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Colour Palette Guide

A quick guide to choosing a color palette for your 3D Renderings.


Have you ever pondered how painters direct the viewer’s attention, express meaning, and capture moods with colour? It’s essential for everyone working visually to comprehend how colour is defined in art. One of the fundamental components of visual art is colour. Understanding colour relationships enables artists to elicit strong feelings from the viewer, direct them through compositions, and communicate ideas.

This guide covers the fundamentals of colour, from the colour wheel and theory to colour harmonies and meanings. Continue reading to discover how to use colour in your artwork with intention!

Firstly, a colour palette in the digital world refers to the full range of colours displayed on a device screen. When creating any 3D Rendering, our job is to make the images look stunning in every way possible. This is no small task.

A colour scheme is the choice of colours used in the design; the client or the designer can select this before materials are added to the 3D model to create the image style and appeal. These can be selected by using different online tools such as colour-hex. Likewise, colour schemes can be selected using reference images and mood boards. On the other hand, within product rendering, you may want to draw attention to a button or user interaction using bright colours. Read how Salesforce studied colour to make a better user experience.

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Below are a short list of terms and definitions within colour terminology.

  • Chroma: how pure or intense colour is,
  • Hue: what colour or shade something is. For example, blue or red,
  • Saturation: how strong or weak the colour is,
  • Value: how light or dark colour is,
  • Tone: created by any pure hue with neutral Gray added,
  • Shade: created by any pure hue with black added to it,
  • Tint: created by any pure hue with white added to it.



A monochromatic colour scheme has all the colours of a single hue including tones, tints and shades. These are the most simple colour schemes to create because they are all taken from the same colour. Monochromatic palettes can be very boring and are not used much in 3D rendering. The only exception of this would be if the client requested it or we were to create a black and white image.


The primary colour is selected, and the colours from either side of it are on the colour wheel. One colour tends to be a primary or secondary colour, and finally, a tertiary. For example, red, orange and red-orange. This colour palette typically does a good job of expressing consistency. They are easy to work with because there is not too much difference in the colours.


The complementary colour scheme consists of opposites of the colour wheel. For example red and green, blue and orange. These colours are great for communicating a sense of balance as they essentially cancel each other out by producing a grey-scale. But when they are placed next to each other create great contrast.


Finally the triadic colour scheme consists of three colours that are at equal points on the colour wheel. For example red, yollow and blue.


When it comes to rendering, the power of colour is both emotional and practical. On an emotional level, colours can affect how the viewer feels about the image, whether it is a warm or cold feeling, for example.

There have been a number of studies on the relationship between colours. They reveal that 90% of snap judgments are made about a product can be based on colour alone.

  • Red: danger, energy, power, passion
    Orange: fresh, youthful, joy, enthusiasm, creativity
  • Yellow: optimistic, cheerful, happiness, intellect
  • Green: natural, ambition, growth, freshness, safety
  • Blue: communicative, tranquility, confidence, intelligence, depressed
  • Purple: luxury, ambition, creativity, royalty
  • Black: power, elegance, mystery, sorrow, sophicsticated
    White: cleanliness, purity, perfection, innocence, minimalism
  • Brown: organic, wholesome, simple
    Pink: romance, exciting, feminimie, senitemental
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Below are some free tools that will help you decide what colours to use in any artistic endevour, from Architectural Visualisation to DIY Interior Design.
Colour Hunt

Color Hunt

Color Hunt is a free online tool that allows people to select colours and add them to a palette, it also lets you share your ideas with others and see what palettes may take your liking. It’s a great way to scroll through a (nearly) endless feed of color palettes searching for the ones that strikes your fancy.

Adobe Colour Wheel

Adobe Colour Wheel

Adobe Colour Wheel helps used explore the colour wheel. It gives you the ability to extract colour from any image and apply Harmony Rule, Analogous, monochromatic, Triadic, Complementary, Compound and Custom Shades.



Coolors is a great tool for designers. It also offers an app with Adobe Adds-Ons for Photoshop and Illustrator. These make it a very powerful application that can help you choose your colour scheme. Likewise you can also browse thousands of colour colour palettes from the community.



Paletton is similar to the others but the main difference is that you can use 5 tones. This is a great tool when you have primary colours and want to explore all the additional tones.

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A colour palette is a collection of carefully selected colours that are intended to work harmoniously together in a design or artwork. It typically consists of a primary colour and several complementary or accent colours. Colour palettes are used to create visual cohesion and evoke specific emotions or moods within a composition.

Choosing the right colour palette for your project depends on various factors, such as the intended mood, target audience, and project type. Consider the emotions you want to convey and the overall theme or concept. Research colour theory and explore different colour combinations to find inspiration. Experiment with complementary or analogous colour schemes, or explore pre-designed colour palettes available online. Additionally, considering the cultural and psychological associations of colours can help you make informed decisions when selecting a colour palette.

Yes, certain industries or purposes often have preferred colour palettes that convey specific meanings or create visual associations. For example, the technology sector often utilises clean, minimalist colour palettes with modern and futuristic tones. Meanwhile, healthcare and wellness industries may incorporate calming and soothing colour palettes. It’s important to research industry trends and consider the message you want to communicate when choosing a colour palette for your specific industry or purpose.

To effectively use a colour palette in your designs, it’s crucial to maintain consistency throughout your project. Use the primary colour sparingly for important elements or focal points, while the complementary colours can be employed to provide contrast or accentuate specific details. Ensure a balanced distribution of colours to avoid overwhelming the viewer. Additionally, consider the accessibility of your colour choices, ensuring sufficient contrast for legibility, particularly for text or interface design.

Absolutely! You have the freedom to create your own colour palette or utilise pre-made ones depending on your preference and project requirements. Creating your own colour palette allows you to personalise your design and tailor it to your specific needs. On the other hand, pre-made colour palettes can provide a convenient starting point and save time. Whichever option you choose, the key is to ensure the colours work harmoniously together and effectively communicate the desired message.