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Tips to picking your new paint color

Is it time for a change? Painting your home, furniture or kitchen is a great way to not only refresh your home, but you! Here are our tips to help you on your journey!

#1 Selecting a color palette

Most of the leading paint manufacturers have suggested color palettes available to view on their website. However, a fabulous online tool is letschipit.com, which enables you to upload photos you love and it will automatically create a color palette.

Credit: addicted2decorating.com

Credit: addicted2decorating.com

Once you have your color palette narrowed down, create a cohesive look by following the 60-30-10 rule:

  • 60 percent primary color (ie. walls),
  • 30 percent secondary color (ie. a feature wall, furniture etc)
  • 10 percent accent color (ie. trim, skirting etc)

#2 Virtually paint your room and more

Upload a photo of your room, to the Paint My Place App, to virtually test out your selected color palette. This 4.5* virtual decorator has been featured by realestate.com.au, homefinder.com, news.com.au plus numerous other publications, app review sites and bloggers.

Either use the bucket tool for an intuitive instant paint job or utilise the paintbrush tool. Ensure you play around with the tolerance and opacity for a perfect finish.

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#3 Selecting your paint base

This is a great photo that provides an easy guide to selecting a paint finish:

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#4 Save money and only buy sample pots for your shortlisted colors

Rather than directly paint onto your walls, it is recommended to paint onto large sample boards or heavy duty paper, allowing you to see the color in different areas of your room, as light and shadow is different throughout your space.

Also, paint a sample board or heavy duty paper, pure white, as this contrasted against your colored sample boards will assist in clearly seeing the tone. (eg: I paint my front façade a dark ‘grey’ however once painted it had a lot of blue in it)

Leave the boards on your walls for a few days, so you can consider the paint color under different lighting and at night.

Start Painting!

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Home Improvement Apps to save you time and money

Globally, the popularity of home improvement TV shows and magazines suggest that many of us are interested in interior design and renovation. In the USA alone, the home improvement product market is expected to hit $287 billion in 2013, according to the Home Improvement Research Institute.There are thousands of Apps on the market that provide assistance and cost savings in planning a cosmetic or extensive makeover to your home.

Tried and tested Apps we recommend:

My Measures & Dimensions My Measure App

Price: $2.99

iTunes average user rating 4 stars

My Measures is a best application for storing and sharing object dimensions! With more than 4 million users worldwide My Measures is a industry standard for real estate agents, engineers, carpenters, architects, auction sellers, construction workers, landscapers, DIY, home renovation, hobby …

It is super easy to use. Just take a photo, add arrows, angles, text or notes. Now the measures are stored and always in your pocket wherever you go.

Download >  https://itunes.apple.com/app/id325962257

iHandy Carpenter

Price: $1.99

iTunes average user rating 4.5 stars

This diy carpenter’s toolkit includes 5 great tools.

Download > https://itunes.apple.com/app/id293621500

Paint My Place Paint My Place App

Price: Free

iTunes average user rating 4.5 stars

Dump those paint swatches & sample tins for good. Fun & Easy! Virtually paint your home inside & out using real brand name paints & suggested palettes. Simply capture a photo of your home & start painting today for Free! theiphoneappreview.com team stated it was a steal at $0.99 and now it is free.

Download >  https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/paint-my-place-realistic-color/id633043691?mt=8

Masters Home Improvement

Price: Free

iTunes average user rating 4.5 stars

Browse & buy 30,000 home improvement products over 19 categories

Download> https://itunes.apple.com/app/id603348647

Home Depot Pro App – For Contractors & Construction Professionals

Price: Free

iTunes average user rating 4.5 stars

Whether you’re a general contractor, builder, painter, carpenter, roofer, plumber or other construction pro, The Home Depot Pro app’s contractor-grade features are tools that can help you run your business, jobs, and projects more effectively. I’d recommend this to consumers aswell!

Download >  https://itunes.apple.com/app/id600100369

Houzz

Price: Free

iTunes average user rating 5 stars

We really don’t need to say anything, as this is the App to inspire!

Download >  https://itunes.apple.com/app/id399563465

Good HousekeepingGood Housekeeping App

Price: Free

iTunes average user rating 4 stars

Packed with ideas and tutorials to improve and maintain your home.

Download > https://itunes.apple.com/app/id397509781

 

Five Apps that have been recommended to us by our Facebook fans!

MySurface by DuPont

Price: Free

iTunes user average rating of 2.5 stars

Download > https://itunes.apple.com/app/id330855040

Remodelista Lite Remodelista Lite

Price: Free ($2.99 paid App also available)

iTunes user average review of 4.0 stars

Download > https://itunes.apple.com/app/id394033953

GE Mood Cam

Price: Free

iTunes user average review of 2.5 stars

Edit the lighting in your rooms.

Download > https://itunes.apple.com/app/id369181839

DrapeStyle

Price: Free

iTunes average user rating of 4.0 stars

Download > https://itunes.apple.com/app/id525658194

ColorSnap

Price: Free

iTunes average user rating of 2.0 stars

Download > https://itunes.apple.com/app/id316256242

Can you recommend other home improvement Apps? Drop us a line at promo@paintmyplace.mobi.

This week’s 21 diy and repurpose projects

Here we share some inspiration for improving your home.

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21 fab diy and repurpose projects

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