What do painter John Constable, Anglo-Saxon king Raedwald, composer Benjamin Britten and miles and miles of glorious coastline have in common?

They all hail from wonderful Suffolk, the latest county to have its very own Colour Palette.

It’s been an absolute delight creating The Suffolk Colour Palette, working with Suffolk Archives and Suffolk County Council for the final design.

The Suffolk Colour Palette on The Hold building, Ipswich

The Suffolk Colour Palette on The Hold building, Ipswich

The Suffolk Colour Palette mugs, prints and tea towels on sale at The Hold, Ipswich

The Suffolk Colour Palette features six colourful swatches celebrating all that’s great about the county; famous for its lovely coastal resorts, cultural figures and delightful views (described as God’s Own County by a good friend!).

All the local references on The Suffolk Colour Palette come from suggestions made by residents of the county through social media call-outs and local engagement (thanks so much for taking part!) generated by Suffolk Archives.

The Suffolk Colour Palette features large-format on the front of The Hold in Ipswich – home to the Archives.

The Hold building features six slim vertical floor-to-ceiling windows at the front – just perfect for a splash of Colour Palette art!

And not only does it look great in The Hold windows, it looks just as eye-catching as a tea towel... even the mythical Raedwald himself managed to get his hands on one to take back to Sutton Hoo!

Anglo Saxon King Raedwald with a Suffolk Colour Palette tea towel


The Suffolk Colour Palette was unveiled on Suffolk Day (June 21) when the county celebrated its rich history with events large and small in towns, cities and on the Suffolk coast.

The Colour Palette is available as prints to frame, greetings cards, mugs and tea towels from the gift store at The Hold.

Raedwald picture courtesy Sutton Hoo National Trust. All other images by Stacey Barnfield


The Suffolk Colour Palette:

Constable Hay: For Suffolk-born master John Constable RA and his famous landscapes.
Beach Hut Pastel: For the sun-kissed colours of our coastal towns.
Coast Sunrise: For Blue Flag beaches and first light sunrise.
Rædwald Gold: For an Anglo-Saxon King and the precious Sutton Hoo helmet.
Britten Red: For The Red House – composer Benjamin Britten’s beautiful home and gardens.
Punch Chesnut: For the Suffolk Punch horse and its distinctive ginger brown colour. Always chesnut, never chestnut!
The Suffolk Colour Palette