Album covers from the 1990s inspired this collection of website colors. Graphically, the 90s had a ton of nuance and experimentation that resulted in some iconic images. In the days before streaming, these tones sold the songs before you even listened.
Website Colors Inspired by 90s Album Covers
I selected several iconic 90s album covers to create these website color palettes.
One in a Million by Aaliyah
This cover contrasts dramatic lighting with soft earth tones.
Sage green in light and dark brings a classic 90s tone into the present. Paired with a terra cotta brown elements and rich black text, the overall design is classic and current.
Post by Bjork
The boundary-busting Bjork used a color combination that is just as vibrant as her performances.
Mixing bright pink with vibrant orange results in a high-energy design. I like the way these tones work as accent elements against the bright mint background.
Tidal by Fiona Apple
Desaturated and pretty, these colors look straight out of yesterday’s makeup palette.
These soft blush and blue tones make quiet images stand out like viewing art at a gallery. Using a desaturated brown-black for the text makes for content that is pretty but, still readable.
Everything is Wrong by MOBY
These moody, high-contrast tones clash in the best way.
I chose a light, minty blue as the base color on the background. Against this, the orange and blue tones pop on interactive elements.
Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness by The Smashing Pumpkins
The renaissance-inspired tones marry rock and avant-garde.
I opted to use the plum tone as a base color. Touches of burgundy and gold make the interactive elements attractive without competing for attention.