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7 painting devices and apps that help find the perfect color match

Technology means no more second guessing or winding up with 'what happened' walls

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A fresh coat of paint can liven up a space in just one afternoon, but finding the perfect shade — that one that matches what's on the wall, or a color you've eyed for some time — can be tricky. There are smart devices and apps, however, that can ensure the shade you imagine is the color that ends up in your home. Here are seven to get you started.

The Nix Pro Color Scanner works with iOS and Android devices The Nix Pro Color Scanner works with iOS and Android devicesNix

Nix Pro Color Sensor

Nix Pro Color Sensor is a small handheld tool that pairs with a mobile app that works on both iOS and Android devices. The $249 device works by scanning a color on a wall, or fabric, and provide readouts with side-by-side color comparison. Nix keeps records of someone's favorite colors in the app, and you can find matches to well-known painting brands.




The battery on Variable lasts for 5,000 scans The battery on Variable lasts for 5,000 scansVariable

Variable Color Muse

Variable Color Muse is a system that digitally matches colors captured via a device into an app. The scanning technique takes seconds, with the app searching from more than 2,000 colors. The battery lasts for 5,000 scans, so this $59.99 gadget is great for on-the-go use.



The Pico device matches swatches to 24 different paint brands The Pico device matches swatches to 24 different paint brandsPalette Pico

Palette Pico

Palette Pico matches colors to 24 different brands including some of the better known from Sherwin-Williams to Valspar, and from Gildden to Farrow & Ball. The $69 tiny device — it's no more than two-inches tall — works with one button, recording a color with a click of a button. Pico hangs from a lanyard, so it can be carried easily for work needs, and has a month-long battery life.



Sherwin-Williams own app, the ColorSnap Visualizer matches images to 1,500 different colors Sherwin-Williams own app, the ColorSnap Visualizer matches images to 1,500 different colorsColorSnap

ColorSnap Visualizer App

Sherwin-Williams' ColorSnap Visualizer is a free app (Apple and Google Play) is a must-have for paint matching by letting you virtually paint the walls through an augmented reality feature. The app can pull from 1,500 colors in the Sherwin-Williams paint library, matching against any photo on your smartphone. Zoom, rotate, scan, share, and even calculate how much paint you'll need with their convenient Paint Calculator.


The Valspar app matches to more than two million colors The Valspar app matches to more than two million colorsValspar

Valspar Pick-a-Paint

Valspar Pick-a-Paint matches to more than two million colors in its free iOS and Android app. Like the ColorSnap Visualizer, the Pick-a-Paint app only works with one brand, Valspar, but lets you select any color within a photo to match. Customers can also post their favorite colors through the app to get help from friends on which option they like too, or find color palettes for inspiration.


The ProjectColor app from The Home Depot works on both iOS and Android devices The ProjectColor app from The Home Depot works on both iOS and Android devicesThe Home Depot

The Home Depot ProjectColor App

Scan thousands of colors, purchase through the free app or at a The Home Depot store near you, and get painting with colors you can count on with The Home Depot ProjectColor App. The app works on both iOS and Android devices, letting customers browse through a wide range of shades, and then save them in the app. Customers can also virtually paint the color throughout their space through a virtual tool on the screen.


The Color Capture app works with Benjamin Moore paint to find a match The Color Capture app works with Benjamin Moore paint to find a matchBenjamin Moore

Color Capture Benjamin Moore & Co.

After snapping an image of a color through a smartphone, customers can match that to one of Benjamin Moore's 3,300+ paint colors via its free Color Capture app which works on iOS and Android devices. There's also a QR code scanner feature to help bring up faster color results, and access the Benjamin Moore catalogue. The app will also direct people to the closest Benjamin Moore store to pick up their find.


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