Interactive Tools for Choosing Exterior House Color

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Use an online interactive tool to guide you in choosing paint colors.
Use an online interactive tool to guide you in choosing paint colors. (Image: house image by Earl Robbins from Fotolia.com)

The ability to see paint colors on your home exterior before you actually paint can save a lot of money. Interactive paint tools give you the option to view an endless amount of color combinations before purchasing the paint. Most paint manufacturers and some home experts offer free tools on their websites to assist you in choosing exterior house paint colors.

Benjamin Moore Personal Color Viewer

Benjamin Moore's Personal Color Viewer, a paint tool accessible online, shows users how paint colors will look on the outside of their home. Use one of their sample home exterior photos or upload one of your own. Pick your body, trim and accent colors on the tool to view how they should look painted on your home. Learn about color basics such as the color wheel and color psychology–through tutorials provided with the tool.

Sherwin-Williams Color Visualizer

The Sherwin-Williams Color Visualizer, available online, allows you to upload an exterior home photo or use one of their sample home styles which include arts and crafts, french country, colonial, ranch, spanish revival and victorian. Choose from among any Sherwin-Williams palette colors to select your wall, trim, door and accent colors. Search by color name or scroll through various palette colors. When you click on a color, its name and number appear along with its collection and color family name.

Bob Vila's Paint Designer

Home repair expert Bob Vila has created an interior and exterior paint visualization tool named Paint Designer. This tool offers six different house styles. It gives you the option to choose the primary house color along with trim, casing, door and accent colors. Choose from among several house styles including colonial, cape code and contemporary. Scroll through a gallery of color palettes which offer complimentary color palettes. Use the integrated exterior paint estimator to determine the price for your painting project.

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