"Painting Tools You Can Use"

Have you ever been ready to jump into decorating a room and been totally at a lost for where to begin?  You know, you're hungry for a change, but you're just not sure where to start.  For most people wall color is a logical starting point, but that simply leads to the biggest question of all, what color?

I must admit, I'm not exactly a Sherwin Williams customer, but after researching and trying out some of their latest tools, I may just be a convert.

So let's say you have an empty room...



I typically begin with an inspiration piece.  Sometimes it's a fabric, sometimes it's art and other times it's based on a piece of furniture or large accessory that I know I'll be using in the space.  Whatever the jumping off point, Sherwin Williams' new Chip It! tool allows you to cut and paste a web location (html) and it will generate all the colors in the inspiration piece that you've uploaded.  For example,  I saw this pillow on the web....
Mecox Gardens



Absolutely stunning, but terribly expensive.  Nevertheless, a great inspiration piece for an entire room scheme.  So, I simply cut and pasted the website address for the pillow onto the Chip It program and viola!


The program generates an entire scheme with perfectly matched colors from the Sherwin Williams collection to make paint color selection a no brainer.  What I like even more is the added bonus of having this super cool palette to carry around when shopping for bedding, furniture, drapes, rugs, accessories etc.... 
Seriously, it's like decorating for dummies.  Love it!

And no need to stop at pillows, if there's a picture on the web that speaks to you, you can upload it. 

A fun wallpaper....

A sunset.....


The sky is the limit, literally.  

Ok, now let's say you already have an inspiration and it's not a photo on the web.  Maybe it's a fabric you picked up from the $5 Fabric Lady at Metrolina Expo.  You can download the Sherwin Williams Color Snap App and simply snap a photo (or use a saved one) and the app will color match any color in the photo.  For example,
I recently used this fabric in a client's living room....





Had I needed to select a paint color, I could've used the Color Snap app to match any color in this print.  You simply touch the colors in your photo and the app selects the perfect match to whatever you touch.  Fabulous!




Sherwin Williams has several other tools, but by far these two are my favorites.  I love technology.  Anyway, like I said, I may just be a convert. 






5 Comments - Click here to join the conversation!:

Anonymous said...

That sunset photo/color scheme is cool. I want that. Going to have to save some more in my home improvement budget. Lol. Mike.

Anonymous said...

That sunset photo/color scheme is cool. I want that. Going to have to save some more in my home improvement budget. Lol. Mike.

MissJenee said...

Those are gorgeous!!

Dwell by Cheryl said...

Thanks! And Michael I can totally see you using that scheme in your home.

Anonymous said...

Great tips. Thanks. I need to check these tools out.

Vanessa

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