Helpful Tools for Creating Color Schemes
Color wheels can be purchased from home improvement centers, art supply stores, and some hardware stores, and they offer a person the ability to compare color schemes while looking at a physical object. Not only is this an accurate way of doing it, it allows you to accurately match things like paint samples and ink colors for products that are going to be viewed in print, rather than on the Internet. If you're looking at picking colors for fashion design or interior design, this might be the method for you.
Kuler is Adobe's brainchild, a Flash-based program that has been offered freely to the public. One of the nicest things about Kuler is that the design is relatively simple, providing users with few options and a set five-color color scheme output. It has many settings, including the ability to help you pick out analogous color schemes with the click of a button.
Color Scheme Designer is a more robust program that is also offered freely to the public, but offers quite a bit more in the customization process, as well as the different schemes that are created. Not to mention, Color Scheme Designer even offers you the ability to apply the theme to sample websites, so you can get a general idea of what it might look like when applied to your website, taking the headache out of designing and redesigning layouts.