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How To Use Project Color by The Home Depot

Picking a new paint color for a room can be such a daunting task. First, there’s deciding on a color family — blues, reds, yellows, greens, etc. — before you can choose a particular tone — warm or cool, light or dark or mid-tone. And then there’s the myriad of shades. Let’s say you go with blue. Do you choose Song Bird Blue or Marine Magic or Glass Sapphire or Peacock Blue or…?

Or maybe you want to keep it neutral and then quickly realize how many variations of white, beige and gray there are. It can get overwhelming pretty fast. That’s where our App of the Month can help.

Project Color by The Home Depot is a paint app allows you to “see” what a color will look like in the room you want to paint, or on an exterior surface, floor or furniture piece. Instead of painting swatches on a wall to try and judge a color throughout the day, the app does it all for you.

How Project Color and Color Matching Works

Just take a picture of a room or choose “live view,” and then search from the thousands of paint and stain options. Find a color you want to try and tap a surface in the image to apply the color. Project Color automatically adjusts for any shadows, angles or lighting variances so you can see how the color would look in that particular space.

Project Color also allows you to match a favorite color from a photo on your mobile device, or a photo you’ve just taken. You click on a color in the image and the app provides the closest paint or stain colors available at The Home Depot.

You can save favorite paint colors in the app so you can remember them later. And, if you have some paint chips that you’ve picked up and want to see what they’d look like via the app, just use the “Find It” function to search for a particular color name or number.

So, no need to feel stressed about choosing paint colors anymore. Just open up Project Color and start experimenting!

Project Color can be downloaded for free through the iTunes or Google Play stores and is available for iPhone, iPad, and Android mobile devices.

Judy Marchman is an Austin, Texas-based freelance writer and editor who, during her 20+-year career, has written on a diverse number of topics, from horses to lawyers to home building and design, including for Judy is the proud owner of a new construction home and has gained plenty of story inspiration from her home ownership experiences.

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Having trouble choosing a paint color? The Home Depot Project Color app is an easy way to test out paint colors in your home.

14 things you should always buy at Home Depot — and 13 things to avoid at all costs

Home Depot is a big-box home-goods store and the largest home-improvement retailer in the United States.

But that doesn’t mean you should hit up the superstore for all your home needs. While Home Depot stores often offer competitive prices, it doesn’t always, nor do its products always have the best quality or aesthetic appeal.

It’s worth bearing in mind, however, that the mega-chain offers a 110% price-match guarantee.

“If you find an item for less elsewhere, they will not only match the price but will take an extra 10% off,” Sara Skirboll, an expert on shopping and trends at RetailMeNot, told Business Insider. “Just make sure to provide proof of the other retailer’s price.”

Home Depot also offers financing on big-ticket items such as large appliances and power tools.

“These features make it attractive to our design clients in the midst of a renovation and home redesign, where budget is such a big factor,” Brian Garcia, an owner of the design firm D & G Interiors + Design in Hoboken, New Jersey, told Business Insider. “On the other hand, there are some cons like poor customer support — employees often lack the knowledge and training to answer straightforward questions, explain installation, or even make simple suggestions.”

Garcia also said that unlike most local appliance centers and hardware stores that are usually able to help customers directly, at Home Depot, once you purchase your goods, you’re left to deal with the manufacturers and third-party service centers when problems arise.

So what’s worth buying from Home Depot, and what should you skip? We asked experts with firsthand experience to share their picks.

Home Depot is the largest home-improvement retailer in the United States. But that doesn't mean you should shop there for all your home needs.