Three must have color matching apps for your smartphone

August 12, 2015

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.


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.


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.


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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