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Choosing Paint Colors Is A Snap

Tips For How To Choose Paint Colors

Are you still spending more time at home than before 2020? It may be time for a change of scenery. If traveling is not an option, a refresh of your home may be just what the doctor ordered. Updating your home’s pallet can infuse new life into your home and you.

Try Before You Buy

It’s fun to look at paint colors online and pick up swatches at the paint store. But how do you know if the colors you select will look as you expect? The paints preferred by Rosie himself and Rosie Right | Design. Build. Remodel. offer a variety of ways to test drive colors before committing to them.


Order up to 10 FREE 2″ x 3″ color chips.

Purchase repositionable 8″ x 8″ Peel & Stick samples to see how any of Sherwin-Williams’ colors will look and feel throughout a room. They are $3.95 each or any four or more $3.50 each.

Their ColorSnap™ apps take the guesswork out of picking paint colors.

ColorSnap™ Visualizer allows you to see what a color will look like in a room or the exterior of your home virtually before you commit. The app is free and works on iOS and AndroidiPad, and web.

ColorSnap™ Match is a low-cost mobile color scanning system. Scan a color on any product or surface and match it to the closest Sherwin-Williams paint color. Watch the instructional video.

The Snap It™ Button instantly turns any online image into a personalized paint palette. Select an image and instantly identify the Sherwin-Williams paint colors that correspond to the colors contained within the picture.

Benjamin Moore

Benjamin Moore is formulated for the professional painter. It is available for purchase by the public but is not available at your local home store. It needs to be purchased at Benjamin Moore store or online.

Color Swatch

Make color selection easy with a large, 4’’x 8’’ paint color swatch. A bigger representation of a single color, this useful tool allows you to view the color on the wall without picking up a paint brush. Simply tape the sample on your wall and view the color throughout the day. Swatches are $1.99 each.

Peel-and-Stick Paint Sample

Their 9” x 12” peel-and-stick color samples let you easily move color samples from room to room and observe in different lighting throughout your home. They cost $5.95 a sheet.

Pint of Paint

Purchase a pint of paint for $10.99. Select from more than 3,500 colors.

Personal Color Viewer ® allows you to explore what different colors look like in your space: Upload your own room photos or use their online sample rooms.


Upload a photo of your job to their Color Visualizer for a realistic visualization of color options. You can even order free large color swatches directly.

The Colors of the Year

Say ‘hello’ to the 2022 Colors of the Year.


Evergreen Fog is a green-gray mid-tone neutral that will warm up your space and welcome all the coziness that follows. It can be used anywhere, in any amount. Whether it is indoors or out, a full-colored wall, or a simple accent, this soothing green is big on versatility.

Benjamin Moore

October Mist, a gently shaded sage that quietly anchors a space, while encouraging individual expression through color.


Olive Sprig’s soft gray-green is soothing, like a fragrant plant, reminiscent of the natural world; it brightens any space with an organic liveliness. It is inside or out, the perfect refresh.

You may want to pair these colors with Pantone’s 2022 Color of the Year, Very Peri, a blue hue (think periwinkle) whose whimsicality lends itself to unpredictable color harmonies and spontaneous color statements.

Pro Tip: Keep in mind that when you have paint sample stickers or cards, the color is printed with ink and not paint. Therefore, the actual color in the can may differ from the swatch. When you narrow down your color choices, get an actual paint sample and paint a test area with as many coats and prep as you would for a whole wall. Look at the color throughout the day and in different light. It’s easier and less expansive to change a sample spot that you don’t like than a whole room.

Something Extra

If you have a few projects coming down the pipeline, consider joining one or all of the manufacturer’s customer programs.

Sherwin-Williams’ Paint Perks includes:

Idea Inbox

Receive sales alerts, tips, and ideas in your inbox, as well as their Color to Color™ videos and interactive magazine.


Receive a special gift for your home anniversary via email.


Save 10 percent every day on paints, stains, and supplies.

Special Sale Notifications

Receive invitations to their exclusive sales.

Your Paint History

A 10-year history of your color and paint purchases will be available if you need more of a previous color and finish down the road.

PPG publishes a Deal of the Week flyer. Check that out before buying your materials.

To DIY or Not To DIY

Paint commercials make painting look so easy and fun — and it can be if you have the knowledge, patience, and skills of a professional painter. Otherwise, your DIY paint job will look like a “DIY” paint job.

Even if you choose the right paint, it must be properly applied. Many DIYers don’t let the paint completely dry before applying another coat, and they don’t cover the walls thoroughly. They also underestimate the challenge involved in painting straight lines between areas with different colors or in painting archways and niches. Some folks just skip the taping part of the process because it is time-consuming and requires accuracy – and it shows.

If you are not a perfectionist, consider leaving the paint jobs to the professionals.

The contractor you hire should be knowledgeable about diverse types of paints, trending colors, surfaces, and skilled at taping and painting, particularly in tough areas such as doors, jambs, and baseboards. A skilled professional painter will not leave brush strokes after the paint dries.

For special touches like faux painting or glazes, hiring a contractor is far less risky than doing it yourself. Homeowners who try this type of work using kits bought from home improvement stores can be disappointed with the results.

An experienced contractor specializing in faux work and glazing can also help match the colors in a piece of furniture or a picture in a magazine.

If you decide to hire a professional painting contractor, be sure they are licensed, bonded, and insured. Verify the license status of any potential contractor through the Arizona Registrar of Contractors (ROC).

Whether you DIY or hire a professional, be sure to read Rosie’s Painting Consumer Guide before starting any painting project.

If you are still not sure how to choose the right color and finish for your project, or you want the opinion of a designer, contact the manufacturer’s consultants. They are available on online.

By following these guidelines and using the color selection tools, you can transform and give new life to any room or space.

**Prices effective as of February 1, 2022.



Choosing the right color before you paint used to be a chore. Not anymore thanks to Sherwin Williams! We chat about their peel and stick sample colors and their Colorsnap Visualizer App which takes away most of the work in color selection. The app can visualize the many different shades of color to help make your decision and avoid realizing color mistakes after the project is done. Plus, e cover listener questions on building a storage shed, a neighbor’s leaking planter on a block wall, painting estimates on HOA homes and more mystery home sounds!


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