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Paint color apps and other digital tools are great at helping you preview color combinations. Especially helpful are the house paint color apps to use on your own house (interiors and exteriors) before spending a lot of money on paint and labor. For many years, these tools have been offered to professionals by the paint companies. Now, the market is wide open. The house paint colors software, online tools, and paint color match apps listed here are inexpensive, and most are free. Use these digital painting tools to explore possibilities—with or without your smartphone.

Master artists know color, and Loomatix knows this—the company even uses Van Gogh in their advertising. Remember the color of that incredible sunset, when the light bounced off the clouds and the sky became an amazing shade of blue with swirls of cayenne? Wouldn’t that look amazing in the kids’ bedroom? Or what about capturing that shade of green you saw along the walls on that cottage in Notting Hill? Or the sky in a Vincent Van Gogh painting? Now, with the Loomatix Color Grab app and a smartphone, anyone can point to the natural world and capture that color in digital code. It’s a free download, and they keep pushing the envelope to develop new products.

Benjamin Moore Personal Color Viewer

The giant paint manufacturer Benjamine Moore has some nifty products for professionals and do-it-yourselfers. The Personal Color Viewer is a free paint color visualizer tool that lets you sample the look of interior or exterior color in your home. See how it works with one of their photos—bathroom, bedroom, kitchen, or exterior siding. They’re all there. Then, if you register to use it, upload your own photo to see different colors on the walls of your own space. With this application, the Benjamin Moore Factory has you covered.