This site provides you with a fun and interesting way to design a color scheme. You are presented with a color wheel, a preview pane, a light preview, a dark preview, and even the tools to fine tune your design to perfection.
Start by selecting your main color, this will give you a great starting point. I’m feeling like purple today, so that’s what I picked. Above the color wheel you will find the first step of fine-tuning your color scheme.
You will see you have six options: mono, complement, triad, tetrad, analogic, and accented analogic. These options will add more colors into the scheme based on what you’ve selected. If you want to design around on color stick with mono, if you want to be more adventurous try all the options till you get a combo you want. Once you’ve selected which of these six options you want, you can get even more precise by clicking the circles on the color wheel and rotating them into the exact shade of the color you want.
Now if you look over at the preview pane, you’ll get an abstract view of what the scheme will look like. To see how it would work on a web page (just one of many great uses for the site) you can click the dark or light preview. This will bring the colors up on an example page. You can click within the page to change the colors in the design around until you get them where you want them. I love this preview option because I am a very visual person. I need to see it so that I can be certain that it is what I want.
Like the color scheme you’ve come up with but you want to change it just a little? Then you need to click Adjust Scheme beneath the color wheel. In the Adjust Scheme tab you’ll be able to change the degree of contrast, and the brightness of the colors. My favorite option there is the Adjust Variants option. You can brighten up or darken the complementary colors in your scheme. It is fantastic!
The next tab under the color wheel is Color List. This will give you the html code you need to reproduce the colors on a web page. You can also use the export option at the top of the page to export the colors in different formats for application on the web.
This is an awesome tool for web design, but can easily translate into a way to develop color schemes for decorating, painting, and more!