The 5 Best Color Matching Apps for iOS and Android

Find the most useful paint matching app for your device

Need help finding the right colors to paint your walls? We compiled a list of the best paint color matching apps for iOS and Android to help make sure you get the colors you need.

Due to variations in screen quality and other factors, the colors you see on these apps will rarely look exactly how the paint will appear on your wall. Use the apps in conjunction with color cards from your paint retailer, and start by painting a small area to make sure you have the color you want.

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Handiest Color Palette Creator: ColorSnap Visualizer

The Colorsnap app for Android
What We Like
  • The process is quick and easy.

  • 1,500 colors to choose from.

  • Save the colors you like.

What We Don't Like
  • Paint color may show up on all objects in the scene.

  • Doesn't always work great on textured walls.

This free app allows you to snap a photo of a part of your house and turn the colors into a palette. Next, snap a photo of a room where you want to paint the wall and try out the palette colors in the scene. You can even share your masterpiece with friends online. Finally, explore similar colors to make sure you pick just the right shade and get information about coordinating colors.

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Most Accurate Color Grabber: Nix Paints

The Nix Paints app for Android
What We Like
  • Accurate color matching.

  • Get color schemes to match the color you grab.

  • Include notes for each color sample.

What We Don't Like
  • Only works with the Nix sensor.

  • Must download a separate app (Nix Digital) to get digital color values.

Use this app in conjunction with the Nix Mini Color Sensor to "grab" colors from any surface or photo. When you place the sensor on the surface, the app displays the exact color. Then, you can search a variety of paint brands to find the best match and locate the closest store to purchase it.

You have the option to save scanned colors for future use, and you can also use the color matching function for graphic design projects. The app is free, but it only works with the sensor.

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Fastest Color Finder: ColorSmart

The Colorsmart app for Android
What We Like
  • Color matching feature helps you coordinate choices.

  • Save favorite colors or images to reference later.

  • Share projects on social media.

What We Don't Like
  • Color cards may still be needed to verify colors.

  • Only includes BEHR brand paints.

Remember going to the hardware store and selecting paper cards with variations of paint colors to take home? Now you don’t have to leave your house to find the perfect color for your next room painting project. Download this free app and discover new colors and preview your choices in room scenes. The app only includes colors from the BEHR brand, which is sold exclusively at Home Depot.

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Best Paint Project Planner: Color Capture

The Color Capture app for iOS

Benjamin Moore & Co

What We Like
  • Save photos and corresponding colors together.

  • Product catalog helps you find the right paint for your project.

What We Don't Like
  • Can't view color combinations together.

  • Only available for iOS (no Android version).

If you like Benjamin Moore paint, this app is a good companion. Use it to snap a photo of any object of a color you like, then find out which paint color most closely matches it. Save colors, add notes, and share with friends with this free tool. You can also explore color combinations and locate the nearest retailer.

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Easiest Room Color Tester: Paint Tester

The Paint Tester app for Android
What We Like
  • Adjust the brightness to account for lighting conditions.

  • Save images to continue work later.

  • Includes color palettes.

What We Don't Like
  • Doesn't include specific paint products.

  • Doesn't have an Undo button.

This free app does exactly what the name suggests: It tests different colors of wall paint on a photo of the room. Use the color picker and smart paint bucket to easily and quickly change the color. You can even use more than one color at once to create an accent wall.

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There are other useful house painting apps that let you see what your walls will look like in a different color using augmented reality.

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