I’m not a designer but as an artist, I enjoy playing with colour palettes and combinations. Sass comes with built-in functions that can be applied to your colour variables. It can be a lot of fun to tinker with when you don’t have a set outcome in mind and when I’m building something for fun, prevents me from getting hung up on choosing and manipulating colours.
Bonus: it’s an easy win to add a quick hover effect without hunting down a specific hexadecimal code.
This CodePen allows you to pop in a new hex code for the starting variable and takes care of the rest with examples of the HSL functions.