Add a Splash of Color: 6 Home Color Apps

Weekly Smartphone App Roundup

Nothing rejuvenates a home like a fresh coat of paint. Whether it's from some slight mishaps while moving or the questionable color decisions from former tenants, there are many reasons to give the walls a new splash of paint. Like with any home DIY project, preparation is key, so here are 6 apps to ease the stress and make your home that much sweeter.

iOS

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Left: Home Decorator Pro - Right: Glidden on the Go

Home Decorator Pro
Some people are good at envisioning color swatches being applied to their walls, while others require a little help. ome Decorator is able to take a photograph of your home and apply a variety of color choices to bring your vision to life. This app is great for assisting with the decision-making process. $1

Glidden on the Go
Browsing through color swatches with the Glidden on the Go app is a thoroughly productive and enjoyable experience. Thanks to the intuitive and informative interface, finding the right color schemes for every room is quick and simplified. For first time decorators, there is a help section to guide you towards the final color palette, and video tutorials for the hands-on part of the job. Free

Android

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Left: ColorSmart by Behrs - Right: Real Colors Pro

ColorSmart by Behr
This one stop shop app has everything you need except brushes and tarp. Behr's own ColorSmart app has a wide range of features such as color match (which finds a color from a picture in the handsets gallery) and preview color on a photographed wall. There's even a paint calculator that calculates how many cans of paint are needed to get the job done. Free
Also available for iOS

Real Colors Pro
There are many rules when it comes to colors and how well they interact with each other. Exploring the entire color spectrum to fill in those blank walls is easy with Real Colors Pro. This palette generator app uses several color theory rules (complementary, monochromatic, analogous, shades, triad, tetrad, split complementary and even their own homebrew) to create a color palette from an imported photo. $5

Windows Phone 7

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Left: ColorClix - Right: DIY Calculator

ColorClix
Olympic's own ColorClix offers a stylish app that helps sift through the paint company's massive selection. Browse through the catalog of over 1200 shades, or use a photo to discover the perfect touch for your home. Each room can be saved as a different project to keep things organized. Free

DIY Calculator
Once you've settled on the new colors and the paint is ready for purchase, how much paint is enough? DIY Calculator asks for factors such as wall width and height and the number of coats to find the correct amount required. Avoid overspending or wasting time on a second trip to the hardware store with DIY Calculator on your Windows Phone. It can even do the same with flooring as well. $1
Equivalent for iOS/Android

(Images: 1. Jason Rodway, all others: as credited above)