Deep Winter Color Palette

June 9, 2023

Winter is a season of beauty and elegance, and many people admire what the season brings. 

There's something magical about its snowy landscapes and cozy atmosphere. It can be somber and moody with a familiar sophistication that inspires people.

When it comes to color palettes, winter seasons offer a unique and rich range of deep shades that are excellent for adding both coziness and sophistication to your wardrobe, home, and graphic designs. Winter hues are phenomenal and have a lot to offer.

In this article, we'll look at some of the best deep winter color palettes and inspire you to incorporate these colors into fashion, home decor, and designs. 

We'll explore deep winter color dimensions and their relationship with other seasonal palettes.

If you're ready to enhance your creative projects with deep winter color palettes and incorporate them into your life, read on!

Deep Winter Color Dimensions

In seasonal color analysis, the hues refer to the undertones of colors or the origin of the more complex colors the audience can see. 

These are colors in their pure form - without any tint or shade. Hues vary from warmer yellows to cooler blues. 

Deep winter color palettes naturally use cooler tones with more blues than yellows to reflect this cold, moody season.


Value is the lightness or darkness of a color. To be more technical, it measures the luminosity of color while its hue is held constant.

Deep Winter has a darker tone, making it appear somber and sophisticated. However, this isn't a hard and fast rule. 

It can also incorporate light shades like white and icy pastels for contrast, but it places more emphasis on dim coloration.


Chroma refers to a color's purity, saturation, or intensity. This means that colors with higher chroma are more saturated with little to no gray.

Meanwhile, those with lesser chroma have a high percentage of gray. 

Winter palettes typically incorporate higher chromas (i.e., bolder, more saturated colors), and deep winter is no exception. Still, this season primarily uses darker tones.

Deep/Dark Winter Comparison

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The seasonal color analysis chart shows Deep or dark winter between true winter and dark autumn. 

Here's how its palette compares to these other seasons:

Deep Winter vs. True Winter

Deep winter and true winter are both winter color types, so they share many similarities, like having cooler hues. 

This represents the cold temperatures of the winter season. However, they also differ in many ways.

For instance, deep winter is characterized by strong and cool undertones. It incorporates highly contrasting colors and bold shades like sapphire blue. 

These colors have a high chroma, which provides a stark contrast against deep winter's primarily dark tones.

Meanwhile, true winter has a typically softer contrast compared to deep winter. 

It uses clear, cool, bright undertones like clear blues and purples. However, it may occasionally use darker neutrals like charcoal gray.

Deep Winter vs. Deep Autumn

Deep winter and deep autumn are also adjacent, and their color palettes use darker shades to reflect their depth. 

Still, they are different due to their undertones. Deep winter color palettes have cool and deep undertones with highly contrasting shades. 

As mentioned above, the colors are bold and have a high chroma. On the other hand, deep or dark autumn color palettes have softer contrasts and richer, warmer hues. 

They also have a medium chroma contrasting with deep winter's higher chroma. 

As sister palettes with True Winter, dark autumn also shares the darkness of dark winter. 

How to Spot Deep Winter Colors in Features 

So, how can you tell if deep winter color palettes would look flattering on a person? Here, we'll outline some prominent features of a person with a deep winter color type. 

Not all of them may apply, but if your overall appearance fits the description, you may be a deep/dark winter person.


The skin tones of a person with a deep winter color type have the broadest range of colors. 

The skin can be fair to deep, ranging from alabaster, limestone, and umber - generally light neutrals to neutral-cool. 

As such, both gold and silver jewelry may look flattering against their skin. It's always fun to explore which will fit this skin tone best. 

However, silver is highly recommended as it looks more natural. 

Stones with jewel tones that emphasize elegance and jewelry are also recommended for deep winter. 

These can include rubies, sapphires, emeralds, and amethysts. 


Deep winter eyes are dark—someone with dark brown or black eyes has this seasonal color type. 

Dark blue, dark hazel and dark olive eyes may also characterize this type. Typically, the borders around the irises are highly defined.

And as windows to one's soul,  it is crucial to take notice of the colors that will enhance these natural features.

For deep winter makeup, you can opt for edgy colors within the families of plum tones, dark purple, medium brown, and dark green.

 But if you want a more subtle color combination, that's perfectly fine, too! 

You can play with gray, taupe, and other neutral colors in this case. 


Like the eyes' dark features, deep winter hair is also dark. 

It can be neutral or slightly ashy and typically doesn't develop highlights when exposed to sunlight.

As a person's crowning glory, it's always fun to deviate from your natural look and play with dark hair colors. People with deep winter hair can use shiny raven, red-violet, burgundy, or black violet as highlights. 

If your hair is lighter, but you want it to also be in the deep winter season, be careful not to choose any warm and light colors. 

But if you insist, ensure your roots stay darker than the rest. 


Deep winters have highly contrasting features. Generally, there's a high contrast between their skin, hair, and eyes. 

There's also a bold distinction between the irises and the whites of their eyes.

This dark contrast can be achieved by combining all dark features or having dark hair and eyes paired with light skin. 

The Deep Winter Color Palette

Deep winter brings the feelings of a dark, moody winter season. 

