Cool tool to help pick colors

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We're currently going through the hell that is selecting colors for the kitchen and dining room. I'm the first one to admit that I don't have the interior designer's flair for picking paint colors. Hell, I'd rather go to the dentist than deal with picking colors.

It isn't that picking the main color is so bad, you just find one that you like and go with it. What sucks is trying to find the other colors that will go with it, for the trim and accents and such. There are lots of books that tell you how to do it, but they either give you a few simple examples, or they are loaded up with theory that doesn't really help those of us that are color challenged.

Many of the paint companies have even online tools to help pick colors, but all of them are lacking in one way or another. Most of them don't even tell you what your range of options are for the different schemes. You just get this specific color goes with that specific color. Even a color idiot like me knows that there is a lot more to it than that.

Then the other day I came across Color Wheel Pro and downloaded the trial version to play with. It isn't meant as a paint selecting tool, it is actually a tool for selecting colors for websites and computer programs. While my concern right now is with picking paint colors, I know there will be some change around this site after playing with Color Wheel Pro, as it makes actually picking the colors rather fun.

Those paint companies could really learn something from how this program works. I learned more about picking colors within 20 minutes of using this program, than I have in months of reading books and using the paint company tools.

What I love is the ability to select different color schemes, and being able to rotate the selector around the weel while watching an example change in real time. So far I'm loving the "Split Complementary" color scheme. At least for working with my websites, I really like the results.

If I was to request any future features, in addition to working with paint colors, I would like to see a feature added to limit the color selections to web-safe or web-smart colors. While it certainly is not a requirement anymore, it sure doesn't hurt to limit the major features on websites to the web-smart palette.

Hmmm, I wonder how hard it would be to put a photograph of our kitchen into flash so that Color Wheel Pro can use it as one of its examples......