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Choosing Colors

When it’s time to make a change to your home, a new paint color is one of the easiest ways to make a bold difference. Let your creative side out! There are more helpful tools and brochures at your fingertips now than ever before. You’ll find stripe cards, brochures, online tools and mobile apps that will help you visualize your colors both in-person and digitally. Here are some tips to help you as you begin your color selection journey.

Each room is unique. It has a purpose. It has a style. It has a mood. Do you plan to keep your antique armoire, or are you getting all new modern furniture? What do you want to change? Maybe you’ll want to highlight architectural features such as a unique doorway arch or architectural columns with
an accent color.

Consider emphasizing one part of the room with an accent wall painted a strikingly different hue. Remember, there are no rules that the entire room has to be all one color.

There are many resources for décor and color inspiration, both online and in-print. Your local Home Depot is stocked with Behr’s brochures that will get you started with coordinating color ideas, style tips, and practical how-to advice.

For more in-depth design and color advice, visit the behr.com website. Behr's Design Advice Articles encompass a variety of color and style topics.

Whether you’re interested in a specific color palette, looking for the latest color trends for your teen’s bedroom, or wondering how color can add whimsy to a bathroom, the Design Advice Articles are a great resource for inspiration.

Want to know how your favorite influencers use color? Take a look at Behr's Designer Stories for DIY projects done by home decor bloggers. From furniture, to rooms, to decor -- you'll discover how easy it is to use paint to upcycle and refresh your home.

Behr's Inspiration Gallery is another great resource. The Behr Inspiration Gallery features room and house photos that will spark your creative side and inspire you with the
possibilities of color.

View our slideshow of rooms and houses painted in coordinating color palettes and be motivated with new ways to use color.

Take your color ideas a step further by using the ColorSmart by BEHR® visualizer tool. Click a color then click a wall to preview your colors in a room setting. Or preview colors in your own room photo using Paint Your Place®.

You’ll be able to see how your main color coordinates with your accent colors, modify your choices, and create the perfect color palette. You’ll be more confident about your color choices after previewing them on the visualizer.

The ColorSmart by BEHR® mobile app for smart phones and tablets offers the features you’ll find online! Do you like the paint color you saw in a restaurant? On the ColorSmart by BEHR® app, just take a picture of the wall and the Photo Match feature will tell you which Behr color it’s closest to. From your mobile device, you can browse through various room photos and test out different color combinations with just a tap of your finger.

Save your favorite colors and photos in your app workbook, and share them on Twitter and Facebook to get your friends’ opinions. The app also allows you to calculate how much paint you need for a given room, and even helps you locate the nearest Home Depot store, making it easy to pick up some samples on your way home. The ColorSmart by BEHR® app is available for download at no cost, for iPhone, iPad and Android devices.

Home renovators just like you are sharing their stories and photos of how they successfully turned around a room using color from Behr. Join in and share your experience on our Facebook
or Twitter pages.

Now that you have some ideas and have narrowed down the list to your top choices, it’s time to try them out. Head to Home Depot to purchase paint samples, or order them online and get them shipped to you. It’s important to try out your colors on your walls. A stripe card shows the colors beautifully, but seeing the paint on your walls is a more realistic way to see how attractive Piggy Bank P130-1 looks in your daughter’s nursery, or how Orange Liqueur M210-6 looks in your living room. Look at the paint in natural light during the day, and with your installed lighting system at night, since lighting changes the way you see the color.

Wasn’t that fun? With a freshly painted home in new, custom-chosen colors, you are now a color expert. Don’t be surprised when your friends start asking you for advice. Now’s the time to sit back, and appreciate what
you’ve accomplished.