Today, I want to share a great app for helping select paint colors with you. It’s the Sherwin Williams ColorSnap Visualizer and I use it often! There are several really good paint color apps for your smartphones or electronic devices, but this one’s my favorite.
You can match a photo, explore paint colors, and scan a paint color number. Typically, when I’m inspired by a color, I’ll snap a photo on my iPhone 7, then use the “match a photo,” option. You can even match a pin on Pinterest!
Here are a few photos where I’ve used this ColorSnap app to find paint color matches:
Some old chippy shutters I found at an antique shop one weekend
The same photo will offer multiple paint colors for different items in the image. You may or may not need that option, but it’s a great tool if you’re looking for a whole space paint color scheme. I also like the fact that you can move your finger around the screen and touch the dot and similar paint colors, along with the Sherwin Williams paint color name will come up. The app will only upload a certain number of colors and then give you the option of a new palette. This will either give you repeats of some of the same colors, or some completely new ones. It can be a little overwhelming if you’re new to selecting paint colors, but the nice thing is it gives you options and can come in very handy if you’re trying to recreate the look of chippy agey with multiple paint color options to layer.
An inspiring wall color at an antique shop
The Market Street Bridge in Chattanooga while visiting my parents one weekend- That blue!
A Pinterest image that I cannot find now, but will add a link as soon as I find it!
Some aged blue shutters I was obsessed with on a recent trip to Chattanooga! A place called Ceniza..Are you seeing a theme here? ha
While this app is not an exact science of paint color theory, it will direct you to very similar paint colors to the ones that inspired you. I recommend buying samples before commiting to an entire space, as paint colors can vary greatly on monitors and getting color undertone accuracy is very important in a room depending on the exposure that space gets during the day and how the lighting changes throughout the day! This is when hiring a design professional is very beneficial.
Have you tried some of the paint color apps for smartphones? What were your thoughts? Would love to hear.
Happy almost Friday!