4 colour palettes inspired by Dublin

bull drawing by James Early on ipad screen

Do you know that feeling when you work on a creative project, and it just fills up your mind to a point where you don’t have any more space left? You are running in circles, you feel exhausted and without any spark of a new idea how to proceed.

Now that’s when I know I definitely need to take a break. And not just the usual one. Which is to go to the kitchen and brew a fresh cup of coffee. But a proper one.

Perks of a home based, online business that you can take a walk almost any time you feel you need it.

Being away from my desk and out in the fresh air always helps. After 5 minutes of walking I already feel the positive effects. I start looking at people passing by. I look at their faces, what they are wearing. I look up at the surrounding buildings and admire the architecture.

Sometimes I take my camera with me and grab a few photos. But as a backup my phone is always with me. So if I find something that catches my eyes and gets my creative energies flowing, I can capture it.

These 4 colour palettes were inspired by my walks and excursions in and around Dublin.

Feel free to use them as inspiration in your next project, whether you are


I’ve also included the HEX codes so you can add those into any designs you may be creating in Canva, Photoshop or Illustrator.

If you like what you see, don’t be shy and spread the word. And don’t forget to pin them to your boards.

The Stag’s Head is a traditional pub in Dublin’s city center. When I find myself on Dame Street it’s the highlight of my walk when I reach the pub’s advertisement mosaic on the pavement.


stags head colour palette


James Earley is a Dublin based artist, with a background in graffiti. His signature style references his family’s artistic heritage in stained glass. This magnificent mural from James decorates the entrance lobby of the Oxmanstown Lofts building.

“The design draws inspiration from the form of an Ox, as well as referencing the surrounding area (the Liffey) and the history behind the name Oxmanstown, which has Scandinavian roots.” – James Early


james early bull colour palette


Whenever the weather is kind enough we go to Portmarnock. The Velvet Strand is a lovely sandy beach that stretches all the way to Baldoyle and adjoins Malahide Beach. It has a stunning view of the Dublin Mountains and Howth Harbour.


portmarnock beach colour palette


I’m a huge fan of street art and murals. And luckily wherever you go in Dublin, you can bump into gorgeous street art pieces, like this one on Chancery Street:


unicorn colour palette


Let me know in the comments which one is your favorite!

Blog post featured image photo credit: MOYO studio (referral link)

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2 Responses

  1. I love these, Petra. I was immediately drawn to the bright, bold colours of James Earley’s design, even though I might never use them in a webdesign palette. 🙂 But then again, you never know. Thanks for the inspiration!

    1. That ox mural from James is stunning. He’s a very talented Irish artist. At the airport in Dublin you can see some of his murals, too. He was commissioned to paint the walls. So gorgeous!

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