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Design Lover Reveals Striking Color Palettes of Beloved TV Shows, Films, and Music Videos

Color Palette in Movies

The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)

The importance of color can’t be overstated. In art, design, and film, it plays a vital role in fostering the mood of a composition or scene. Instagrammer Palette Maniac has a “love for colors” that defines the entirety of their account. Using screencaps from film, television shows, and music videos, they extract the prevailing color palettes and display them underneath the image. Sometimes, the result highlights the dramatic array of colors that a director employs, while in other instances, the scene is characterized by its distinct lack of chromatic range.

The Palette Maniac feed features a variety of media, so you’re not going to be familiar with every single color palette source. But scrolling through, you can at least infer the emotion of that particular scene. It yet again proves how color, as much as dialogue or music, can affect how we perceive something. A set of hues can also act as a signature—Wes Anderson is a great example. His cotton-candy and desaturated colors are an instantly recognizable facet of his work.

Palette Maniac acknowledges that “the idea is not original,” and follows in the footsteps of projects like Movies in Color. This doesn’t, however, diminish this homage to hues and those who masterfully employ it their work.

Instagrammer Palette Maniac reveals the striking color palettes of contemporary movies, television, and music videos.

Color Palette in Movies

“Sleep On The Floor” by The Lumineers

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“Primadonna” by Marina & The Diamonds

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“I Dare You” by The XX

Color Palettes in Pop Culture

“Sunday” by Hurts

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The Shining (1980)

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The Dreamers (2003)

Color Palette in Movies

The Darjeeling Limited (2007)

Color Palette in Movies

The Theory of Everything (2014)

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The Neon Demon (2016)

Color Palette in Movies

Lost in Translation (2003)

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“Signs of Life” by Arcade Fire

Color Palette in Movies

Game of Thrones

Color Palette in Movies

“Love” by Lana Del Rey

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“Perfect Places” by Lorde

Color Palette in Movies

“Is This What You Wanted” by The Last Shadow Puppets

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“Somebody to Die For” by Hurts

Color Palette in Movies

In The Mood For Love (2000)

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“Faded Heart” by BØRNS

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Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) (2014)

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Laurence Anyways (2012)

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