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Behr ColorSmartYou’ve been there. Paralyzed in front of a giant display of neverending color swatches at Home Depot.

With so many color possibilities, it’s ironically impossible to choose. How do you decide which white do use? Or if Pepper Grass goes with Hot Pink? Fortunately, there’s help with Behr’s ColorSmart tool.

ColorSmart lets you preview colors before your paint. You choose from an “inspiration library” of suggested color schemes, or customize and design one based on your favorite colors. The tool will also help you find coordinating colors and then show you how they’ll look in different rooms.

This all means you can avoid making heinous, tasteless, and costly mistakes. Such as painting your living room Pepper Grass and Hot Pink:

Pepper Grass and Hot Pink

Behr’s ColorSmart tool


  • Torley

    gravatarNov 6, 2006
    8:09 pm

    HAHAHA so freakin’ hilarious!

    Please don’t knock green-and-pink… your blog post inspired me, this is what I gotta have in my house!

    Why? See my website (blog). =D

    Thanx Chanpory…

  • Chanpory

    gravatarNov 6, 2006
    8:13 pm

    Haha, Torley! I think someone needs to create ColorSmart for blogs! ;-)

  • Torley

    gravatarNov 6, 2006
    11:37 pm

    Haha yes, that would be a lot of fun, and help with theming. I know I’ve seen some general color-coordinators before, but not specifically for blogs.

    On a serious note, keep up the great work on LifeClever, it’s a delight to read.

    BTW, are you of Thai heritage? Your name sounds that way to me… my name is an Anglicization of “Thorranit”, and my Mom is Thai. :)

  • Chanpory

    gravatarNov 7, 2006
    9:13 pm

    Hi Torley, you’re right… my name is of Thai origin. My mom is also Thai, and I believe Chanpory is an Anglicization of Thon Buri.

  • Torley

    gravatarNov 8, 2006
    10:35 am

    Very kewl, Chanpory. Nice to make your acquaintance and bask in such luxurious style on your blog! (That fading tag cloud is just too cool!)

  • Sheri

    gravatarNov 8, 2006
    11:18 pm

    I am not Thai, but I like Thai food. Does that count? :-)

    I used this Behr ColorSmart tool at Home Depot. It was awesome, although I wish there were more style/design choices. It was hard to visualize MY house in the colors I chose, even though A house was pictured in those colors.

    Unfortunately, the printer was out of paper or something, and when I went to print my beautiful samples, I only received an error message. :-(

    I would recommend this tool to anyone who really wants to see how Color A goes with Color B. And it’s just fun to hang out in someone else’s kitchen and paint the door red, then blue, then white.

  • Hunter

    gravatarJun 7, 2007
    11:46 am

    I love this tool. As a matter of fact I use it to build websites as well. I use a web color tool called ColorPic and use it to find out the hex color code. Many of the colors within ColorSmart looks great as colors on your webpages.

  • Chris (Home Handyman) Stevens

    gravatarFeb 19, 2008
    1:51 am

    Hey, I rather like the purple and green – my daughter-in-law has those colours in her gym and her clients seem to like it too.

  • kitchen

    gravatarFeb 19, 2008
    4:33 pm

    That colour scheme reminds me of a child’s playroom.

  • Tacha

    gravatarJan 17, 2009
    12:25 am

    Purple and green…just add gold and you’ll be ready for Mardi Gras

  • Dani

    gravatarFeb 7, 2009
    10:20 am

    i need help picking 3 different colors for my room!!! i am very athletic! so i don’t like pink, purple, or any girl girl colors!

  • Ben

    gravatarMar 6, 2010
    7:43 pm

    Tools like the ColorSmart are great. They have replaced the good old colorwheel.

    I would recommend that after you choose a color, buy a small sample and put it on your wall. Look at it in your own home. Paint looks different in every environment. Artificial lighting, sun exposure, and surrounding colors will all affect the way paint looks in your particular space.