Disclaimer: I am not being paid to endorse this app.
Can I get a shout out from all my DIY-ers? Because I stumbled across something last night that has completely blown my mind. It’s an app called, Paint Harmony, although there are two versions. One, Paint Harmony, which costs .99 and a free version called, Paint Harmony Lite.
I have been muckin’ around with this thing all night and mornin’. First, let me give you a little back story . . .
Room by room, we have been painting and remodeling our house. The paint, choosing and doing, falls on me. Now, in the past, I have easily walked into any of my friend’s homes and chosen a color quicker than a cowboy draws his gun— with no anxiety and with absolute ease. My friends or family — whichever one I was doing it for— fell in love with whatever I chose and there were never any regrets.
Who’d a thunk that, that amazing ability would completely fail me when I tried to do it for myself and in my own home. Believe me when I say, the moment I stood in the Paint isle trying to choose a color for a room of my own, all of my securities went right out the window. I was suddenly struck dumbfounded, without a bit of taste—shaking and nervous like an alcoholic tryin’ to dry out—and I don’t even drink, folks! Though, choosing a paint color made me want too.
Think I’m jokin’?
You don’t want to know how many times I have painted my living room. You just don’t want to know. I don’t want to admit it. I really don’t. All I can say is, I tried everything— bringing home color sample cards, meditating on them for months at a time, buying paint samples, matching accent pillows, pictures or furniture. Whatever I did or tried, rest assured that even though I finally felt sure of my choice when I chose it, after I went through the headache of putting it on my Walls, not a week later, I wanted to put my size seven and a half foot right up my bum for bein’ so stupid.
Argh! Just aggravating.
Until now . . . .
While cruising the app store last night for Lowes, I stumbled onto Paint Harmony. I didn’t get too excited. I downloaded the Free-version expecting the same nightmare I get regularly when downloading apps. They promise one thing but it usually never delivers. It freezes or you only get so many features—never enough to know if you love it but because it’s not enough, you are forced to hate it— or it’s a headache to work out.
Kick the Rooster, not this time!
I’ve taken screen shots of what I did, but basically, you take a picture of the room you want to paint— in this case, I did my bedroom— a room I have struggled with painting for too many years. Is this color the right choice? Is that? Dear God, what do I do?
Well, all I HAD to do was take a picture (see first pic below—the dreaded white walls) and then choose a color.
BAM! PRESTO! I got to see what my room will look like with that color or ANY color I am thinking about using. Isn’t that awesome? I didn’t even have to outline or crop my wall. Sure, the paint bled into my lamp a little but the main focal point—the wall and the color—is totally there to help me make a decision.
The only main difference between the FREE version and the .99 cent one is (I’m sure there are more)— the .99 cent has different Paint brands that you can buy at Lowes, Wal-Mart and wherever else. We all know that each paint brand has a different name for every color— so I am going to buy the .99 cent one for sure and take some of this wicked anxiety out of what I do for so many others with true ease and start easily doing it for myself— choosing a dang color for my walls already!I also think you can color walls differently too. If the Free one has that feature, I apologize. I haven’t found it yet. Also in the Free—there isn’t a way to load a picture straight from your Pic-file. I had to take it with the Camera option and then once I closed out, there was no way of pulling it back up.
But don’t take my word for it— TRY the free version and see what you think. Let me know because as of today, I am in Paint Bucket bliss!
Again, I’m not being paid to endorse this app—I’m just thrilled about it!