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by | Sep 19, 2016 | Housing Trends |

Paint is one of the cheapest and easiest ways to improve the look of your home or to make a statement, but no one wants to repeat the actual process over and over, hoping they find the right shade. Now there’s an easier way! Virtual painting apps.

Although I’m not an avid technophile, I do enjoy apps that make projects simpler, while saving me time and money. That is why I love painting apps for home improvement projects.

No need to stand in front of that wall of color swatch cards at the local home improvement store, squinting at a small inch of color and trying to imagine how it will look in your space. Now, you can grab our phone or tablet and use a virtual painting app to test out colors on a photo of your room. Instead of wondering if the small paint chip at the store will make a statement in your home, you can now know instantly.

I’ve tested out the apps, and love “Paint Tester,” available in the App Store for free or the low-cost Pro version. This app does a great job of automatically taking the lighting and shading of a room into consideration, which results in a more realistic image. The app also saves the pictures for you to view later and provides a swatch of color to take to your local paint store.

If you’re ready to start putting your personal stamp on your new home, or just freshening up your old space, give one of these paint apps a try. If you have a teen in your household, this is a great task to assign to them. It’s a perfect way to get them involved in making the new house their home (and they’ll probably be able to work the app faster than you anyway).

You can make the exact same room feel small and cozy, expansive and refined, or eclectic and fun-loving with just a gallon or two of paint.  It can make a dated room look stylish – we all knew that; what amazes me even more is how it can have the opposite effect. A poor color choice can take a room from gorgeous to dowdy in seconds and I’d much rather find this out on a phone app than after a full Saturday of painting the color on the walls in real life.

If you’re preparing your home for sale, neutrals rule. However, if you’re planning to be in your home for a while, have a little fun and choose what you like. Color trends will come and go, so pick color combinations that makes you feel great. You can always repaint to the neutral-of-the-day when you’re ready to sell later.

About Beth Peele

Beth Peele is a full-time sales associate of the Fonville Morisey Realty Preston office.

As a Triangle native with an extensive legal background, Beth knows the area and how to guarantee her clients a great deal.

Beth is a member of the Raleigh Association of REALTORS®, the North Carolina Association of REALTORS®, and the National Association of REALTORS®.

Fonville Morisey Realty has 11 sales offices, with over 850 associates and employees throughout the Greater Triangle region.  FM offers mortgage, insurance, property management, title services, real estate education courses and relocation services through its divisions and partners. For more information about Fonville Morisey Realty, visit