Changing the default GeneratePress and blocks colour palette

Colours are an interesting subject. I can tell if colours look good but I could never say why. I can also tell when colours don’t match but again, I couldn’t tell you why. That is why I use Adobe Color for all of my projects. With that tool you simply pick a base colour and it spits out analogous or complementary options.

Here’s the issue though: Whenever I start a new website using my favourite WordPress theme GeneratePress I’m continually copying and pasting colours from Adobe Color into the Customiser. I had to find a way to edit the default colour palette inside of GeneratePress. And luckily there’s an easy way to do just that. While I was at it I also wanted to change the colour palette of my WordPress blocks.

The default colour palette in GeneratePress
The default colour palette wasn’t to my liking


To set up your custom colour palette in GeneratePress there is one single requirement, you need to install the Code Snippets plugin by Code Snippets Pro. For this to work you don’t need any paid plugin. The free version will do just fine.

Code Snippets WordPress plugin

Configuring a colour palette for GeneratePress

This article in the GeneratePress docs explains it all. Copy that code and add a new snippet using the plugin you’ve just installed. Paste the code from the GeneratePress docs into your new snippet and give it a name so you can find it later. Here you can edit the eight hex colour codes to your liking. These six colours will later show up in the Customiser.

Adding a snippet to GeneratePress

Select the option to only run the snippet in the administration area, scroll down, and select Save Changes and Activate. Your defined colours will now be available!

Custom colour palette in GeneratePress

Custom colour palette for WordPress blocks

There’s one issue that won’t be fixed with the code above. WordPress blocks will not display the colour palette you’ve defined above in their settings. But there’s an easy fix for that too. Once again you’ll want to add a new snippet and paste the code found in this gist.

Changing the WordPress blocks colour palette

Here you can once again change the hex colour codes to your liking. To add more colours (in the gist there are only six predefined) simply append the following code:

            'name'  => __( 'White' ),
            'slug'  => 'white',
            'color' => '#ffffff',

If you now go into any block’s settings you will see the colours you’ve defined using the code above.

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