The Best Paint Color Tools

July 6, 2010 at 5:50 pm , by

paint chipsBelieve me, I know how hard it is to find the perfect paint colors. I’ve painted my bedroom three times in the last five years in search of that just-right shade. (This last time, I finally took the experts’ advice, invested in sample pots of paint, and tried three on my wall before committing. It’s time-consuming, but worth it!) In the August issue, we outlined some basic color schemes that might help you if you’re planning to repaint your rooms. But there’s also a whole a host of tools online that can make the color selection process a little bit easier.

Best for the mobile crowd

Download Ben Color Capture from Benjamin Moore (free for iPhone) and ColorSnap from Sherwin-Williams (free for iPhone and BlackBerry), snap a photo of anything with your smartphone—from your favorite sweater to a gorgeous leaf—and the app will find a matching paint hue. They’ll also hook you up with coordinating colors so you can easily create an entire scheme around your inspiration. Read more

Martha Stewart Takes Home Depot

April 16, 2010 at 4:59 pm , by

Martha dons the orange apron

Martha, Martha, Martha! I’m so jealous of the Shelterpop editors, who went to a painting workshop at a NYC Home Depot last night, and had a surprise expert guest: Martha Stewart herself. To promote her new paint line, Martha Stewart Living Paint, she gave color palette advice, joked around, and even picked up a roller (all while wearing heels). Read about it here.

If you ran into Martha at your local Home Depot, would you ask her for painting advice? What’s your biggest challenge when it comes to paint?

Photo credit: Steven Freeman via Shelterpop