I like picking colors. I don't do it very often and so it takes a bit of effort to get my head into it. This can be frustrating when only one color needs selecting, especially if the color isn't very important. Well, now there is an app for that.
Color Snap is an App provided by Sherwin Williams for free. And while it can do much more, I love the way it makes simple work of picking that one color. Here is how I make use of it.
Let's say you want to pick an accent color. Take a picture that shows the current color. Point to the color in the photo to select it. The app matches it to the closest color in the system. From there you can look at four coordinating colors. The colors seem to be two pairs, each pair containing one lighter color and one darker color. (See the bottom photos.) Select one of the colors. Done.
Another approach, using the iPad app, after you have 'pulled' a color from your photo; you can select it to see its details. This will include a list of any 'collections' that include it. From there select 'Explore Color' and select one of the collections to see other colors that are part of the collection. The collection will contain several colors that "go with" your starting color, but not all will be great choices. Some discernment is required.
By the way, there is an iPad app as well as an iPhone app. They are very similar but the features are more numerous on the iPad version.
- Explore color - For both iPhone and iPad. Pick a color and get colors that harmonize with it
- Match a photo. For both iPhone and iPad. Take or select a photo and pick a sample of color. Then four complementary colors are available.
- Paint a scene. For iPad only. Take a picture, outline areas and apply colors
- Paint calculator. For iPad only. Provide the area and the number of gallons is calculated.
- Store locator. For both iPhone and iPad. Use your location or enter a zip code and get a map or list of locations nearby.
- Product Guide. For iPad only. Explore Sherwin-Williams' products.
Since the App is free, I suggest getting it and playing around with it to see if it is a 'keeper'.