Rx: Apps for Matching Paint Color

A lot of people don't know where to start when decorating a room. Here's a suggestion:

Step 1: Start by taking an object that inspires you. It could be a piece of fabric, a photo, or even a mundane object like a bowl. This provides the jumping off point for a color scheme. Take any one of the colors in your inspiration, and extend it to other things in the room. This creates repetition, a term used in the design world that basically means it creates a sense of cohesion. Ready to paint something? A wall, or maybe a piece of furniture?


Step 2: Just like everything else these days, there's an app for it. There are a handful of apps dedicated to matching your inspiration with actual pain colors. Among them: Behr ColorSmart, Glidden On The Go, and Benjamin Moore Color Capture. The premise is the same for all of them: hold something close to the lens of your iPhone camera, and the app matches it with its company's paint colors. You can fiddle around with them until you find the closest option to your original photo,* or something complementary to that color.

Using the app, take a photo. I used a pillow as an example.
Using the app, take a photo. I used a pillow as an example.
Then, tap anywhere on the image. The app will match it to a paint color. In this case, I used the Behr ColorSmart app. 
Then, tap anywhere on the image. The app will match it to a paint color. In this case, I used the Behr ColorSmart app. 

Step 3: Go to your paint or hardware store, already knowing which color you intend to buy. No need to fuss around with paint chips. Get in and get out.


*Note, however, that colors on your iPhone screen might differ a bit from actual, dried paint. Make sure your brightness level (found on Settings) is at its highest to ensure the most accurate representation possible.

You can also use the colors that you "favorite" on the apps to reference when buying fabric, bedding, curtains, furniture, accessories, you name it.