Awesome Online Tools For Choosing The Perfect Website Colour Scheme

Your website's colour scheme is an important decision you’ll need to make before starting your website development process. Obviously, you need to match the colours of your company branding and company logo. But you also need to communicate the right feel and ambience your business's product or service delivers.

So we’ve compiled a list of 17 great tools you can use to determine the perfect colour combination for your new website design.


Kuler is one of the best free online color scheme creation tools out there and my personal favorite. You can browse tons of pre-made color schemes or create your own using an advanced yet simple-to-use interface. My favorite feature of Kuler is that access is built right into Adobe Illustrator so it’s never far away. There’s also an AIR app and Dashboard widget available for even more access options.

Color Scheme Designer

Color Scheme Designer has a beautiful interface that helps you create beautiful color schemes in seconds. colorblind simulation is built in so you can ensure usability will be optimized for all users.

Colour Lovers

An online community where color aficionados can create, share and browse color schemes.


The guys at MailChimp created this excellent free service. Simply upload a picture and automatically get a color scheme to go with it. Suggestions from Kuler and Colour Lovers are built-in and you can download the Adobe swatch file.

Color Spire

A simpler, no-frills interface that helps you build a five swatch color scheme. Provides a nifty preview of the selected colors working together on a basic site frame.

Daily Color Scheme

Every day brings a new featured color scheme. Choose from a variety of download formats and browse past color schemes.

Instant Color Schemes


Though the interface is a bit lacking this tool is actually pretty helpful. Just type in a word or phrase (Ex: Firetruck) and you’ll get 24 of the most prominent colors that result from the first five images in a matching Yahoo image search.

Color Explorer

Color Explorer is the most fully-featured online solution I came across in my research. The impressive feature list includes a number of advanced tools for creating and converting your own color palettes as well as the ability to browse popular schemes. If you fancy yourself a color expert, this one is for you.

Color Rotate

Color Rotate is a lot like a 3D version of Kuler. The interface is not exactly intuitive, but it sure is pretty and fun to play with!


Toucan has all the quality and richness you’d expect from an Aviary application. Use the interactive color wheel to create schemes on the fly and take advantage of the color theory features built into the application. Like Color Scheme Designer, Toucan comes with a colorblindness simulator supporting all major types of colorblindness.

Colour Grab

Type in the URL of an image, get the most frequently appearing colors and a nice 3D pie chart so you can see how often a color appears. Downloadable Adobe swatches built-in.

Color Jack

A simple interactive colour wheel with several customisation options and colour theory formulas.

So now that you’ve got access to a full suit of online software you can quickly decide the best colour scheme for your website design. Then the next step is to simply come up with a custom website design and get started with your website development.