Thursday, October 9, 2008

Cool Tool: Color of Inspiration

Awhile back, I blogged a color-palette generator that let you upload a photo, which it then scanned before spitting out a collection of colors used to make up the image.

It was a nifty little tool for translating rooms that appealed or even a piece of art you were inspired by into a set of colors with which you could then use for decorating projects of your own. But it had one major drawback: The colors the tool spat out were web-based color codes that you then had to match at the paint store -- and not actual paint hues.

Now there's an online tool from paint manufacturer Sherwin-Williams that does essentially the same thing, with one significant improvement: The end result is a palette of specific paint colors.

The Color of Inspiration site is simple and fun to use: Just upload a photo, click on the color in the photo you're trying to match, and let the tool do its work. Within a few seconds, you'll have your paint color -- including the name and number -- as well as two coordinating shades. (My only complaint is that you can match only one color at a time. It would be great if you could select, say, two or three areas in the photo and get those colors all at once. But it's a small quibble.) When you're done, print the page and take it with you to the paint store.

Of course, Sherwin-Williams is hoping you'll go straight to the Sherwin-Williams paint store, but any good paint shop can match shades from other companies.

Give it a spin and let me know what you think.


beachbungalow8 said...

great resource. i'm off to try it.

MizSmoochieLips said...

Oh my gaw-gaw! That's awesome! Now if they'd only invent something that actually paints the room the second I click the "enter" key! heh heh

PJ said...

Thank you so much for posting this! I've been having the hardest time picking out colors for my new house, but this should help a lot.

Katie said...

How awesome! I will definitely be using this.


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