Before committing to a new paint colour, consider using one of the many paint visualisation tools available online. Many tools allow you to upload your own photographs to get a better sense of how colours might look in your space. Each tool will provide the name and brand of the paint colour so you can make notes and locate your desired hue at a home and garden or hardware store. Keep in mind that computer monitor settings may alter the appearance of the colour. Be sure to try samples of paint before making a commitment.
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House Beautiful Paint-a-Room
The "House Beautiful" website offers a free paint visualizer tool which allows you to explore colours from some of the major paint distributors in the country, including Sherwin Williams, Benjamin Moore and Valspar. The tool, HB Paintbrush, provides options to browse colours by manufacturer and line (such as Classic colours by Benjamin Moore) or by room. The site includes more than 400 sample room images from kitchens to living rooms. For a more personal approach, upload your own room photographs and apply paint. Save your work and revisit works in progress each time you log in to the site.
Sherwin Williams Paint Visualizer
The Sherwin Williams Paint Visualizer accommodates both interior and exterior projects. Select from the library or upload your own photographs. The Sherwin Williams tool includes the historic paint line with historically accurate paint colours specific to architectural styles such as Craftsman, Spanish Revival or Colonial. Create a profile to save your ongoing projects and compile "Favorites" of particular colours or scenes. When finished exploring, you have the option to either print your work or e-mail it for future reference.
Valspar Online Painter
The Valspar online painter features many of the same options as the "House Beautiful" and Sherwin Williams tools, including personal photo uploading and the ability to save preferred colours for future reference. Additional design aspects of the Valspar tool include a "search by collection" feature. Valspar, in conjunction with Lowe's Home Improvement store, provides six home design collections including Waverly, Laura Ashley, Eddie Bauer and Earth Elements Home. Select from the collections for an image of a professionally decorated room. From here, experiment with paint selection to create a room fit to your needs and taste.
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