2016/2017 Winter Color Chart

2016/2017 Winter Color Chart

Calling all #colornerds!

If you’re anything like me, the weather is a big influence on your style, your mood, and your aesthetic. Here in Portland, Oregon, we recently had a snow storm that definitely put me in a wintery mood. This Winter Color Chart is inspired by the contrast between the earthy grey and blues of the weather and the bright jewel tones of the holiday season!

Are hue ready? 😉 Here’s the 2016/2017 Winter Color Chart!

Winter Color Chart

And, as always, a breakdown of the colors…

Moody Neutrals


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Don’t let grey skies dampen your spirit! Embrace the moody neutrals of winter with stormy blues, a mocha brown, or a twilight purple. Texture is key when wearing an ensemble of neutrals, so play it up with a chunky knit, classic plaid, or faux-fur accents.

Flirty Compliments


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While a cheery red and festive green can look a bit too Christmas-y, a mauve or lipstick pink is perfect when paired with a rich emerald tone. Because they’re opposites on the color wheel, dark green and pink – from a more neutral mauve to a poppy strawberry tone – bring out the best in each other. This trend also plays off the popularity of rose gold, so don’t be afraid to work in some metallics to really make these colors shine!

Vivid Tones


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Darker shades of red, green and blue are perfect for winter. From a ruby red, to an ocean teal, to a navy blue, these colors add vibrancy without being too bright. Throw in a pop of red, or pair with a neutral oatmeal tone for the ideal balance of color.

Here’s the chart again! When I’m feeling stuck for a fun color combo, I like to look at these seasonal color charts for inspiration. Check out how each column, row, or even diagonal grouping creates a unique, unexpected combination of colors!


If you’d like to download a printable version of this 2016/2017 Winter Color Chart, click here! The file even includes a chart with hex-codes for graphic designers or #colornerds.

And there you have it! WBT’s 2016/2017 Winter Color Chart. I hope this post inspires you to play with color this season – whether it’s as small as a new eyeshadow, or as big as painting a room in your house!

Share the #colornerd love! Which color or color combo is your favorite on this 2016/2017 Winter Color Chart? Tell me in the comments below! 


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Need some color inspiration for winter? Check out WBT's 2016/2017 Winter Color Chart for some unexpected color combinations and unique color schemes for fashion, beauty, design, and lifestyle!

Need some color inspiration for winter? Check out WBT's 2016/2017 Winter Color Chart for some unexpected color combinations and unique color schemes for fashion, beauty, design, and lifestyle!

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  • Rose

    Great winter colors! Love your inspiration picks.

    December 12, 2016 at 9:02 am Reply
    • Haley

      Thank you, Rose! It’s amazing how just a handful of images (for me, it’s fashion!) can inspire a whole color palette. I hope your winter is full of color and brightness 🙂
      xo, Haley

      December 12, 2016 at 9:08 am Reply
  • Carol

    I find this extremely helpful, and especially love use of color to brighten dull days. Thank you for the hints.

    December 12, 2016 at 9:03 am Reply
    • Haley

      Yes! A pop of color – whether it’s a fun top, a pretty lipstick, or even a colorful pen – can transform your day! Thanks for commenting 🙂
      xo, Haley

      December 12, 2016 at 9:10 am Reply
  • Carol

    With your extensive knowledge of fashion and color, have you tried designing clothes?

    December 12, 2016 at 9:05 am Reply
    • Haley

      I would LOVE to design clothes – someday! For now, I’m going to keep working on my sketching and sewing skills… you have to start somewhere 😉
      xo, Haley

      December 12, 2016 at 9:13 am Reply
  • Fatima Zehra

    OMGOSH! I am loving the colour palettes so perfect for winter!

    December 12, 2016 at 9:14 am Reply
    • Haley

      Aren’t they GORGEOUS?! Somehow, the Bubblegum Pink tied the whole thing together! Thanks for reading, Fatima – I hope you have a bright & colorful winter!
      xo, Haley

      December 12, 2016 at 9:20 am Reply
  • Michelle

    Love this – a little obsessed with Flirty Compliments too!

    December 12, 2016 at 9:26 am Reply
    • Haley

      Right?! Pink and green might seem like spring colors, but they can definitely work for winter too! Thanks for commenting Michelle <3
      xo, Haley

      December 12, 2016 at 9:31 am Reply
  • april

    what a fun blog! I didn’t think I liked neutral (or what i would consider “bland, winter colors”) but they way you presented these– I LOVE them! The flirty compliments are FANTASTIC! Thank you for opening up my mind about new color combos!!!!

    December 13, 2016 at 7:44 am Reply
    • Haley

      Thank you April! Neutral colors definitely have a reputation for being “bland”, but really, they can be SO fun. I’m so glad you like the color combos – I hope they inspire you this winter 🙂
      xo, Haley

      December 13, 2016 at 8:24 am Reply
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