Like most of you, my computer is chock-a-block with files of favorite images that I've culled from various websites. I turn to them whenever I need to be creatively galvanized, when I want to be reminded of the design elements I love or when I'm just craving a jolt of style. When it comes to colors, though, it can be a bit tricky to pull a specific shade or hue off the screen and onto a curtain, couch, wall or pillow.
That's because yesterday I stumbled upon www.colorhunter.com. Just upload an image onto their website and they instantly analyze it and break it down into its five most recognizable color components.
Warning: Extreme caution must be used with this application if you are a design junkie. Addiction may rapidly occur and result in severe sleep loss, hunger, dehydration and cranky spouses.
Here are some color palettes I created when I should have been eating/sleeping/lavishing attention on my family.
("Farm at Watendlath", Dora Carrington, 1921)
(Illustration of Jackie Kennedy in Jaipur by Jacqueline Duheme)
(A tartan-clad, red-tressed Linda Evangelista )
(Ruthie Sommers home, courtesy of the late Domino)