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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, which enables you to upload photos you love and it will automatically create a color palette.



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,, 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:


#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.

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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.

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iHandy Carpenter

Price: $1.99

iTunes average user rating 4.5 stars

This diy carpenter’s toolkit includes 5 great tools.

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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! team stated it was a steal at $0.99 and now it is free.

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Masters Home Improvement

Price: Free

iTunes average user rating 4.5 stars

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


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!

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Price: Free

iTunes average user rating 5 stars

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

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Good HousekeepingGood Housekeeping App

Price: Free

iTunes average user rating 4 stars

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

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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

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Remodelista Lite Remodelista Lite

Price: Free ($2.99 paid App also available)

iTunes user average review of 4.0 stars

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GE Mood Cam

Price: Free

iTunes user average review of 2.5 stars

Edit the lighting in your rooms.

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Price: Free

iTunes average user rating of 4.0 stars

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Price: Free

iTunes average user rating of 2.0 stars

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Paint Colors That Will Sell Your House Faster by guest contributor Claire Flint

Selling a house isn’t as easy as just putting a “For Sale” sign in your yard. In order to attract buyers, you need to make your property look really good to convince people to buy. You have to make sure that your yard looks nice and that the interior of your home looks elegant or cozy, depending on what kind of ambiance you’d like to convey. Sometimes, professional property sellers even put cookies in the oven so that when would-be buyers come inside a house, they’d be met with the wonderful, homey, and delicious aroma of baked goods. This is what’s known in real estate as “home staging.” One part of home staging is making sure that your home is painted with colors that will be attractive to possible buyers.

Why Is Color Important?

Color serves as the backdrop for all furniture and home accessories. It’s important to choose a color palette that’s not only attractive, but something that also expresses the atmosphere that you’d like to create. Color can also be used to create visual effects. Some shades, for instance, make a room look smaller, while others can make a small space look more spacious. There are also different paint colors or painting styles that one can use to create an optical illusion that will make the ceiling look higher, for instance.

What Colors to Use on a House for Sale

Different colors attract different kinds of people. Also, the paint colors that you should use must be acceptable or be very appealing to the locals. The reason for this is that individuals have varied tastes, and people’s preferences can be very dissimilar from each other. For example, peach and other bright exterior paint colors may be okay in Florida, but those living in, say, New York or Chicago may balk at the sight of a very colorful house.

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So, what are the best colors to use if you want to sell your home quickly? Here are a few suggestions.

1. Neutrals

Maybe you’re thinking that beige or white is so boring. These are really very safe colors, but they’re not boring if you take advantage of the nice backdrop that such colors can provide. Neutrals go well with anything, and, with such tones, you could readily use furniture or home accessories with vivid hues. There are actually various shades to choose from too. Beige isn’t just beige. There’s French beige, ecru, desert sand, and others. Furthermore, mellow neutral colors are not offensive. They are quite calming and they don’t distract from the focal selling points of your home.

2. White, Beige, and Brown

Neutral colors, like white and beige, can be paired with darker brown. This color combination is a very popular option for home exteriors. Using such colors will be really nice if your house is surrounded by lush greenery, trees, or beautiful landscape.

3. Bold, Contrasting Colors

It’s a must to consider the style of your home before choosing paint color. Muted colors work really well with modern-style houses. However, if you’re selling a Victorian-era house, opt for bolder hues for the exterior. Gray-blue and rustic red can be used with white, for example. Different shades of green, from light to deep, woodsy tones, are also good choices.

4. Earth Tones

Earth tones complement wood and other natural materials. If your home is filled with wicker, rattan or bamboo furniture, opt for coffee or earth tones. These also look really good with hardwood floors.

5. Orange, Yellow and Red

Kitchens need to exude an airy and happy atmosphere, especially because this is where families gather to celebrate food and life. Choose cheery colors, like orange, yellow or red, and make sure to have a lot of natural light too.

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Claire Flint is a freelance writer who has done a lot of research about home improvement and real estate. She often tackles issues regarding interior decoration, DIY projects, and home selling, and some of her articles have been used by Hayden Homes.

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