Microsoft Office applications contain a shared library of over 20 alternative color palettes. PowerPoint, Word, and Excel share this same library of color schemes. However, I often find it difficult to find a good combination of colors for my PowerPoint projects within this built-in color library. More likely the colors in these palettes are not the ones we are going to use when creating branded presentations and documents. 

Most of these built-in color swatches are dull, unexciting and outdated looking.

The good news is you can customize PowerPoint, Word, and Excel theme colors. Custom color palettes are especially useful when you have to use a non-predefined color scheme very often, such as the corporate colors of the company. You can develop a custom color palette to match your organization’s color scheme or to convey an idea or elicit a mood.

The bad news is unless you’re a professional designer, it takes hours and tremendous effort to find a color combination that works.

That’s why I have created a downloadable library of 150 modern color schemes for PowerPoint and other Office applications. After downloading the package, just follow the simple installation instructions provided in the User Guide file. Thereafter you will always have these beautiful color combinations in your preferred office application.

Custom color palettes for PowerPoint Word & Excel - Modern color swatches
150 Custom color palettes for Microsoft PowerPoint, Word & Excel

These color combinations are inspired from Abode color library and Coolors. Special thanks are given to those who had published these fantastic color combos.

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Sampath Sri Warnakula

About the author: Sampath is the Founder of Slidehelper.com, a business presentations design agency that helps businesses and education professionals to communicate effectively using engaging presentations. He considers himself a lifelong learner that strives to advocate for creativity in slide communications.


  1. Hi, i’ve already pasted all the XML files into the theme color folder but these color palate still not appeared in my Excel and Power Point. I use macOX mojave..

  2. This is great. Question: you provide custom color palettes but only show 5 colors in each palette when, creating a theme color requires six accent colors. Can you advise?

    1. Thank you, Kathleen.

      Accent 6 is available with each color palette. Please check once you have installed the color themes. Cheers!

  3. Sampath ! Thank you so so so much.
    I’ve quite a bad eye do match colors, and your selections (also the ones you took palettes from) are wonderful !
    So much work for the xml ! Well done, good job, and THANK YOU !

  4. Hello Sampath,

    thank you a lot.
    I was download (150 modern color schemes) from your website

    but I would like to ask:
    Can I use these colors for a commercial use?

    Best Regards,

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