Trying it Out
I've only had a few minutes to play around with the new iPhone app from Benjamin Moore, ben® Color Capture™, but so far it's really fun.
This is the first photo I tried -- a tight view of Peter Dunham's "Fig Leaf." Basically I just tapped my finger on various points of the leaves, as well as the beads I had placed on the upholstered bench, and Ben provided a range of potentially coordinating paint chips.
A word of caution: the chips look less accurate here on my computer screen than they do on my iPhone. I think the idea is to use the app-generated samples as a jumping off point. In person the recommended classic "Palladian Blue" does indeed work well with "Fig Leaf." But the view you may be seeing on this blog is a bit faded.
I also snapped an image of David Douglas Duncan's Goodbye Picasso which is bound with jute dyed to match the background color found in a Picasso portrait, shown below.
Based on how the bookcloth appeared on the iPhone, Ben suggested a good match: Vermilion.
Pictures of Turq's multi-toned Ann Whitten necklace brought up colors ranging from "Courtyard Green" (the edges of the Czech glass) to a host of lovely blue-greens.