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Paint A Room Online With Virtual Paint Color Samples

Updated on January 16, 2012

Paint Color Visualizer Tool

Most paint sample swatches in the store are smaller than a business card, which makes it difficult to tell if a color will look attractive, or not, painted on a larger scale throughout your home. Taking the time to pick out pleasing paint colors is a task that really pays to go the extra mile and avoid a costly mistake.

Fortunately, a color visualizer tool makes color selection a little easier and less worrisome. I do, however, also recommend spending a couple bucks on paint samples first, before taking a gamble and spending hundreds of dollars on paint for an entire project. Sherwin Williams sells Color to Go samples for no more than $5 each.

A web-based visualizer tool allows you to upload a photo of a room in your home and add virtual color swatches to any part of that room to see what color schemes look best. A visualizer tool is a great way to find new ideas for a painting project and see how the room will look painted in different colors of interest.

Both Sherwin Williams and Benjamin Moore provide useful visualizer tools online, but I prefer Sherwin Williams' tool, since they're my primary paint provider anyway. In case you haven't decided where to buy your paint yet, I do recommend Sherwin Williams, because their prices are reasonable and their stores are usually right around the corner.

The Sherwin Williams color visualizer tool gives you the option to upload your own photo of a room to be painted, or simply use the photos of rooms already stored within the tool. Using the color tool on Sherwin Williams' site is probably one of the easiest ways to get a quick feel for different colors. Simply drag and drop colors from the palette into any part of the photo, to fill it in with color. The tool is loaded with over 1,500 color samples to experiment with and also provides a printable coupon for use at your local store.

Another interesting tool to help you paint a room online and find cool colors is the Sherwin Williams ColorSnap application for smart phones. I haven't used the application myself, but it looks like it would come in handy for someone wanting to replicate a random color. Snap pictures of inspirational colors found offline, using your smart phone, and the ColorSnap application closely matches your chosen colors to existing Sherwin Williams colors.

If you prefer to buy your paint from Benjamin Moore, their Personal Color Viewer is another free tool that you can use to paint a room online. The tool is handy, but I find the Sherwin Williams tool a little easier for navigation and quick color palette comparison. The Benjamin Moore visualizer tool is helpful though and allows you to create your own account where you can upload photos of your home.

If you don't want to spend time uploading photos into the Benjamin Moore color tool, you can also use existing photos on the site. One thing I do like about the Benjamin Moore website is that their color gallery displays all of their color samples together, in a larger size, than the color samples displayed on the Sherwin Williams website.

Onine Color Tool Accuracy

There is always a chance that paint colors shown online will look slightly different than the true paint color offline. This is also sometimes the case with online furniture, carpeting or anything else.

Paint visualizer tools are great for planning colors and schemes, but basing a final decision entirely on virtual colors is probably not the best idea. After picking out paint colors online, visit the store and buy a paint sample upfront to test the color.


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      Shasta Matova 4 years ago from USA

      What a great idea! Especially if you want a dark or bright color, it is helpful to check whether the color will be overwhelming in the room. I should have used these sites to try out my own color. Maybe next time.

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