Free Weekend project: virtual paint to prepare for spring projects

UPDATED: Tired of being snowed in? This weekend, forget the dull, gray, overcast skies and brighten up the mood by thinking about a spring project. Paint goes a long way toward changing the mood. Perhaps that’s why people always cringe when they walk in my office and see the bright yellow walls and the number 5 for NewsChannel 5 painted in another shade of yellow. At least the sun always shines in my office because it doesn’t shine anywhere else in Northeast Ohio. By the way, I inherited this. I would never paint it that way.

Picking out paint can be a big headache. I remember I wanted to paint a room in my condo blue. I did not want baby blue. I wanted that nice New England blue reminiscent of the water and ocean. It’s not dark blue, but not light blue. I’ve seen it in homes, but I couldn’t find it for the life of me. Of course, every blue I put on the wall looked like a baby’s room. I finally ditched the idea of painting the room blue.

There is a great tool out there so you don’t have to put several coats on the wall until you know which one looks best. They all look good in the store. There is an online tool that allows you to upload a photo of your room, and change the paint color to see how it changes and blends with your furniture and colors already present in furniture, pillows, and pictures.

It’s called Colorjive, and it’s a great resource. For free, you can upload a photo and save it three different ways. For $15 a year, you can store up to 10 photos, paint 5 objects in them, and save it 7 different ways.

When you find a color you like, you can get the code and take that into the store to get it filled. The program allows you to choose between Sherwin Williams and Benjamin Moore, but you can take those codes to any store and they can usually fill them.

If you’d prefer to visit the individual stores like Sherwin Williams or Benjamin Moore you can do that too. Sherwin-Williams Color Visualizer tool is very in-depth. Benjamin Moore offers the Personal Color Viewer. With Benjamin Moore, the walls change colors for you when you select a shade. That’s a nice tool because you can browse through colors faster. In the other programs, you have to highlight the area you want to virtually paint.

Behr offers Color Smart, and it works like most of the other programs by clicking on the object you want to paint. With Behr, you upload your photo after you click your color shades.

Play around with it. I think you’ll find it helpful, and a money saver so you’re not buying paint you don’t like.

You can also buy a small cannister of paint, but they’re pricey. I typically saw them for $4-5. That’s pricey for the small amount of paint you get. A pint is not much more. Those small cannisters are not widespread, and usually are limited to specific paint colors. So, you may not find the paint color you like.

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  1. Kami, I have tested 4 coorls in my foyer in a chocolate you suggested. Hate all of them. The latest “Dutch Cocoa” has a hint of mauve that I like but it is still tooo dark. Some others were like chocolate pudding (ugh). The combination of natural light fro the door and artificial when the door is closed also play havoc on the shade.The color strip’s (SherW) next lightest color was just too light Hah! I am thinking I want to mix the Dutch cocoa w/ the lighter shade (both have the same “tones” to make a color that will blend in the hall and stairwell and not detract. Any thoughts? Linda


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