Where do you turn when you’re looking for a refreshing new color palette for a room or a home remodel? Do you flip through magazines or head to your local paint store for color chips? Maybe you visit Pinterest or your favorite design blog. These methods are all wonderful for inspiration, but sometimes you may feel like you need more than just pretty pictures and paint chips. You need tools that can actually help you identify the right color and create the right color palette for your space.
Here are some of the best color apps and online color scheme generators we have found.
ColourLovers is a vast site and creative online community where people from around the world create and share colors, palettes and patterns, discuss the latest trends and explore colorful articles. Explore existing color schemes or develop your own palette under the “Tools” section of the site. The site is free to use, but you can purchase fabric and prints made from the palettes and patterns you create.
Pantone, the provider of global color systems, has come up with its very own app, myPANTONE. Capture and extract colors from pictures of your current space or inspiration and snap to the closest Pantone color. Access over 13,000 colors and cross-reference Pantone color libraries, and compare with Pantone Fashion + Home, and numerous Pantone color guides. Easily create color palettes and share by email with friends, clients and vendors. This iPhone app is ideal for those who have specific needs for matching and coordinating Pantone libraries and is great for fashion and graphic design, in addition to interior design and decorating. Compatible with iPad and iPhone and iPod Touch, myPANTONE is available at the ITunes App Store. for $9.99
This simple (and free!) digital app from Benjamin Moore is a great tool for capturing color palettes you love while on the fly. You never know when or where you’ll find color inspiration – use the Color Capture app to snap a picture of anything that catches your eye and instantly find its color scheme match from a collection of more than 3,500 paint colors. Color Capture is compatible with IOS devices and Android and is available at the iTunes App Store.
The Color 911® app for iPad and iPhone and iPod Touch helps you create your own colors, select colors from inspiring themes by color expert Amy Wax (or from photos), combine colors to create your own palettes, organize colors into folders and share with designers, clients, friends or family. The app has more than 50 downloadable color themes, each with 42 different colors that work together. You can create your own color on the color wheel, select colors from the Internet or choose colors from your photo library –the choice of colors is endless. You can easily edit colors to adjust hue, saturation or brightness, as well as create a personal palette library and organize palettes in multiple folders with or without your notes. While Color 911 is an excellent interior design and decorating tool, it’s also perfect for fashion design, wardrobe selection, graphic and web design, and commercial and fine art. This app is compatible with IOS and is available for $4.99 at the ITunes App Store.
House Beautiful’s 500+ Favorite Paint Colors
Specifically for the iPad, the 500+ Favorite Paint Colors app is a comprehensive tool that gives information on 669 paint colors from the top quality paint manufacturers. You can choose a color to learn what other designers have done with it in the past to spark ideas and help you think more creatively. You can even fill the whole iPad screen for a giant color swatch—great for holding up against the wall to see what colors complement your choice and figuring which colors work in which rooms under different lighting conditions. Use the app’s “Color River” to browse paint colors, and sort by any combination of colors, spaces or moods. Compare up to four colors at a time and save them to your paint box. This app for iPad only is $4.99 at the iTunes App Store.
Chip It is a free online gadget created by Sherwin-Williams that allows you to build a palette from any photo that you upload or find online. When you find an image of colors you love, just use the “chip it” button in your browser to create an instant palette that pulls from over 1500 Sherwin Williams paint colors – but you don’t have to be bound by their paint to enjoy playing with this fun color tool.
This free online color palette generator is not connected to a paint brand. Just upload an image to CSS Drive to generate a color palette based on the image’s primary colors. This tool is useful for quickly grabbing colors within an image for inspiration. Though developed for website designers, there is no reason you couldn’t use this nifty tool to develop an interior design color scheme.
Look for more on the quest for the right color in all our Crossville Color Talk posts, and be sure to check out our Pinterest boards to find inspirational, color Pinboards and ideas for great design.
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Crossville is dedicated to being at the forefront of color trends in order to infuse them into our product development to bring you the latest styles in addition superior quality wrought from cutting-edge technologies. As we strive to be on-trend and fashion forward, we also understand that trend alone is not the driving force in color selection. To that end, we ensure the colors we select for our products are appropriate to each and every tile design, as well as the times.