Smartphones can’t paint for you — yet. But they can make the job much easier, transforming you from a beginner to a regular Bob Vila with just a few taps of your finger.
If you’re planning to paint your home or update your kitchen, bathroom or bedroom, the right app can save you a substantial amount of time and money. You just might discover a new color or style you otherwise would have missed.
With that in mind, check out these five home painting apps before you embark on your project!
The Home Depot developed an app that makes it simple to tell the paint counter what you need. It takes the first spot on our list because of its wide variety of features. You’ll find a color matching tool, a way to view new shades in your space and the option to browse the full range of tones available in their paint department.
Beyond these features, Project Color provides helpful advice about which colors are popular now and info on the latest trends. It’s the complete package. If Home Depot is your supplier of choice, take the time to research this app. You won’t regret it.
Sherwin Williams is another well-known name that’s been in the painting industry for over 150 years. With the company’s vast selection of colors, it takes an app to browse through all the available options.
However, you don’t have to stop when you’ve found something that looks good in your space. The Colorsnap Pallete Creation App is designed to help find a palette of colors that will work with the one you’ve selected.
As you know, creating a palette that fits well in your space can be a challenge. By using this app, you’ll remove a lot of guesswork and feel confident in the final product.
This is a free app that has no association with any particular paint vendors. It does exactly what it says it will — it shows you how different colors will look on your wall. The app’s “smart fill” feature allows you to quickly fill an entire wall with your chosen color.
Some users complain about a clunky interface, but the in-app documentation should be enough to get most people over the initial learning curve. Instead of providing a hue created by a specific vendor, this app lets you imagine just about anything and then go out and get it.
This app goes beyond color selection to provide additional style options. It even allows side-by-side comparisons so you can see how a space looks with one shade as opposed to another.
If you’ve got a new place in need of some color or you’re doing a major remodel, Home Harmony is a great app to have in your tool kit. It’s available for iOS and Android, and while its speed has received complaints, it’s robust in its functionality.
If you’re new to a space that needs paintwork, or you’ve forgotten exactly which shade you used in a room and you need to get another can — leave it to Benjamin Moore. The Benjamin Moore Color Capture app does an excellent job of recognizing and replicating a paint color.
This app is the perfect solution for rooms where paints have faded over time. You have the option to start fresh with the original hue or match the faded paint if you just have a small patch to redo.
Many of these home painting apps have common features, but each one also stands out in its own way. The different interfaces will lend themselves to one user or another, so it’s good to browse a range of options. If anything, they’ll give you an idea of where you want to begin your paint shopping, saving you a few trips to the store for swatches.
Now find that old pair of stained jeans and get started!