Sourcing Color Palettes From Photos

Since I began working at Spruce, I have seen my fair share of people who are super excited about redecorating their homes but are absolutely overwhelmed by all the options available to them! What pattern is the right pattern? I like all the colors; how do I commit to one? Does blue match with purple? The options for what we put in our spaces are limitless and sometimes creates some anxiety when it comes down to making a decision.

I am going to share with you one of my quick tricks for finding a color palette I like, and then I’ll put together some fun fabric combinations inspired by that palette from the selection at Spruce! Step one is choosing a source of inspiration. In this instance, I head to everyone’s favorite inspiration website, PINTEREST! Woohoo! I have chosen this cute little film still that I pinned awhile back from Breakfast at Tiffany’s.

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This is a super fun and chic party scene full of gorgeous colors, and I love the mood it evokes. After picking a photo, I use an online palette generator to pull the most prominent colors from my inspiration image, such as  It reduces your image to the five most prominent colors, and you are set to go! If you are super savvy, you could also use your paint selector tool in Photoshop to grab a palette of colors. I have chosen the easier route. After cutting and pasting the photo’s URL into the generator, the good programmers at show me that the most prominent colors in my inspiration image are…

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They are even so generous as to give you two palettes, one vibrant, one dull, kind of like a major and minor scale if you ever have played an instrument. Perfect! Now, armed with our beautiful color palettes, we can pull fabric swatches that coordinate well and will give our own space this same swanky vibe! In this particular collection of color, I prefer the vibrant palette. Here are the beautiful fabrics I’ve found at Spruce that fit my palette! 2014-08-21 16.13.43

I’ve combined Clarke & Clarke‘s Cesare in Walnut;  Manuel CanovasRonda in Argent, Romo‘s Elina in Rocoto, Beacon Hill‘s Provocation in Magenta, Romo Black Edition‘s Goldwyn in Anthracite and Doeskin, and Manuel Canovas’ Maroquin in Magnolia (from right to left, top to bottom). I love the way the intense colors in this collection evoke the same vibrancy of our source of inspiration. The silks, chenilles and brocades all add a sense of luxury. I’ve stayed mostly true to my original palette and added some richer colors in the warmer end of the scale to liven things up! If you like what you see, we hope to see you in Spruce — armed with your favorite inspiration palettes!