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Color Generators & Online Help for Interior Color Schemes

Pick Your Perfect Colors With These Online Tools


Color Generators & Online Help for Interior Color Schemes
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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.

Chip It
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.

My Colortopia
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.

CSS Drive
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.

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