When you walk into a paint store, do you get overwhelmed with all the color choices or have a hard time visualizing what it will actually look on your walls? Yep, me too. But did you know there is help right at your fingertips? I have a few favorite paint apps and websites that aid in taking the guesswork out of choosing paint colors. The best part is you can virtually paint all of your rooms without leaving the couch.
1) ColorSnap® by Sherwin-Williams is a free paint matching app for the iPhone/iPad or Android. One of my favorite features of this app is you can take a photo of a piece of furniture, pillow, bedding or anything and it will automatically identify matching paint colors. For example, I took this photo of one of our chairs in our living room. As you can see, there are a lot of colors in the pattern, and it quickly came up with the paint color combinations that would be a good match.
Note, different lighting can produce different color options for the same pattern.
You also can browse by Sherwin-Williams paint collections, such as Pottery Barn or HGTV Home, click on a color and see it painted in a pre-selected scene. If you want to see what the color might look like on your own walls, I love the Paint Color Visualizer on Sherwin-Williams’ website and its counterpart for the iPad, a free app called ColorSnap Studio™. (Unfortunately, this is not a feature on the phone app.) Simply take a photo of your room, upload it, click on a color or enter a color code, and literally click on the walls that you want painted. It also suggests complementary colors in the color palette. Super fun!
While I have found the screen colors are not an exact match of the paint samples, you can get a great idea of what the room will actually look like. I loaded a photo of our living room and had a lot of fun playing around with various wall colors. You can create an account and save these into your projects. (Can you find my original wall color?)
2) Benjamin Moore Color Capture® is another free paint matching app for the iPhone/iPad and Android for the Benjamin Moore® line of paint. Similar to ColorSnap, you simply take a photo and it chooses matching paint colors for you. Benjamin Moore also has an online Personal Color Viewer®, which allows you to paint a room or the exterior of your home virtually and see how paint colors will look. This is not mobile compatible, and must be done on their website.
I have all Sherwin-Williams and Benjamin Moore paints in my home, so those are my go-tos when it comes to paint. I know a lot of people like Behr and other paints you can find at home improvement stores.
Valspar and Behr paints both have paint color apps: 3) ColorSmart by Behr Mobile is free for iPhone or Android, and 4) Valspar’s ProjectPaint is available free for iPhone, Android and BlackBerry. 5) In addition, Olympic Paints has its ColorClix app for iPhone/iPad and Android. With all of these apps, you can explore various paint collections, upload a photo to get color matches or preview the color in a pre-selected scene.
6) For iPad users, HGTV Color Guide is a free app where you can browse photos, get expert decorating tips and click through rooms organized by color to get ideas.
The next time you feel the urge to get out the paint brush, try painting virtually first. We all know there are literally thousands of paint colors to choose from. These free tools may help you narrow down the options to find the perfect color for your space.
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