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How do you use a virtual paint tool for interior decorating?

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Use a virtual paint tool for interior decorating by uploading a photograph of the room, selecting the surfaces for painting and choosing the colors from the manufacturer’s palette. The tool allows visualizing the room without actually applying the paint. If you do not like the results, click to change the color of one or more surfaces.

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Use the tool to paint the walls, trim and accents in the room. If the existing walls are in good condition, try adding new accent or trim colors to create an updated look. Try dark or bold colors that you might otherwise avoid because they are difficult to cover using the preview tool. If you do not like the results, you are not stuck with the additional work to paint over these colors.

Paint manufacturers and home improvement stores sometimes offer free virtual paint tools on their websites. These Internet-based tools require little memory on the computer but may have minimum system requirements. Some tools allow zooming into the photograph to see details.

Use the tool to determine if a new upholstery or rug is appropriate with the existing furnishings. Upload the photo of the room, and use a cloth or carpet swatch to select a matching color. Select the piece you are reupholstering or the flooring as a surface, and use the paint tool to change the color for a preview of the new look.

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