetInnov Palette

Masha Studio
Masha Studio

Masha Studio Palette

Kavat Eventbyra
Kavat Eventbyra

Kavat Eventbyra Palette

Fernando Nako
Fernando Nako

Fernando Nako Palette

Josef Kjaergaard
Josef Kjaergaard

Josef Kjaergaard Palette

Activate Media
Activate Media

Activate Media Palette

Heimplanet Zelte
Heimplanet

Heimplanet Palette

Conclusion

Hopefully you have been inspired by the websites featured in this showcase, and maybe even surprised by the color palettes used.

Which of these sites was your favorite, and what attracts you to it? Have you created any sites with different or unusual color schemes? Please share your thoughts and links with us in the comments section below.