Developer: Land Of Giants Media
Price: $1.99 Download on the App Store
For those who are design and style-conscious, but may have difficulty with the rules of color, Palette.able gives iPhone users color compatibility guidance at your fingertips. More than just a color wheel, Palette.able is a color compatibility app that allows users to select and compare two colors at a time, breaking down their compatibility into percentages. If you frequently find yourself wondering whether two colors match, have difficulty choosing a tie or wardrobe accessories, or are big on DIY decorating, then Palette.able may be perfect for you.
With Palette.able users can select colors from the in-app color wheel, or use photos taken with the iPhone camera. With an interface and appearance similar to functions in Photo Shop, using photos with Palette.able implements a selection tool allowing users to choose the area of a photo containing the desired color to use. There is a custom color tool available that also allows user to adjust a selected color by lightening or darkening the color, as well as reducing or increasing the amount of red to help ensure a more accurate reproduction.
Palette.able was designed to work based on a formula for how we perceive colors. Presumably, some people perceive colors differently than others and so understanding color compatibility is useful knowledge in order for fashion and interior decorating to be pleasing to the eye. While I can’t attest to the accurate implementation of any complex formula, Palette.able obviously sticks to the basic color wheel rules of color compatibility.
Once you have selected two colors for comparison, Palette.able calculates how well the two colors go together on a percentage scale with 100% being completely compatible and 0% being not compatible at all. Obviously, it doesn’t take personal preferences or the desire to be bold and break the rules into account, but it will tell you why two colors do or do not go well together, giving users a very basic crash course in color compatibility. I was disheartened to discover that my buttercream yellow and mocha brown bathroom is only 32% compatible from a color scheme standpoint, but I’m not offended.
The use of Palette.able is limited to only two color comparisons at a time, but it does store the ten most recently compared colors, making it easy enough to compare two compatible colors with a third. The reproduction of colors from photos doesn’t seem immensely accurate to me, but is still accurate enough to render a decision on compatibility. Regardless, it’s easy to see where Palette.able could come in handy for selecting paint, tile, and fabric colors when redecorating a room. Those with an advanced sense of design and color may not find as much value, but for the average person looking for guidance with color selection, Palette.able might be a worthwhile tool.