If the photo of the item that you want matched is already online, it's super easy. If not, just scan it in and post it online yourself. Your blog account would work great for this. You just drag their program into your toolbar and it's at the ready whenever you feel inspired. So when you're tooling around online and see a glorious color, you just click twice and hello, color swatches.
Take for instance, this beautiful photo from Homes and Antiques magazine online:
I clicked Chip It on my toolbar and two more clicks later, their program told me which colors from the over 1500 colors in the Sherwin Williams line of paint would be the closest to what's in this scene:
If I had been trying to do this by holding up paint swatches to the computer monitor...oh, what a nightmare! It literally takes less than sixty seconds to see the color swatches.
I think that it did a pretty great job. It's interesting that it even tries to match the tiniest little bits of colors in a photo. Sure, if you have the fabric on hand, any paint store can match it with their color matching service. If you don't though and just see a color online that appeals to you, I think this program could be aces.
Super cool, huh? It was so quick and easy that I've already done a dozen of them in the past ten minutes just for kicks. Click here to see a quick tutorial : Sherwin Williams Chip It. Then you can grab the program for free and put it in your toolbar. Easy Peasy. Done.
So, if you've ever wanted to match that pastel cabinet color in an ad from a 1956 issue of Better Homes and Gardens - or the beautiful shade of mint green in that old photo of your grandmother's living room, you just might come pretty close!
Until next time,
x's and o's,