Field Notes

Instant Color Palettes

January 20, 2013 | In tech

In the midst of brushing my teeth, I realized I was staring at the color scheme of the web site I was working on. A bright green toothbrush, black and dark green toothbrush holder, black and silver soap dish, and white enamel. It was a coincidence - I was matching an existing design - but it gave me an idea for finding good color schemes quickly.

A color picker is daunting. Picking out three household objects that look good together is easy. If the right objects aren't on hand, my pantry and bookshelves are full of professionally designed products with tasteful color schemes. All I need do is snap a picture and extract the color values. Voilá!