Monday, August 6, 2012

Design Tips: New Paint Matching Tool

Have you ever wanted to match paint to a favorite photo or fabric? Need inspiration for color palettes or have an image that has just the right mood?

Sherwin Williams has a fun and highly effective tool for you to play with. Their "Chip It" application online will pull a color palette from a photo that you upload!

Oh sure, I thought, at first. This really sounds too good to be true. But it works! In just slightly longer than it took to upload a photo, the website had the colors! I've always been inspired by the colors of the landscape in Eastern Oregon, so I uploaded a photo I took a while back.

Here is my photo and the color chips they found for me! I love the "more colors/fewer colors" button. In the several photos I tested, the first column of colors is the most attractive and appropriate for building a room around.

With the Eastern Oregon scheme, wall paint could be the "Extra White" or "Blue Sky." With fabrics and accents in colors similar to the other three would be a beautiful, calming but warm room. If you needed more variety, check out the "More Colors option!

How fun is that?

The interface is extremely easy to use. You can save your color cards and link them or send them to your friends or Facebook.

The next step, if you're going to paint, is get the color chips from a Sherwin Williams store. I suggest grabbing the ones recommended through Chip It, but also some lighter shades and variations of the colors. On screen, that "Blue Sky" color looks light, but in your house it may turn gray or minty green, depending on the light!

I took a photo of a rug in my house to test. Imagine if I wanted a paint color that would coordinate. Look at all the options I have.

I think I'd start with the "White Truffle" in the lower left, maybe the brown on the right for a dramatic look. But I'd get the chips home first, using this palette as inspiration. Maybe I'd opt for a dark blue leather sofa rather than the expected brown or black.

Just remember, this tool matches colors to your photo, not the real thing. So, the suggested chip colors are just suggestions. If in doubt, go lighter, bring the chips home, pick the one that works the best, then test out in swatches on the wall before committing.

Until next time!
-Elaine Bothe

Photos courtesy Elaine Bothe. Chip images and graphics are courtesy of the Sherwin Williams website Chip It. 

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