Color Inspiration from the Masters of Painting

da Vinci, Picasso, Dali, Monet, van Gogh. what do these five artists have in common? Judicious use of color for one thing. Something I’ve seen often overlooked in a number of church and charity websites – more than one whom seem to think gold lamé and velvet red are the palette of the day.

Fortunately for those color impaired webmasters who’d rather their website’s schema NOT look like it came off the studio set of the Trinity Broadcast Network there is and their collectin of ‘Color Inspiration from the Masters of Painting.’

For those unaware of this excellent website, COLOURLovers provides, among many things, community contributed color palettes drawn from the great masters of art – in a format that you can immediately employ in the design of your church and/or charity’s website.

Below is an example of how one contributor rendered a palette inspired by the Dutch master Johannes Vermeer‘s ‘Christ in the House of Martha and Mary:’
Vermeer inspired color schema
What you’re supposed to glean from my lime green connectors is how the suggested palette derives its colors based upon the 5 dominant color features of this work of art.

Why is this important to you? Well aside from being an excellent and even entertaining tutorial in color selection – the examples on this website can also help you set the tone and personality of our website, at least in terms of color, from a work of the great masters.

One example that comes to mind is perhaps using the color palette from Edvard Munch ‘The Scream’ for one’s youth website?

a 'youthful' color scheme courtesyof Edvard Munch and ColourLover
Yeah, okay, maybe not, but you get the idea – and if you don’t, then why not then check out some of the color bar renderings from other masters such as Botticelli, Matisse, Warhol, Renoir, Munch, Magritte and Pollock offered by

If nothing else, a visit to this site might prevent the coloring of a certain church website along the schema found in roadside rendering of ‘Velvet Elvis‘ or ‘Dogs Playing Poker.’