5 House Painting Apps Worth Your Time
Madonna once sang, “I am a material girl, and I live in a material world.” If we were to re-write those lyrics today, they would read, “I am a digital girl, and I live in a digital world.” As of 2016, according to Statista, the Apple app store had over 2.2 million apps. That is a lot of apps. And when it comes to painting your house, that is not a bad thing. With all the apps, there are many that can help you plan and prepare for a new painting project. Whether you are spot painting, looking to refinish cabinets, painting a single room, or painting the entire interior or exterior of your house, as the saying goes, “There is an app for that.” We wanted to share our five favorite painting apps to help you with your next project.
This app by Valspar lets you explore their paint colors, which are available at Lowe's, ACE, or independent retailers. The paint calculator helps you estimate how much paint you'll need for your project.
In addition, you can upload photos and get advice from a color consultant via live video, audio, or e-mail. Plus, The app also provides how-to videos to help get your project off the ground.
Note: You can't save your paint colors and there's no search, so navigation can be tricky.
By Behr Mobile
This app comes with a function that lets you search for a shade by name, number, or color family. Plus, you take a picture or select an existing one from your library, and the app will match that color with an existing Behr color.
The app's preview function allows you to virtually paint a handful of rooms by simply clicking on a color and then the wall you'd like to see the color on. It's handy to see what the paint looks like in a room. Be careful with this feature though because it's not your house and the design elements will be very different.
With the Behr app, you can save projects, colors, pallets, and paint calculations so that you can come back to your work later. While we love this for exploring colors and what they may look like in a room, it does not replace trying out paint samples in the actual room you wish to paint.
Paint My Place
Paint My Place is the only app that is not connected to a major paint company. You can explore across three brands: Benjamin Moore, Dulux, and Farrow & Ball.
You can take or upload an existing photo of the space you're going to paint and paint it virtually. You choose the paint and color to do this with.
However, the painting feature is not the most precise. You may wind up painting a portion of a room or a house object you did not intend to due to the inaccuracy of the feature.
But, this function is designed to give you an idea of what a color is going to look like so in that vein, it is useful.
Note: Being free, the app comes with adds. However, you can upgrade to the paid version for $2.99 and get the option to save work and share it. This is only available for Apple devices.
By Benjamin Moore
The app will match the colors in any photo and also show the next four closest shades.
While you are scanning through the various Benjamin Moore colors, you can save, e-mail, post to Facebook, or tweet out the color you find. You can let your friends on social media help decide what color to use if you like.
Note: The colors look much different on the screen than they do in real life. This is fairly universal with digital paint samples. The brightness and resolution of your screen can play a role in this discrepancy.
With Sherwin-Williams's Color Snap, you can create color palettes and match colors to a photo in your phone. The app's color-match feature will automatically pick out the colors in the photo that it can match and then create a palette with those colors. The app also allows you to click on a certain color to match and the palette will include a selection of complementary colors.
You can view each color in a room example. Like other apps, it is great to see what a color will look like on a wall, it is just not your wall.
We Love Painting. These apps can help you in your planning and preparation process. Contact us to see how we can make your app creations a reality!