what’s that color?

what's that color?


One of the cool things about Design Seeds is that folks use Seeds color inspiration for a *variety* of projects  including design, fashion, wedding planning, crafts, and home decor. the challenge for many is being able to match Design Seeds to their preferred medium. i create Seeds by individually mixing each color. because i create them digitally, i have made the HEX codes available for those interested.


to find out the HEX code … simply mouseover the color swatch you like in “see Similar Colors,” and the HEX reference will appear. you can then work in your preferred program with the HEX code, or convert it with an online converter such as WorkingWithColor.com.




WHEN IT COMES TO MATCHING DESIGN SEEDS TO PAINT COLORS, fabrics, yarns, beads, and more … I ENCOURAGE PEOPLE TO MATCH THE DESIRED SEEDS color TO THEIR PREFERRED BRAND “BY EYE.” TAKE YOUR SMART PHONE TO THE STORE to COMPARE THEM. if you have a printer that is decently calibrated for color, take a print out. if you are looking for a paint match, i suggest you also bring paint swatches home with you and view them in your home lighting and compare them to Design Seeds on your computer.


the Design Seeds Color Almanac (available as a PDF or ebook) also includes HEX codes for all colors in the book.


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    thanks for the explanation and fabulous links…now, besides admiring the lovely colors from your design seeds I can know the name!!

  • jessica

    thank you Alexandra! … & my pleasure :)

  • Donna Frasca

    Very helpful information!

  • jessica

    thank you Donna!

  • Mitzi

    Thank you! very cool. Now I just wish I could match the design seeds colors to my Kona cotton color swatches!

  • jessica

    thank you Mitzi

    thanks Jackie :) … happy new year!

  • Linda Dunn

    Now I just need to know how to mix these beauties with MX Dyes.

    thank you for posting such beautiful colorways.

  • Scott

    Awesome site!! I must be missing something…I am not seeing the hex codes when I hover over?

  • Sophia

    I am having problem understanding how to do it…

  • jessica

    hi Scott…be sure to do it as shown in the directions…HEX codes only appear when you hover over the swatches in column under “see similar colors”

  • Marina

    Jessica, I am your fan.
    I am an interior designer.
    I live in Moscow.

    I admire your creativity! Thank you!

    I really liked your site! This is a great job!
    I would like to appeal to developers, what would I have done site.
    Because they are professionals.

    If you do not mind.
    Can you ask the co-ordinates?

    Sincerely, Marina Konenkova.

    but if not, then not

  • Lisa

    I have converted the hex number to rgb and gone to 3 paint stores that have told me they cannot use the rgb numbers to make the colors. Am I missing something?

  • jessica

    ughh…many apologies for not updating sooner Lisa. please see the update on the post for details on how to get the RGB into a format your local technician can use. i apologize i have not updated the post sooner. i am in the throws of working through this very challenge…and easier solutions are on the horizon.

  • marsha

    i found ‘you’ through Houzz.
    I just had all the rooms of our (new/renovation)) house painted.
    my eye easily distinguishes tones and hues, which can be a problem to make decisions between colors, also because we have almost no furniture,
    (sold all except a leather sofa (muddy gold) a
    cherry wood bed and side tables, and a new dining room table ((Benchwright, raw natural pine finish, with Aaron chairs and a bench. The color in the kitchen/dining room/family room is Benjamin Moore: Malton with Cotton balls white trim throughout the /family room is Took me FOREVER to decide on room colors, without having any
    furniture or lighting fixtures, or a clue as to
    what color palette to use. (Nothing to pull from)
    I selected all Ben Moore Paints, Master BR is Pine
    Forest, Media Room is AF-555 Montpelier (med. dark blue with grey undertone).
    Billiard Room is Wedgwood Gray (a subtle
    grey blue) Media and Billiard Rooms are both
    off the front hall. Floors are “Golden Oak”
    which looks more medium golden brown because
    of the darkening of wood grain that is picked
    up by the stain. Oh, I have an 8×10
    sisal rug with a tan cloth border under the
    dining table.
    Whew! Where do I begin to make/choose design
    seeds? I SEE the values in the rooms you
    show, there is a beautiful harmony and balance
    in them. Both color and music have common
    denominators. That’s what I want to co-create.
    Is there a website I sign up (Payment?) for
    design seeds? Kindly let me know.

  • Cameo Jo

    I just now stumbled onto your blog. This is the BEST ever! I’ve learned so much in just 5 minutes of browsing. Looking forward to many visits with you. Thanks to all for sharing your love of color.

  • Jen

    Thank you for the inspiration; the blog is so gorgeous and beautifully done.

    Makes me want to color every inch of my world!! 😉

  • lex

    what if the swatch i want the code for isn’t in the side bar? like for the palettes with more than six colors?

  • jessica

    hi Lex…you can download the palette and pull that info for whichever swatch you wish to have the exact RGB/HEX codes for.

  • jessica

    thank you Cameo Jo! …i am happy to hear you discovered Design Seeds & my blog, and grateful to be able to offer you inspiration.

  • lex

    thank you Jessica!

  • jessica

    thank you Jen … appreciate your kind words!

  • Joelle

    I cannot find the update that tells me how to get the color i want for the paint technician at Lowe’s. Please point me in the right direction. Thank You.

  • katie

    I’m afraid I’m still confused. When i go to the paint shop, what color code are they looking for – pantone, rgb, or hex? I don’t see a way to convert every color from rgb or hex to pantone or am I missing something? thanks, I LOVE your site and images!

  • Maria

    Hi Jessica I am an sports apparel designer and travel a lot I have tons of great pics from my home in Australia to Volcanoes in Maui, Santa Fe, europe etc I ld love to share these with you free of charge email me and I will send you a sample. Love your work well done regards Maria

  • Jennifer

    I love your colors, so beautiful! Like Katie, I’m a little confused. Can I go to the paint shop & give them the rgb # & they can make the color from there? I was trying to find your updated post on how to do this, but couldnt find it. thanks so much!!

  • Mitzi

    I love your site! I wish I could get the colors in your picture to match my Kona fabric colors….maybe one day?

  • Shelly R.

    I have just become acquainted with your website. Is there a way to do a search on your website or Pinterest of the color palette names you give them, such as “Winter Chirp”?I write down certain ones that I like but can’t figure out how to do the search for them so I can go back & look at them.Thanks & I greatly appreciate your artistic talents!

  • jessica colaluca

    thanks so much Shelly!
    you can do a Google Image search and it will pull up all the Design Seeds palettes with that particular title.
    someday with the next site update, I will look into including the option to search by title.

  • Shelly S.

    I look forward receiving your design seeds every day. I am into beading and think the combinations would make beautiful jewelry, even on my unprofessional level. I seem to remember seeing books you had put together showing a lot of the design seeds do you still have them? You are certainly inspiring.


    • jessica

      thank you Shelly…appreciate your comment & kind words!
      there are several Design Seeds ebooks available (check out the “shop” page on the Design Seeds site)

  • Emma Kate Morse

    Jessica, is there a way to get the HEX codes from an iPhone..?

    • http://design-seeds.com jessica

      sorry … not that i am aware of Emma

      • Emma Kate Morse

        Jessica, by chance, I figured it out! You go to the “see similar colors” area and hold down on the color. The options to copy, open in new tab, and open should pop up. At the top of that little box is the URL, which should have the HEX code at the end!

        • http://design-seeds.com jessica

          wonderful … thanks for sharing Emma!

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