Interactive Dictionary of Color Combinations
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Interactive Dictionary of Color Combinations

The Japanese have developed a fine sense for color in their art and architecture, where the right combination of colors can create the perfect mood. Between 1933 and 1934, Japanese artist Sanzo Wada published 6-volumes of color studies, documenting over a thousand color combinations. His work has been credited with being the first book to catalog color schemes in such a manner and has been compared to modern graphic design resources.

As an exercise in color theory, collected some of these palettes, which can be used to inspire your own art direction. To make it easier we’ve created an interactive guide that lets you explore the colors to get a feel for how they work together. This guide offers 348 Japanese palettes, which you can use in web design, posters, and more. Just click any color below and see what Sanzo Wada would combine it with.
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Hermosa Pink
ffb3f0
Corinthian Pink
ffa6d9
Cameo Pink
e6adcf
Fawn
d1b0b3
Light Brown Drab
b08699
Coral Red
ff7399
Fresh Color
ff788c
Grenadine Pink
ff616b
Eosine Pink
ff5ec4
Spinel Red
ff4dc9
Old Rose
d94d99
Eugenia Red | A
ed3d66
Eugenia Red | B
e62e73
Raw Sienna
b85e00
Vinaceous Tawny
c74300
Jasper Red
fa2b00
Spectrum Red
f20000
Red Orange
e81900
Etruscan Red
c9303e
Burnt Sienna
a93400
Ochre Red
a7374b
Scarlet
d50c42
Carmine
d60036
Indian Lake
cc1a97
Rosolanc Purple
b319ab
Pomegranite Purple
b90078
Hydrangea Red
9e194d
Brick Red
a32100
Carmine Red
a10b2b
Pompeian Red
a90636
Red
a10045
Brown
6c2b11
Hay's Russet
681916
Vandyke Red
740909
Pansy Purple
6f0043
Pale Burnt Lake
730f1f
Violet Red
3d0079
Vistoris Lake
5c2c45
Sulpher Yellow
f5f5b8
Pale Lemon Yellow
fff59e
Naples Yellow
faed8f
Ivory Buff
ebd999
Seashell Pink
ffcfc4
Light Pinkish Cinnamon
ffbf99
Pinkish Cinnamon
f2ad78
Cinnamon Buff
ffbf6e
Cream Yellow
ffb852
Golden Yellow
fa9442
Vinaceous Cinnamon
f59994
Ochraceous Salmon
d99e73
Isabella Color
c3a55c
Maple
c2975a
Olive Buff
bcd382
Ecru
c0b490
Yellow
ffff00
Lemon Yellow
f2ff26
Apricot Yellow
ffe600
Pyrite Yellow
c4bf33
Olive Ocher
d1bd19
Yellow Ocher
e0b81f
Orange Yellow
ffab00
Yellow Orange
ff8c00
Apricot Orange
ff7340
Orange
ff5200
Peach Red
ff3319
English Red
de4500
Cinnamon Rufous
c2612c
Orange Rufous
c05200
Sulphine Yellow
baa600
Khaki
b68400
Citron Yellow
a6d40d
Buffy Citrine
888d2a
Dark Citrine
7e8743
Light Grayish Olive
76844e
Krongbergs Green
759243
Olive
718600
Orange Citrine
8c6510
Sudan Brown
9b5348
Olive Green
58771e
Light Brownish Olive
706934
Deep Grayish Olive
505423
Pale Raw Umber
5e4017
Sepia
503d00
Madder Brown
651300
Mars Brown / Tobacco
522000
Vandyke Brown
362304
Turquoise Green
b5ffc2
Glaucous Green
b3e8c2
Dark Greenish Glaucous
b3d9a3
Yellow Green
a6ff47
Light Green Yellow
bdf226
Night Green
7aff00
Olive Yellow
99b333
Artemesia Green
65a98f
Andover Green
5c8a73
Rainette Green
85b857
Pistachio Green
56aa69
Sea Green
33ff7d
Benzol Green
00d973
Light Porcelain Green
23c17c
Green
40c945
Dull Viridian Green
19cc33
Oil Green
6ea900
Diamine Green
1b8e13
Cossack Green
328e13
Lincoln Green
405416
Blackish Olive
324e2a
Deep Slate Olive
172713
Nile Blue
bfffe6
Pale King's Blue
abf5ed
Light Glaucous Blue
a6e6db
Salvia Blue
96bfe6
Cobalt Green
94ff94
Calamine BLue
80ffcc
Venice Green
6bffb3
Cerulian Blue
29bdad
Peacock Blue
00cf91
Green Blue
2dbc94
Olympic Blue
4f8fe6
Blue
0d75ff
Antwarp Blue
008aa1
Helvetia Blue
0057ba
Dark Medici Blue
417777
Dusky Green
00592e
Deep Lyons Blue
0024cc
Violet Blue
202d85
Vandar Poel's Blue
003e83
Dark Tyrian Blue
0d2b52
Dull Violet Black
06004f
Deep Indigo
000831
Deep Slate Green
0f261f
Grayish Lavender - A
b8b8ff
Grayish Lavender - B
bfabcc
Laelia Pink
cc85d1
Lilac
b875eb
Eupatorium Purple
bf36e0
Light Mauve
9161f2
Aconite Violet
9c52f2
Dull Blue Violet
6e66d4
Dark Soft Violet
4d52de
Blue Violet
4733ff
Purple Drab
754260
Deep Violet / Plumbeous
5c7287
Veronia Purple
7e3075
Dark Slate Purple
53225c
Taupe Brown
6b2e63
Violet Carmine
531745
Violet
2619d1
Red Violet
3400a3
Cotinga Purple
340059
Dusky Madder Violet
2d0060
White
ffffff
Neutral Gray
b5d1cc
Mineral Gray
9fc2b2
Warm Gray
9cb29e
Slate Color
1b3644
Black
000000

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