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