Home Depot Color Solutions Center
New Tools to Help Consumers Choose ColorJul 14 2003
Shopping for paint, a task that can be more that a bit frustrating, just got easier.
More paint color collections, friendlier paint displays, larger color cards, and help with color coordinating are just a few of the terrific innovations paint manufacturers have dreamed up to assist color-hungry homeowners.
The Home Depot for example, has introduced the Color Solutions Center -- a 30-foot wall of paint sample heaven -- offering paint color collections from Behr® Premium Plus, Ralph Lauren®, and Glidden®, and Behr's new Disney® paint collection especially for the young-at-heart.(Read more about these on Page 2 and 3.)
With over 3,000 paint choices, finding the right color for your project may be more fun than ever before. Manufacturers are also providing more paint tips, materials lists, and color palettes as well.
Home Depot has even addressed lighting issues, using lighting for their paint displays that is very close to the look of natural light, giving a more accurate color rendition. That means that the "perfect" blue you select at the paint store won't turn to teal when you view it in your own home.
The centerpiece is the touchscreen computer in the ColorSmart® kiosk from Behr. User-friendly software allows consumers to browse color collections, print a supply list, and play with color combinations in virtual kitchens, living rooms, bedrooms, and baths, to get a feel for how particular colors might look in an entire room.
Not sure if you'll love nautical blue on the walls? Take a look at the color on the computer in a room of your choice -- you may just fall in love with the look. If not, try out other paint colors with the touch of your finger on the screen.
Many of the ColorSmart® features can also be accessed online at Behr's website, where you'll be able to get some ideas before setting foot outside your door.
Home Depot's computer kiosk also includes a color scanner where you can scan a color card or bring in a color sample (on a pillow, fabric, wallpaper, etc.). The ColorSmart® program will scan your sample and instantly create a color palette for your project. Preview these colors on-screen, view them in virtual rooms, or print out your personalized palette of paint colors.
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