It's reminiscent of the bold contrast between the dark trees, rocks, shadows, and bright snow. 

The season is dark, cold, and intense; the color palettes should reflect that.

Colors to Avoid

Deep winter colors are dark and calm, so avoiding light and warm shades is best. 

Warm and earthy tones like browns, oranges, and dull yellows may look off on a deep winter color palette. 

Similarly, warm pastels and desaturated hues may look unflattering.

Specifically, you might want to refrain from using the following colors:


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This light, almost transparent color is commonly found in fabrics like cotton and silk. 

With its nude and soft look, chiffon goes against the strong contrast of deep winter colors. 

Banana, Melon, Peach

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Similar to the name and the fruit they represent, these colors are too warm and bright to be included in a winter color palette. 

Their refreshing vibe is perfect for a summer and sunset color palette, though.

Taffy and Carnation

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With their fun, mid-tone pinks, taffy, and carnation are among the colors to avoid for a deep winter vibe. 

These colors are more suited in bedrooms, salons, and other places that provide calm and relaxation. 


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While dark purple is a welcome color in deep winter, the same is not the case for lavender. 

Due to its pale nature, this shade can be used for warm palettes in a cool season. This can convey purity, devotion, silence, and even serenity. 

Baby Blue, Powder Blue, Mint

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More often than not, baby blue, powder blue, and mint are used in weddings, room paints, and even baby showers. 

Depicting a clear sky with a misty forest, these cool colors are also more appropriate for icy tones in a summer color palette and must be avoided for deep winter shades. 


Deep winter color palettes can incorporate dark neutral colors like black, dark blues, and dark greens. 

Even an all-black look with bright accents may appear flattering on a person with deep winter features.

Although deep winter primarily uses dark shades, lighter neutrals can also work. These include light beige, true white, and grays.

Dark neutrals are more favorable if you prefer to keep this season's high contrast. This entails the use of navy, green, and brown. 

Contrary to this, light neutrals will help you attain balance among colors. In this case, explore shades of silver, scream, and gray tones. 

Best Dark Winter Colors and Combinations

Here are the best deep winter color combinations:

Whites - With a Splash of Black

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True black and true white are excellent colors for deep winter because they provide a strong contrast that can be flattering for people and other items with this color type. 

Meanwhile, dark neutrals are also excellent examples of the moody and sophisticated feeling that deep winter aims to convey.

Oranges - Black or Red Tint

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Orange should be sparingly used in a deep winter color palette as a color mainly associated with the warm season. 

It should be mixed with black and red tints to avoid yellow casts that can make the palette look unflattering. 

Under this palette, you would want to stick to the darker shades leaning toward red, like wine, brick red, and ruby. 

Purples - Dark Blue Tints

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If you want your deep winter color palette to be funkier, infusing royal purple with dark blue tints is always an excellent way to go. 

This will create a nighttime scene with intact basic colors but a more colorful look. You can even add an accent color like green and red.

Blues - Black Tints

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Dark blue shades are some of the best colors for deep winter color palettes. 

They are a staple for any dark winter wardrobe, with how easy it is to pair them with other dark colors.

Blues with black tints are also naturally cool and dark, which can bring feelings of depth and sophistication. They also bring a "chilly" aspect to the design or outfit.

Reds - Blue and Pink Hues

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Red is a neutral hue and can provide an exciting accent against the cooler, darker shades that deep winter color palettes often incorporate. 

Highly saturated reds are bold and striking, which can complete your look.

Greens - Black and Navy Tints

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Dark greens are reminiscent of evergreen trees in cold tundras. However, you must ensure that the cool tones have a bluish tint. 

Otherwise, the colors may fall into the deep autumn category and seem off.

Yellows - True Yellows and Dark Tints

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Although warm hues like yellows aren't ideal for deep winter color palettes, true yellow can still work with dark neutrals like black because of the high chroma and contrast.

Grays - Neutral with Black Tints

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Gray tones provide a versatile canvas that other deep winter colors can paint and enhance. 

As such, deep grays, incredibly dark and cool ones, are perfect for these palettes. 

FAQs about Deep Winter Color Palettes

Is there a seasonal relationship between deep winter and light summer?

Deep winter and light summer are polar opposites of each other. Deep winter has cool and dark shades, while light summer has warm and light ones.

Can deep winter wear rose gold?

Generally, deep winters tend to look best in cool-toned metals, such as silver, white gold, and platinum. Rose gold is warm and may not be the most flattering choice.

Is gray a usually deep winter eye color?

Gray can be a deep winter eye color if it has cool and dark undertones. Generally, there also has to be a clear distinction between the irises and the whites of the eyes.

Is dark winter the same as deep winter?

Dark winter and deep winters are interchangeable terms in seasonal color analysis.

What is the intense winter color palette?

The "intense winter" color palette is another term for the "deep winter" color palette. It incorporates cool and deep undertones and high contrasts.


The deep winter color combinations are beautiful and elegant, much like the season it represents. 

This color type uses cool, deep colors with bold contrasts to symbolize the moodiness and intensity of the winter seasons. 

Using the colors mentioned above, you can make your deep winter wardrobe, home decor, and graphic designs stand out and capture everyone's attention.

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