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If you’re thinking about making over a room, or if you’re choosing a palette for a new room, online paint tools are a great place to start. They can give you ideas and inspiration that in-store paint samples can’t. These are a few of my favorite online paint tools at the moment.

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Design Seeds is full of color palettes taken from creator Jessica Colaluca’s daily inspirations. This site is useful if you don’t have any initial color ideas. You can search by color value or theme–like seaside, nature, poppy. Jessica creates new palettes often, so the site always has new ideas.

colour lovers

COLOURLovers is one our newest partners. The site takes images from Living and matches the correct Martha Stewart paint colors at Home Depot to the colors in the room. It’s also fun to browse the Martha palettes users have created. You can see some of our color palettes here.

home depot

Home Depot’s Home Inspiration tool lets you virtually paint walls with Home Depot paints to get a better idea of what the room will look like as a whole. When you choose the first color, it also gives you suggestions for other colors that make a great palette.

pantone moods

The Pantone mood selector helps choose keywords that describe the mood you want your room to feel, from dramatic to elegant or earthy. You can even mix and match moods–like graceful and imaginative–to create a custom mood palette.

It’s fun to play around with the programs these sites offer. If you’re not repainting a room, try matching the color of your wall to other palettes, then you can bring that color into your room through decorative pillows, art, or another small object.

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