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Sample Color Palettes for Every Birth Month

written by: Amber Neely•edited by: Wendy Finn•updated: 4/19/2012

Have you ever wondered what colors define your birth month or needed monthly palettes for birthday cards or scrapbooks? While there are no concrete color choices dedicated to each calendar month, I've managed to create some unique color schemes for all of your desktop publishing projects.

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    While there are no defined birth month color palettes, that doesn't mean that we can't take the traditional birthstones and turn them into fantastic palettes. These palettes can be used to design all kinds of projects, from scrapbooks to birthday cards, party favors and much, much more! Included are the basic birth-month colors, as well as an example of how the color can be used to design an eye-pleasing color scheme.

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    January

    Garnet January's birthstone is garnet, so it's fitting that crimson is the main focus of this palette. This wine-red color is bold and striking and pairs well with other jewel-tones such as forest greens and royal blues, as well as creams and off-whites.

    January 

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    February

    Amethyst Beautiful light purples make up this color scheme, taking after February's birthstone: Amethyst. These playful purples pair perfectly with butter-cream yellows, soft golds and pale greens. However, this scheme doesn't play particularly well alongside bolder, brighter colors.

    February 

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    March

    Aquamarine Aquamarine's energizing bright blue color sets the stage for March's color palette. These colors are reminiscent of a clear blue sky and they play perfectly with bright yellows and rich chocolate browns.

    March 

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    April

    Diamond and Sweet Pea Because April's birthstone is a diamond, and therefore ideally colorless, I've designed a monochromatic black-and-white color scheme, as well as a lively pink and purple color scheme based off of April's flower, the sweet pea. Monochromatic color schemes look striking on their own, while these playful pink and purples work well with spring greens and yellows.

    April - Monchromatic 

    April - Sweet Pea 

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    May

    Emerald Rich deep greens are the color scheme for May, based on the fact that its birthstone is the emerald. These beautiful dark jewel tones play well with other jewel tones like deep purples, reds, and muted golds, as well as with creams and off-whites!

    May 

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    June

    Pearl June's birthstone is the ever-elegant pearl, so it's only naturally fitting that its palette consists of creams and off-whites. This timeless palette combines easily with most deep rich colors, pastels, and earthtones.

    June 

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    July

    Ruby Bold, dark magentas are at the helm of July's birth month, taking after it's birthstone, the ruby. These passionate colors look beautiful against creams and off-whites as well as pale greens.

    July 

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    August

    Peridot Peridot is a pale green stone that inspired this color palette for August. This playful green plays well with other pale colors such as pale yellow, as well as bold reds, creams, and earthtones.

    August 

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    September

    Sapphire September's birthstone is the sapphire, so a rich royal blue color scheme fits this month perfectly! These deep blues stand out beautifully against creams, but also play very well with golds.

    September 

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    October

    Opal October's birthstone is opal, an iridescent stone that reflects many colors when held up to the light. For that reason, this palette was designed with pale pastel colors in mind, reminiscent of the glittering surface of opal.

    October 

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    November

    Topaz Topaz is November's birthstone; most often depicted as a yellow or golden stone, though it can be blue, green, and even pink. However, this beautiful golden-yellow palette keeps with the traditional yellow topaz. These colors pair well with other harvest colors, such as muted reds, bold oranges, and earthy browns.

    November 

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    December

    Turquoise December's birthstone is the unique turquoise, so it's only fitting that the color scheme be designed to match. Turquoise is a superb choice to base a December birth month color palette on, and it plays perfectly with deep, earthy browns, and bold, terracotta and rusty oranges.

    December 

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    Resources

    References: Author's personal experience in graphics design

    Image Credit:

    All color schemes were designed by Amber Neely.