FANTASTIC TOOL FOR SHOWING PAINT COLORS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Home Stager with Salazar Staging & Custom Interiors

In my ongoing effort to help homeowners see the value of painting, I was very happy to come across Sherwin Williams online color tools.  Their website offers a great and easy way to show clients what a huge difference paint can make.  You can select an unpainted room, like this living room.  THen all you have to do is select paint colors.  You can drag the color(s) to the walls/trim and accent pieces.

BEFORE ANY PAINT:  Before Paint Living Room Salazar Staging

Here is the same room painted a solid color:

Painted Living Room Salazar Staging

Or you can show multiple colors:

Multiple Colors Salazar Staging

Or even just an accent wall:

Accent Wall Salazar Staging

Go to http://www.sherwin.com/visualizer/ and have at it!  THis tool is so helpful.  In addition to allowing this free play with paint, there is an email feature that allows you to send the different pictures to your clients.  Benjamin Moore has a great tool for this as well, but unfortunately does not allow email and therefore, has not been nearly as useful as this one on Sherwin Williams.

Remember - paint is the least expensive way to make a dramatic difference! 

If you have any questions about how to use this, email me at news@salazarstaging.com

Mel

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Ginger Foust
Certified Staging Professional - Oakhurst, CA
Home Stager Oakhurst CA, Dream Interior Redesign & Staging

Hi Mel, I received SW email about this feature but have yet to give it a try.  Thanks to your sharing, I'm headed there today! 

May 28, 2009 03:45 AM #1
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melody salazar
Salazar Staging & Custom Interiors - New Braunfels, TX

Ginger,

You will love this tool!  I just convinced a design client to paint his living room navy.  He absolutely could not visualize this even though I kept telling him it really was just another neutral 'with interest'.  This is also great to use on a laptop if you're meeting with a client and want to show them immediately.

Navy Living  Room Salazar Staging

May 28, 2009 03:55 AM #2
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Debra Valentine
Designing Details ~ Staging & Design, LLC - Bountiful, UT
Utah Home Staging for, Bountiful, Salt Lake & Surrounding Areas

What a great find Melody - thanks for letting us know about your treasure.

May 28, 2009 04:40 AM #3
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Ginger Foust
Certified Staging Professional - Oakhurst, CA
Home Stager Oakhurst CA, Dream Interior Redesign & Staging

Hi again Mel, in looking back at my e-mails I received one from Behr (not SW) that said you could upload you own photos (wouldn't that be a plus) and then paint.  Now I remember why I hadn't really attempted it.  If you would like to try it, here's the site:http://www.behr.com/Behr/home#

It isn't very intuitive and I cannot figure out how to make it work.  With time maybe I will and then I will do a post on it.  Most paint companies have this same feature as SW but as you say they won't all let you e-mail them. 

Thank again. Ginger

May 28, 2009 05:55 AM #4
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melody salazar
Salazar Staging & Custom Interiors - New Braunfels, TX

I have found that the sites where you paint your own rooms, are difficult to deal with.  This Sherwin Williams site is the most user friendly one I've come upon.  I guess if you have a color printer, and want to use the ink, you could print the Benjamin Moore rooms and then show your clients.  However, the paint to ink process will no doubt obscure the color so much that it wouldn't be worth it.  Also, it's so much easier to be able to just email a pic that displays the colors being considered.

Mel

May 28, 2009 06:03 AM #5
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Margaret Ann Innis
Decorate To Sell - Merrimack Valley Real Estate Staging - Andover, MA
Real Estate Staging - MA & NH

This is a great tool - it turns fear of color into passion for color!  I just found a new tool last night on space planning - all these help so much!  Thanks, Margaret 

 

May 28, 2009 06:27 AM #6
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Cathy Lee
CL Design Services Home Staging - Danville, CA
ASP, IAHSP, RESA Danville, CA

HI!  We used this to decide what color to paint my husband's office-sooooo much fun, isn't it!

May 28, 2009 11:47 AM #7
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Linda D. Pufford
Stage with Divine Style - Home Staging - Novato, CA
ASPM, Marin/Sonoma Home Stager

Melody,

This is so great!!!  Thank you so sharing it with us.

May 28, 2009 04:27 PM #8
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Michele Hess
Simply Staged Inc. - Rockford, IL
Home Stager Rockford - Simply Staged Inc

Thanks Melody!  I will be sure to check it out. Certainly helpful if the client is having trouble visualize the color.

May 29, 2009 10:03 PM #9
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Janelle Fisher, Instinctive Staging & Design, Seattle Wa.
Instinctive Staging & Design, LLC - Seattle, WA

Great find Melody. I Can't wait to be able to share this tool with my clients and play with it myself.

May 30, 2009 10:23 AM #10
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Peg Prather
Vancouver, WA
Vancouver, WA

I sure had fun playing with this! Easiest "painting" I've ever done! Thanks for the tip, it could come in very handy one day.

May 30, 2009 12:36 PM #11
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Monique Hailer
CENTURY 21 New Millennium & Schooner Bay Realty Florida - Lusby, MD
Waterfront Specialists!

Hi Melody,

My sister works for Serman Williams (oofice) and I'm sure they will love this. I will pass it on. Photos are awesome. Thanks for sharing!

Jun 02, 2009 01:02 AM #12
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Michelle Finnamore
Vaughan and Toronto GTA - Vaughan, ON
Preparing your property for sale

Hi Melody, I had yet to try one of these programs. As any one that knows me I am usually the person that cannot figure how to use one of these programs. I know the little four year old girl on TV can do it, but she can't do what I can.   This program was so easy to use, I had it working the first time I tried. Kudos to Sherwin Williams for giving us a program so easy to use. I will be showing my resdesing clients this today.

Thanks for the post, most enlightening.

Jun 05, 2009 12:40 AM #13
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Lisa Roy
SPACELiFT HOME STAGING, Greater Vancouver - Vancouver, BC

Thanks so much for sharing, Melody.  Will give it a try!

Jun 06, 2009 09:00 PM #14
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Carmela Abella
Abella Home Staging & Redesign - Port Jefferson Station, NY

 Thanks for sharing this wonderful tool with us. Wouldn't it be great if we could scan our photos and use this tool? Perhaps technology will catch up with it.

Jun 09, 2009 11:45 AM #15
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Todd McAllister
On Stage home staging and redesign co. Portland, OR. - Portland, OR

COOL, COOL, COOL. COOL. COOL, COOL, COOL, COOL ,COOL, COOL, COOL, COOL, COOL, COOL,

Jun 23, 2009 08:29 AM #16
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