Try Out Your Room Colors Virtually

Try Out Your Room Colors Virtually

When I first wrote this blog in 2012 a few paint manufactures were creating apps and online resources that we consumers could use to choose colors for decorating our rooms. Now just about every paint resource has an app that you can use to do this. Some 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. Here are links and descriptions by manufacture. If you know of more let me know so I can keep this updated!

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 color that inspires you click on the chip and they suggest a pallet to work with. They also have a Room Visualizer Tool either you can 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.


Valspar has a 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. Fun way to start narrowing a pallet down before you go to the store.


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.

Benjamin Moore color gallery

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


The color visualizer by Sherwin-Williams allows you to upload a photo of your room, or house and allows you “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.

SW color snap

Olympic Paints have 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.

Olympic app


Behr also has a mobile app that will allow you to preview, match, and coordinate colors “on-the-go” with their convenient new tool.

Behr app


Remember your monitor or phone can only give you a pretty good idea how the color will look, but you should always paint a swatch on the wall and view it in all types of light; day light- morning, noon and early evening, and indoor light. This way you can see how it will look with your flooring, and any items you plan on adding to the room.

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

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