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Test drive paint colors

Tips & Tools

If you’re picky about color, it pays to “testdrive” a few different selections before you slap something on the wall. If you don’t, you just might end up painting the same room twice. Or, if you’re super anal, three times. Hypothetically speaking of course.

Paint My Place

Every paint site seems to have their own tool, some more sophisticated than others.  But not too many let you use your own photos, so it’s more of a “hey, that’d look good in this room that looks a teeny bit like my room, if you squint and tilt your head” scenario. But Behr’s newest tool, Paint Your Place, lets you upload your own photos. For $4.95 a year, you get unlimited access. It’s not free, but it’s not going to break your budget and that’s far cheaper than an extra gallon of primer to cover up the color you thought you liked.

This is great for those who want a good visual before they commit, but aren’t great with Photoshop mockups. Plus, once you hit on some combos you like you can order color swatches and 8-ounce paint samples for home delivery. Handy!

If you’re planning on painting anytime soon, you might be interested in our helpful Painting Tips post as well.

Comments, Thoughts, and Feedback

casacaudill had this to say on 09.15.07:

that tool would have been great when we were getting ready to paint our dining room since we ended up with a behr color.

housegirrl had this to say on 09.16.07:

That is pretty amazing! And I thought I was being really savvy when I used the Behr paint computer there at Home Depot…

DASinNYC had this to say on 09.18.07:

check out the site you can view all colors across all the brands on your screen and they will sell you a pint size can in anycolor you want to test it out. They will also modify it for you lighter or darker by diffrent percentages at check out. They aslo have top selling lists which helps in picking out colors. anyway great topic thanks

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