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07. 06. 2006

Benjamin Moore's Pocket Palette


One issue that has always given me trouble when designing new interiors is color matching. I've been considering buying a book of color sheets to always have a paint reference on hand at home, but the fancypants art scientists at Benjamin Moore Paints have saved me the trouble.

Ladies and Gentlemen, it is my pleasure to present the keychain sized spectrophotometer! The Pocket Palette Device can take readings from any type of material around the house, and will examine the color to report the closest match available in Benjamin Moore's paint catalog. Fabric, ceramic, walls, clothes, fruit bowls and puppy dogs can now be scanned to work your decorating into that perfect little bit of feng shui.

Most in store color computers require a one inch square sample chip to make color matches. Instead of worrying about damaging a wall to get the proper sample size the scan can now be taken directly from the wall and the numbers phoned in to the paint shop. The Pocket Palette is auto calibrating, can store twenty recorded samples at a time, and retails for $300.

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California Paint has offered this kind of tool for $230:


Cool! Thanks for the tip.


Wow for $300 I hope this works. I've worked mixing paint for a few years and even the color matching equipment at the stores can sometimes produce hideous results, so I'd still recommend finding the suggested swatch first or having a test quart mixed. There's nothing worse than buying enough paint for the job only to find out the match isn't very good.


... pantone has a similar device. i've always thought it would be fascinating to have on hand for when you are inspired by some color in your environment... capture the color of autumn foliage, the color of the beach, moss, a taxi cab.

pantone could record it and tell you how to recreate it exactly.


These types copied me the idea, see the post


Charles C Kale:

This technology has been around a long time but Benjamin Moore just embraced it. Follower not a leader...They just charge Moore.

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