Mobile Apps That Help you Choose the Perfect Home Colors

Article submitted by Joseph Renteria


As a painting and general contractor, we've painted plenty of homes and we can honestly say the most challenging task for a homeowner is picking the right colors. Whether it’s coordinating a new color with an existing color in your home, or finding an all new color palette, we usually do our best to help and make suggestions. However, the decision ultimately still rests on you. But there's no need to stress out too much about it because choosing colors can be fun - if you have the right tools to help you.

The most common tool for choosing the perfect paint color has always been a fan deck. Unlike a color wheel, a fan deck consists of easy-to-view strips arranged by color family featuring various shades and intensities of the same hue. But these fan decks are usually only available to the contractors or can be found at your local paint store in the hands of an associate. And if you wanted to take home a fan deck from your local paint store, the answer will be no or someone took the last one. In some cases, you may even be told they are for sale only. Thankfully, the internet and smart phones have helped evolve the paint industry by pushing paint vendors to build mobile tools to help make the color choosing process easier. The best part is they are all free. From color picking, to paint choices, here are a few that will simplify your life tremendously!


Dunn-Edwards InstaColor™

Inspiration happens in an instant! Dunn-Edwards InstaColor is a set of tools you can use to capture what inspires you — wherever you are — and give any paint project your signature style. Available for iPhone and Android.

Inspiration is everywhere! Capture what inspires you with our color-matching tool, Dunn-Edwards InstaColor™. Point your hand-held device at any scene, take a photo and see your inspiration matched to colors from Dunn-Edwards® Perfect Palette® color system, including the 300 new colors of our Then, Now & Forever™ collection.

Dunn-Edwards InstaColor™ Features:

- Match four colors to any four points on a photo
- See all 1,996 colors in Dunn-Edwards Perfect Palette color system
- Get details on every color, including corresponding trim and accent colors
- Fill the screen on your mobile device with a single color
- Add selected colors to favorites
- Share your colors on Pinterest®, Facebook®, Twitter®, in a text message or by email
- Locate your nearest Dunn-Edwards store
- Link directly to features on Order Color Chips, ColorKeeper®, Account Log-In

Download InstaColor™



Sherwin-Williams® ColorSnap® Visualizer

Capture color inspiration whenever—and wherever—it strikes. With ColorSnap® Visualizer from Sherwin-Williams, you have the power to take real-world colors and turn them into paint-color swatches—all on your smartphone. Available for iPhone and Android.

Sherwin-Williams® ColorSnap® Features

- Match colors to any photo - Capture colors that inspire you and match them to real paint colors. Just upload an image and ColorSnap® Visualizer will instantly match colors in your photo, helping you create a perfect, personalized palette.

- Find the color you're looking for - Our digital, interactive color wall, now featuring brand new Sherwin-Williams paint colors, has been redesigned by color family to make color selection easier than ever. Get the in-store color wall experience in the palm of your hand.

- Turn color numbers into painted scenes - Scan from in-store color chips or try it anywhere our color numbers are displayed to see colors painted in our sample scenes.

- Build your color confidence - View multiple scenes painted in the color of your choice. Just choose a color from your palette to instantly see painted scenes and feel confident choosing colors.

- Access your colors anywhere - Create a account to save your favorite colors and access them on any Sherwin-Williams paint color matching app on your computer or tablet.

Additional Features
- Create a custom palette or Ask Sherwin-Williams for colors that complement your color.
- Fine-tune to find the perfect color with lightness, saturation and hue features.
- Get detailed color information, including color names, RGB values and LRV numbers.
- Find a Sherwin-Williams store near you.

Download ColorSnap®



Benjamin Moore Color Capture®

Inspiration is all around you! Use this digital app to snap a picture of anything that catches your eye and instantly find its match from our collection of more than 3,500 paint colors. Available for iPhone and Android.

Color Capture 3.3 for iPhone

- Share your favorite colors on facebook®, twitter® and email.
- Save your pictures and their coordinating colors to your Favorites.
- Group colors in Favorites to create personalized combos.
- Browse through Benjamin Moore's inspirational color cards.
- Access our full-spectrum color wheel to search colors.
- Locate your favorite Benjamin Moore retailer.
- Available for iPhone, iPad® and iPod Touch®.

