Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Paint-It-Yourself Dress

Still looking for something to wear this Christmas? Still hesitant about which color to wear? Don't look any further. Here's the colour-in dress.

Two artists who live around the corner of our office in Amsterdam came up with the concept. Cool, right?

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Christmas Colors in Paris

Famous French designer JC de Castelbajac is at it again. He decorated two landmark facades in Paris for the holiday season. The first is a rainbow lighting for the BHV department store. The second a spectacular arrangement of colors at the Publicis Drugstore on the Champs Eslysee (image).

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Strangely Painted Homes

Some homes have been painted quite peculiarly, if not outright strange. Here's an example:

This is 'Didden Village' home to the Didden family in Rotterdam, Holland. You'd almost think that blue is on sale at the local paint store. But no, this is an architectural concept. And a smart one too. It was conceived by renowned architect Winy Maas.

You want to see some more strangely painted homes? Here you are.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Color Pulse 2011

If you'd like to be at the forefront of color trends, check out Benjamin Moore's Color Pulse 2011. Susan over at the 'Rooms That Work' weblog posted an overview of Color Pulse 2011. Pulse describes 4 color trends: Farm, Order, Escape and Tribe, each with its own features.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Crosby Street Hotel

The Crosby Street Hotel just opened in New York. The interior is gorgeous and the choice of colors is exquisite. Take a look at the website for your color inspiration.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Educational licenses

We started rolling out educational licenses. If you are a student or educator you can apply for a Premium account free of charge or a Pro account, which alows unlimited uploads, for 15 us$. The educational license is well suited for Interior Design Programs at Colleges.

Maryville University is the first to adopt Colorjive as an educational tool and all Interior Design students are offered a Colorjive license. A warm welcome to all Maryville students...

Contact us if you would like to apply for your own educational license.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Roomvues for your inspiration

Colorjive helps to visualize the colors you've picked for your home. But what if you have trouble picking the colors? offers a great way to receive color ideas. You can upload a photo of your home to the Makeover Gallery and ask the Roomvues team for suggestions. Once you have finished your project, you can uplad a photo to the Showroom Gallery to get ratings and comments from others. Using and browsing the Showroom Gallery is for free, the Makeover Gallery comes for a fee.
Roomvues utilizes Colorjive technology to enable their service.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009


Here's a new short video about Colorjive: 'how to paint a room in less than a minute'.
Check it out to see how to work efficiently with Colorjive.

Monday, October 26, 2009

Update: feedback tab

We've just updated Colorjive. You will now find a feedback tab clearly visable on every page of the website. Furthermore: you now have to doubleclick on a color to pop up the color borwser, instead of a single click. The single click appeared to be confusing. Some minor bugs and issues have been fixed.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Pick a color for the Empire State Building

The Empire State Building gets a new color every night. Did you know that? I sure didn't.
What if the Empire State Building would get a new color every day? Which color would you choose for one day? Why?
Send your suggestions to igor @ We give away 3 free Colorjive premium accounts for the best suggestions.

Orange is my own suggestion. Here's why:
As you may (or may not) know, this year marks the 400 year anniversary of the arrival of the ship Half Moon with Captain Henri Hudson in Manhattan. His arrival set the stage for the Dutch colony New Amsterdam, which later became New York. Orange is the Dutch national color.

Click on the image to paint the Empire State Building in your own color.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Picking colors for your home in 5 steps

I just wrote a Knol about how to pick colors for your home. It is in fact an updated version of a blogpost I wrote previously. But never mind.

Monday, October 5, 2009

Get Matched With Decorati

Before visualizing anything with Colorjive, you should first pick some colors. In case you have trouble with it, you might want to check out Decorati. It's a very cool website which can put you in touch with a professional interior decorator.

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Colorjive down for a few hours

We haven't been off to a good start. At around 9Pm local time the server went down and Colorjive disappeared off the web. Unfortunately everyone had gone home and there was no technician left to fix the problem. I sent out messages to the team. It was picked up by Ostap, who immediately went back to the office to deal with the issue. After a few hours of work, Colorjive was running again. Problem solved.
I must say that I'm pretty proud of the team. Once the problem became clear, it was swiftly acted upon. And special thanks to Ostap.

My apologies about the inconvenience. A few accounts may have been deleted. If so, I'm afraid you'll have to register again. But only empty accounts that were created right before the outage were affected. All user's images have been recovered and are available again.

We're investigating what happened exactly and will take measures so that it won't happen again.

Monday, September 28, 2009

We're Live

Colorjive just went live. Here's a picture of my eldest son Noa doing the honors of launching the site.
So now we're off on a whole new adventure...

Wednesday, September 23, 2009


I'm very excited that we managed to connect COLOURlovers to Colorjive. In case you don't know: COLOURlovers is an international community of designers and artists. Its website contains close to a million color palettes created by members.
We now made it possible to search the COLOURlovers palettes to inspire your project. Each palette is instantly matched to the closest paint colors of your favorite brand. I don't think something like this has ever been done before...

Monday, September 7, 2009

Beta badge

I've been thinking about adding a beta badge to the site. It's kind of fashionable for web 2.0 applications to carry a beta badge. Ridiculously, some applications carry it for years.
Beta indicates that it is prototype software. Not fully ready yet. But as far as I'm concerned, no software is ever ready. In a sense, all software is beta. And if all software is beta, the term looses its meaning.
Beta also serves as a disclaimer of sorts: don't blame us if things go wrong, this is only beta software! But isn't that just hiding behind the beta badge to avoid responsability?
On the other hand, when softare gets released to the general public, things may go wrong. You never know and the proof is in the pudding. Looked at it that way, the beta badge does make sense.
I'm not sure yet whether to go with beta or not. We'll see....

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

A Bit of Background

So what's up with Colorjive? A bit of background...

As a color design consultency we began dabbling with digital color visualisation in the mid-ninetees. Pretty soon we also started experimenting with the emerging internet. This gave us a headstart.
Already at that time I envisioned online color visualization. While web applications were still science fiction, we choose a new technology called Java as our development platform because it seemed to be headed in the right direction. Java never fully fullfilled our dreams, but when Adobe Flex came along it appeared that the technology finally caught up with our vision.
During the last 10 years the design consultancy turned into a software development firm. We undertook many a software project, all somehow involving color. Some projects were too far ahead of their time, others were quite successfull. One recent successfull project is a Flash web application deployed in the Netherlands. It enables people to upload photos of their own home and change the paint colors. We finally arrived at the vision I had 15 years ago. The app was released almost a year ago. We learned. By now we think we can do better than we did in the Netherlands. By now we think we, as well as the rest of the world, are ready for Colorjive. It will be simple, powerfull and will surf on the waves of the social networks.

Keep tuned...

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

First blogpost

This is the first blogpost on the colorjive weblog. We're currenlty in the process of developing an all new platform for color visualization. We'll make it possible for you to upload a picture of your home and change the paint colors.
Follow this weblog if you'd like to be in the loop.