As a painting and general contractor, we’ve painted plenty of homes and we can honestly say the most challenging task for a homeowner is picking the right colors. Whether it’s coordinating a new color with an existing color in your home, or finding an all new color palette, we usually do our best to help and make suggestions. However, the decision ultimately still rests on you. But there’s no need to stress out too much about it because choosing colors can be fun – if you have the right tools to help you.
The most common tool for choosing the perfect paint color has always been a fan deck. Unlike a color wheel, a fan deck consists of easy-to-view strips arranged by color family featuring various shades and intensities of the same hue. But these fan decks are usually only available to the contractors or can be found at your local paint store in the hands of an associate. And if you wanted to take home a fan deck from your local paint store, the answer will be no or someone took the last one.
In some cases, you may even be told they are for sale only. Thankfully, the internet and smart phones have helped evolve the paint industry by pushing paint vendors to build mobile tools to help make the color choosing process easier. The best part is they are all free. From color picking, to paint choices, here are a few that will simplify your life tremendously!
Inspiration happens in an instant! Dunn-Edwards InstaColor is a set of tools you can use to capture what inspires you — wherever you are — and give any paint project your signature style. Available for iPhone and Android.
Inspiration is everywhere! Capture what inspires you with our color-matching tool, Dunn-Edwards InstaColor™. Point your hand-held device at any scene, take a photo and see your inspiration matched to colors from Dunn-Edwards® Perfect Palette® color system, including the 300 new colors of our Then, Now & Forever™ collection.
Capture color inspiration whenever—and wherever—it strikes. With ColorSnap® Visualizer from Sherwin-Williams, you have the power to take real-world colors and turn them into paint-color swatches—all on your smartphone. Available for iPhone and Android.
Inspiration is all around you! Use this digital app to snap a picture of anything that catches your eye and instantly find its match from our collection of more than 3,500 paint colors. Available for iPhone and Android.
Planning on refreshing your home? Whether you have an iPhone®, iPad®, or an Android™ device, the ColorSmart by BEHR® Mobile app will make the job easier. Preview, match, and coordinate colors “on-the-go” with this convenient new tool.
Designed with all the same great features found in our online version, ColorSmart by BEHR® Mobile is an easy and convenient way to find, coordinate and preview a BEHR® paint color for all of your paint projects.
Connect to Valspar Color Consultants for a live or email consultation and get Valspar tools at your fingertips.
Although all of these apps are great, it is important to understand that these are just some of the tools to get you closer to picking a color. You should always consult with a paint professional before purchasing the paint itself. Gain confidence in your selection by requesting a paint sample from your paint contractor or paint vendor before you make a purchase. Seeing the paint colors you like on the actual surfaces and under the real lighting conditions will ensure they are the right colors for your walls, house, porch, or anywhere else you want new color. It is the best method to make sure you’re satisfied with your color selection before picking up a brush. By sampling a color at home, you will get the most accurate sense of how the color will actually look in the room under different lighting conditions.
Paint Boy is a division of Builder Boy, Inc. Builder Boy has been servicing Southern California home owners in the greater Los Angeles and Orange County area for over 20 years. Builder Boy is recognized as one of the best general contractor for home improvement projects. We also offer interior/exterior painting services, stucco, kitchen and bath remodel, custom cabinets, cabinet refinishing, cabinet refacing, interlock paving systems, stone walkways, concrete driveways, custom barbecue islands, custom fire pits, room additions, and storage solutions.
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