Color Capture 2.3.3 for Android phones

- Capture inspirational photos and find their matching Benjamin Moore colors.
- Save your favorite colors and tag notes.
- Access our full-spectrum color wheel to search colors.
- Locate your favorite Benjamin Moore retailer.
- Download the Benjamin Moore Android app.
- Android phones must be Version 6.1 or higher to download from your carrier.

[When using the Color Capture tool, on-screen color representations may vary slightly from the actual paint colors due to variance in displays and light sources. Bring the color chip numbers of the colors you like to your local Benjamin Moore retailer to match and/or order the exact paint colors.]

Download Color Capture®



ColorSmart by BEHR® Mobile

Planning on refreshing your home? Whether you have an iPhone®, iPad®, or an Android™ device, the ColorSmart by BEHR® Mobile app will make the job easier. Preview, match, and coordinate colors "on-the-go" with this convenient new tool.

Designed with all the same great features found in our online version, ColorSmart by BEHR® Mobile is an easy and convenient way to find, coordinate and preview a BEHR® paint color for all of your paint projects.

BEHR® Mobile ColorSmart Features

- Browse through any of our BEHR Premium Plus Ultra® and Premium Plus® colors
- Photo-match to a BEHR color with our photo-match tool
- Preview your colors in different rooms and styles
- Share your latest project on your Facebook and Twitter accounts
- Save colors, room images, calculations and store locations to your account
- Our Store Locator helps you find The Home Depot store nearest you
- Paint a room image with our touch-and-tap technology

Download ColorSmart



Valspar® Color Connect

Connect to Valspar Color Consultants for a live or email consultation and get Valspar tools at your fingertips.

Valspar® Color Connect Features

- Consultation - Our Color Consultants are ready and eager to help. Simply sign up, choose an appointment time and get started. It’s that easy.

- Live Video - Connect with a Valspar Color Consultant through live video on your iPhone or iPad.

- Live Audio & Photos - Submit a room photo and a Valspar Color Consultant will provide an audio only consultation via your iPhone or iPad.

- Photos Only - Submit a room photo and a Valspar Color Consultant will provide recommendations via email.

- Explore Color - Browse vibrant reds, costal blues, warm whites; whatever your style, we’ve got the color to match. Explore more than 3,000 Valspar colors from within the app.

- How-To Videos - The difference is in the details. Brush up on some tips and start painting like the pros.

- Paint Calculator - After locating a color you love, answer a few simple questions and we’ll tell you how much paint you need.

- Find a Retailer - Locate a Valspar retailer closest to you by Zip code to get your project started.

Download Color Connect



Although all of these apps are great, it is important to understand that these are just some of the tools to get you closer to picking a color. You should always consult with a paint professional before purchasing the paint itself. Gain confidence in your selection by requesting a paint sample from your paint contractor or paint vendor before you make a purchase. Seeing the paint colors you like on the actual surfaces and under the real lighting conditions will ensure they are the right colors for your walls, house, porch, or anywhere else you want new color. It is the best method to make sure you're satisfied with your color selection before picking up a brush. By sampling a color at home, you will get the most accurate sense of how the color will actually look in the room under different lighting conditions.


About Paint Boy

Paint Boy is the original company founded in 1994 by Jereme James. Through the success and reputation of this company and at the request of its many clients, a wider range of services were added and ultimately led to the expansion of the company and creation of Builder Boy. Paint Boy is still home to the original painters which started the company but is now a division of Builder Boy, Inc.

Paint Boy is not limited to custom residential painting, Paint Boy also offers full services in the commercial arena. Some of our clients include Kinko's, Starbucks, Lakewood Water Department, Jesse James' warehouse, and Costco. Paint Boy's detailed finishes are guaranteed to make your office building represent your company in a professional manner. Let Paint Boy's team complete your job timely and professionally. To ensure no costly business interruptions we work around your business schedule often extending after hours and into the weekend. Paint Boy prides itself in excellent preparation, supervision, and clean up on each and every job to restore your work environment back to normal without compromising our impeccable finishes. Even if your job is a small one, you'll get a manager supervising all the work we do. It's the least we can do to ensure our high standards of quality are met, and your experience is easy and stress-free.

To get more information about Paint Boy or to schedule an appointment with a paint professional, please call us at (877) 410-3405. Or visit our showroom at 1741 Cherry Avenue in the City of Long Beach.