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.
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.