Got a house painting project this summer? If you’re like us, the world is our oyster when it comes to paint colors. So many to choose from! Don’t you just wish you had a designer to choose for you? To help with the task, several of the big paint brands have free room painting apps for you to use in picking just the right color — whether it be for indoor, outdoor, bathroom, kitchen, or any room in the house.
None of them is perfect, but most have some cool stuff … if even for inspiration. But what we’re interested in is do any of them make the color picking easier? Let’s find out.
Here’s 5 free paint picking apps and what we think of them⬇
First, there’s Sherwin-Williams’ ColorSnap. (Note: All our reviews for this post are based on the iOS/iPhone version of these apps.) We like how the app does just as it says — it captures colors from photos and turns them into paint colors. You can manually manipulate the dots on the photo if you want it to pick up some colors that the app didn’t select.
This app would be great if there is a room in a magazine (just snap a photo of the picture and use the app) that you just love, or you want inspiration from nature (like our example). But it doesn’t take the colors and coordinate them for you — there’s a whole different part of the app that does that separately (not part of the color capture, boo hoo). And, what we really DID NOT like was that in order to store your color capture you have to register — and it’s not an easy registration. Sherwin-Williams does some heavy data mining from you to get you to register. No bueno. Nonetheless, this app does get beauty points for the color capture — it was the most fun to use for color picking.
Benjamin Moore’s Color Capture has some of the same idea as Sherwin Williams but with far less features. You can take a snapshot or pull from your camera roll a pic, and then the app pulls a few colors which are turned into the brand’s paint colors. You can “heart” colors as favorites. If you want the app to tell you the paint color from another part of the picture, then you just tap in the screen.
The color capturing is saved on your camera roll, which means there is no registration. But we found that “saving” to be a bit glitchy and not that user friendly. The Collections feature on the app’s main screen is a recap of Benjamin Moore’s paint colors. No coordinating of palettes in this app. Just a color picker.
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