When it comes to interior design, computers are wonderful things, and not just for decorators. The plethora of information online provides home dwellers many wonderful ways to explore inspirational interior photos, develop interior color schemes, and even design rooms online.
Below are some of the best online color scheme generators and sites that feature interior color schemes that we’ve run across. I’ve played around extensively with most of these and listed additional information on each one, but it may take a few tries before you find the ones that you prefer.
Be forewarned: If you love to decorate as much as me, you can spend hours playing with these fun, online color scheme generators and exploring all of these color scheme ideas. You may want to grab a pot of coffee before you begin…Color Generators
These programs allow you pick from a color wheel and/or put in an image or photo to develop your own color schemes. Some of these programs were developed to help website designers, but there’s no reason you couldn’t use one to develop an interior color scheme.
This fun gadget was created by Sherwin-Williams and will allow you to build a palette for any photo - online or on your hard drive. The color palette pulled from the photo you select also lists the coordinating Sherwin-Williams paint color, but you don't have to be bound by their paint to enjoy playing with this fun tool.
This user-friendly site is powered by Glidden paints. It has a photo upload tool and a simple color quiz where My Colortopia will suggest a palette based upon your personality.
Color Scheme Designer
To develop a color scheme on this site, simply spin the color wheel. This site was developed to aid web designers, but I love how it lets you choose a one-color palette, plus will align complementary color combinations with a click of a button.
DeGraeve Color Palette Generator
This color scheme generator will pull a color scheme from any photo on the web, if you can get it to work. (Some URLs wouldn’t work for me.) Simply enter the photo’s URL and hope for the best. You can also explore their premade palettes at Color Hunter.
I liked DeGraeve best for online photos, but if you want to generate a color scheme from a personal photo, you can upload it at CSS Drive. CSS Drive will quickly develop a vast color scheme from your photo, including a light, medium and dark color scheme. Great for when you want to match your room’s color scheme with a piece of art or fabric.
Pictaculous works like CSS Drive in that you can upload a photo and it will generate a color scheme for you. Based upon the photo, Pictaculous will also suggest alternative color scheme ideas from ColourLovers.
ColourLovers is a vast site where you can create color palettes as well as patterns, explore color and learn about color trends. Explore existing color schemes or develop your own under the “Tools” section of the site. You can even order your own creations in their store.
Interior Paint Color Schemes
- Better Homes & Gardens Colorfinder
- Benjamin Moore’s Personal Color Viewer
- Valspar Paint’s Virtual Painter
- Glidden Color Visualizer
- Behr Colorsmart
- Sherwin Williams Paint Color Visualizer
- Design Seeds
- Photo Card Boutique
- Martha Stewart Palettes
- Taylor Mason Creative
These tools were developed so you could play with paint colors and visualize what a color scheme may look like in your room. Depending upon your browser, some may work a little better than others. Have fun playing!
Premade Color Schemes
These sites are constantly coming up with fabulous, premade color schemes that you could use for just about anything. If nothing else, the inspiration you’ll find among these webpages is definitely worth a visit.