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Three must have color matching apps for your smartphone

Smartphones put everything at our fingertips with a wide variety of helpful apps. The apps I tend to gravitate toward are those for home décor, specifically color matching apps. Color matching apps assist in selecting paint colors for a space by simply matching a color in a picture.  Today I’ll share with you my three must have color matching apps.

I am big advocate of selecting paint color from a loved piece of artwork, a rug or textile.  Having the ability to snap a photo and then search a database of colors from the top paint brands takes a little bit of the guesswork out of the color selection process. It’s not exact, but it offers a few solid options from which to operate.

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Color Snap by Sherwin Williams was the first color matching app I down loaded about 3 or 4 years ago.  I’ve used it to help select a color palette by snapping a photo of a scarf and selecting colors from it.  The app is free and lets you use an existing photo or snap a photo of a color using the app. You can then tap the color within the picture that you wish to match. The app will bring up a few suggestions for you.  You can personalize each of the suggestions by changing the hue, tint or saturation.  You may want a pink that is a shade or two darker than the roses you color matched.

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Color Smart by Behr is another color matching app that I swear by. It lets you explore colors, color match another color, and offers a chance to preview a color in a virtual room. It’s a fun tool to help visualize what a color may look like in your space.  Often people purchase a paint color and aren’t too sure about it, then after they have spent the time and money to paint a space they realize it isn’t working for them. This color match app will help minimize the risk.

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Color Capture by Benjamin Moore is another amazing color match app.  Like the other two, you simply take a picture or select one from your phone, and then tap on the colors in the image that you wish to match. Benjamin Moore takes it a step further by offering digital color chips for each of their collections. They have one that is 140 shades of off-white.  Can you imagine that many shades from which to pick? They also have a list of their products and a few tutorials to help you execute the project flawlessly.

Choosing a paint color is a fun process with these color matching apps.  A complete room is more than paint on the walls, though and adding a color coordinated pattern or two makes a room sing.  Sadly, I cannot locate an app that will offer ideas based on a color.  I may need to remedy that, but oh what a task that would be.

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