Software to Help Choose Siding Colors

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Color visualization software takes the guesswork out of choosing a siding color.
Color visualization software takes the guesswork out of choosing a siding color. (Image: house image by Byron Moore from Fotolia.com)

Homeowners no longer have to choose siding colors arbitrarily from a catalog without first seeing how the final product will look on the outside of their home. Online paint visualization software conveniently allows homeowners to either upload their own photos or choose from standard photos similar to their own home to create a new image using different color choices. These software programs are billed for painting but can be repurposed to help choose siding color as well.

Bobvila.com Paint Designer Version 2.0

BobVila.com's Paint Designer Version 2.0 is an interior and exterior paint color visualization tool. Users can choose between six pre-set home designs—Colonial, Cape Cod, country, ranch, traditional and contemporary—to most closely match their own home. From there, users can customize the main color, door color, trim color and accent color with endless variations. Users can also adjust value and intensity for each shade, mark their favorite combinations, email ideas to a friend and print their color creations.

Sherwin-Williams Color Visualizer

Sherwin-Williams Color Visualizer features 1,500 colors, room scenes and exteriors that can be easily manipulated to create an endless stream of decorating ideas. Homeowners who wish to use this software to decide on an exterior siding color can use the pre-set exterior scenes or upload their own photos. Exterior scene options include Colonial, craftsman, French country, ranch, Victorian and Spanish revival-style homes. Users can select the home closest to their own and choose and customize a color palette. Saving scene and colors to favorites, printing, emailing and downloading the scenes are additional options.

ColorJive

Colorjive is a very straightforward color visualization software program that simply lets users upload original photos of their home and select areas of the photo to modify color. Users can choose between palettes created under the ColourLovers, Benjamin Moore and Sherwin-Williams brands using tools that allow users to drop color onto large areas as well as smaller, irregular spaces such as corners and edges. Mistakes can be easily erased or undone, color choices changed or discarded and finished photos can be saved, shared or downloaded. ColorJive is free to try; however, repeat users can sign up for a premium or professional account costing between $15 and $75, depending on the additional features. Upgraded accounts include online support and increased project save options.

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