Coolors is a great place to start when creating a palette for your home. You enter the site, press the spacebar, and a palette is immediately generated for you. You might like a couple of the colours from the palette, but not others; the site gives you the ability to “lock-in” the colours you like, so that when you press spacebar again, it will generate a palette that includes the locked-in colours. You can manually adjust the colours in the palette as well, so if you already know at least one of the colours you want, you can input it, lock it in, and generate palettes that work with that colour. The website has additional features, including a monochromatic mode for those tone-on-tone wonders you might create, and it comes in an app for the iPhone; there’s a lot to love about this service.
Paletton is another colour scheme generating website; it’s functionality is a bit different from Coolors, but it still provides great results. On Paletton, the colour wheel is presented, and the user can choose monochromatic, adjacent, triadic or tetradic colour schemes. Once this is done, users can move the wheel around to create consistently cohesive colour palettes. On the palette the user has created on the right-hand side, they can switch which colour is the primary, view complementary tones and adjust hues and other values. It’s a bit less user-friendly than Coolors, but has a few powerful options, so it’s definitely worth a look.
Inspiration is another great way to find a perfect colour scheme; by now, many paint producers have begun to release their colours of the year for 2019, including pre-made palettes that are meant to tell a story. Home decor blogs like The Spruce and websites like HGTV are always creating inspiring content, so if you’re looking for fresh ideas to update your home’s look, online resources are a great way to start.
One thing to remember about decor blogs is that what’s new always seems best; the Internet is all about churning out new fads and trends. A great way of choosing a palette, and finding out whether it’s trendy or classic, is by consulting with painting companies. These players have been in the industry for years, so they’ve seen trends come and go, and they have an idea what’s made to last.