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Apps to Find the Perfect Room Color

Apps sure can come in handy! For example: It can be a major bummer to paint a room and not be happy with the results – you either are stuck living with a color you don’t like or spend more money and time repainting.

A number of apps can help you see what a new color will look like before you even head to the store.

TapPainter makes it super easy to plan painting projects. Take a picture of the room or wall you want to paint and select from the thousands of available colors to see on your screen what the new color could eventually look like on your walls. Then, simply go to your closest paint or hardware store to find the color you like. TapPainter is $2.99 for iOS.

Project Color by The Home Depot is designed to get you into Home Depot stores, but that doesn’t matter if you just want to see how your painting project will look. Simply upload or take a picture and then scroll through thousands of potential colors. You can even see how different kinds of light like sun or low-lighting will affect how new colors may look – giving it more of a realistic look. The app is free for iOS and Android.

ColorSnap Visualizer from Sherwin-Williams is a cool app that can help you almost perfectly color coordinate photos, painting, or just about anything with paint colors. Take a picture and the app scans colors available from Sherwin-Williams. The app is free for iOS and Android.

Mike is a veteran journalist whose video "PC Mike" reports have been distributed weekly to all 215 NBC-TV stations since 1994, making him one of the most experienced tech reporters in the country. His tech stories and videos have appeared on MSNBC, CNBC, the Today Show, The New York Times, USA Today and in numerous national newspapers and magazines. In addition to the PC Mike tech blog, he also publishes the Roadtreking.com RV Travel Blog in which he travels North America in an RV reporting about interesting people and places.