September 30, 2010

Cool Tools: Online Color Palette Generators

If you're like me, you probably have links, folders, or even blogs devoted to images culled from design sites, Flickr, and your last vacation. Why not use these images as inspiration for your next FLOR carpet or room design? It's easy – and even a little addictive – with the help of online color palette generators. Just find or upload a photo and it instantly creates a palette based on the colors in the image. You can then use your new palette to choose carpet, paint, textiles, and more. Here are some good (and free!) tools:

  • Big Huge Labs – Using the Color Palette Generator, upload a photo or choose one from Flickr or Facebook to create a set of 15 color swatches.
  • Color Hunter – Upload a photo or enter an image URL to generate two palettes of five colors (vibrant and dull), or explore palettes made by other users.
  • COLOURlovers – This site's PHOTOCOPA tool is the most sophisticated of the bunch. Enter an image URL or search for a photo on Flickr to generate and customize six different palettes (bright, muted, analogous, chance, dark, light).
  • DeGraeve – The interface is rather simple, but if you want a quick way to generate two palettes (dull and vibrant) from an image URL, this is it.

It's worth playing around with more than one tool, as each one may create a slightly different palette(s). Have fun and let me know if there are any other good sites that I missed!

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