Cool Tools: Colr Pickr

Where do you find color inspiration? One of my favorite, endless sources of inspiration is Flickr, along with useful search tools created by independent developers. Among these is Jim Bumgardner's Colr Pickr. Move the slider, pick a color, and voilà – a collection of images drawn from the photo sharing site! 

The resulting images are modest in number, but they include any photos uploaded to Flickr, not just Creative Commons ones like most other color search tools. Clicking on each thumbnail takes you to the Flickr page.

In addition to the general color search, there are specialized Colr Pickrs, such as Flowers, Macro, Textures, and Urban Decay. Pictured above are the results of a Doors and Windows search, which could be especially fun to play with if you're thinking of doing some house painting!

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It’s a Color-Filled World

Sometimes I like to write long, inspired posts that dissect the meaning of life and decor’s role in our daily routines. Yet other times? Other times I just want to look at something pretty. And today, my friends, on a cloudy Midwestern afternoon, is one of those days.

Let’s inject some color into our world, yes? Come along!

[Images: Polli, Garden House Decor, The Cake Inspirer, See Jane Work, Huset, Billet]

Whether infused in your kitchen, office or living space, color is an easy way to breathe life into a space (especially when preparing for the winter doldrums!). And to ensure the look is lively and not overwhelming, obey just a few simple color rules:

1. Stick to a complementary palette. Sure, it’s fine to mix oranges, pinks and yellows, but try and use three color families or less in each room. After all, no one likes a room that looks like a Skittles factory.
2. Play with pattern. Solids are fun, but patterns have a way of making any room look ten times cooler. For a look that looks authentic and not overly “styled,” feel free to mix up patterns, textures and shades of color.
3. Have fun! Choose hues that make you happy and ditch the current color trends. Because hey, it’s your home, not ours.

Happy coloring!

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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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