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Try Out Your Room Colors Virtually

By September 26, 2012August 17th, 20202 Comments
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Trying out a room color virtually has become easy with manufacturers’ apps and online resources. These allow consumers to choose colors for decorating their rooms virtually rooms. The best part of this is that you can change the colors endlessly.

Some of the resources allow you to take pictures of the room and experiment with the color. Others have pictures of a room that you can add color to see if you like the combinations. Either way, they are fun to use and can help you choose that perfect color for your next decorating project.

Keep in mind when choosing colors, once you have settled on three or so, get samples. Paint a patch in the room and compare how the colors look at different times of the day. Light has a big effect on how a color will look in one room to the next. 

Here are links and descriptions by the manufacturer. If you know more let me know so I can keep this updated!

Colors Virtually:


Glidden has narrowed down their colors by room to their Top 10. Select the type of room you would like to paint. Find a color pallet then, once you find a color that inspires click on the chip.  They suggest a pallet to work with. They also have a Room Visualizer Tool. Take a picture of your own room and “paint” the walls or use one of their rooms to decide if you like the color before you paint.Glidden logo


Valspar has a virtual fun interactive site that you can upload your own photo, or use one of theirs; select a color to paint the walls to see how your room will look. A fun way to start narrowing a pallet down before you go to the store.

Benjamin Moore

Benjamin Moore has a color gallery where you visualize groups of colors, like neutrals, view designer classics, or check out trends to identify a color you are looking for.

They also have an app to design your own room, again virtually either using your photo or one they have to get a feeling of how the colors will look in a room.

The color visualizer by Sherwin-Williams allows you to upload a photo of your room, or house and allows you to “try” more than 1500 different colors in the room or on the exterior of your home. They have a quick demo to make the whole process easy.sherwin williams logo

Olympic Paints

Olympic has a color capture app that allows you to snap a picture of any color that inspires you and you can find the paint color that will match it. This can be very useful if you are trying to find inspiration for a room.

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Behr also has a mobile app that will allow you to preview, match, and coordinate colors “on-the-go” with its convenient new tool.Behr logo Remember your monitor or phone can only give you a fair idea of how the color will look.  Colors virtually may not be a true representation.  Always paint a swatch on the wall and view it in all types of light; daylight- morning, noon and early evening, and indoor light. This way you can see how it will look with items you plan on adding to the room.

Have fun using these sites, to experiment with your colors virtually. Get inspired and update your rooms with color! Let me know which one you found the most useful.

Other good sources for color:

Karen GP

Author Karen GP

Karen GrayPlaisted is the principle owner of Design Solutions KGP. She is a graduate from Pace University and The Fashion Institute of Technology in NYC. Her marketing background and design sense are a perfect combination for home sellers. In the first year she began her staging business, she won the ‘Rising Star’ accolade from RESA, selected from all North American stagers, USA and Canada. In 2016 she won top Occupied Stager in the USA. Karen’s ability to educate and empower clients using simple solutions allows homeowners to transform their spaces with desirable affordable decadence.

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