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Let me paint you a picture (no pun intended): You’re about to move into a new place but have yet to paint the rooms to your liking. How do you know which colours will suit you best? Colour swatches are handy but they leave a lot to the imagination. Think of the distraught when you realise that the colour you painted didn’t turn out like how you pictured it to be.

PaintingWalls is a simple iPhone app that will help you to decide there and then. It simulates different paint colours on your walls and lets you make an informed decision. It usually retails for $0.99 but we have 25 codes to give away.

This giveaway runs for a little under 48 hours and will end tomorrow, 21 March 2010 at 2100hrs PST. Grab them quick!

In order to use PaintingWalls, you’ll need an image to work with. Either load it from your camera roll or take a new image. This iPhone application was designed to help simulate different colours on clear, empty walls but it works just fine if the room is furnished, as you can see from the middle image below. I was in Ikea yesterday and took a snapshot of a dimly lit Swedish living room. Tap the colour palette to select any colour (although its best to select a colour that contrasts the original colour of the wall you’re trying to paint), you can change the colour later.

After selecting a colour, tap on an area in the image you wish to fill with paint. The app will try to “fill” the surrounding similar coloured areas. Then here’s the fun part. Tap and hold the screen then move your finger in either a clockwise or counter-clockwise direction to expand/contract the painted area. Don’t try to expand until the entire wall is filled with paint — it doesn’t work that way. What you should do is tap on an unfilled area and expand the paint separately. Pretty soon, you’ll have the entire wall painted (even with furniture acting as obstacles). Now, you may use the colour palette to select a new colour and it will automagically replace the paint’s colour in your image.

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Go ahead and experiment! Change the colour until you find something you like. If the image of your room is poorly lit (like mine was), PaintingWalls has this really cool feature which lets you optimise the paint according to the lighting in the room. When you’re done, it will allow you to save the image, send it to someone via email or share it on Facebook and/or Twitter.

PaintingWalls is a pretty easy tool to use and it really helps cut down on unexpected events when adding colour to your new home. We have 25 codes to share with MakeUseOf readers within the next 48 hours!

How do I become a winner?

It’s simple. Just follow the steps.

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In the comments section below, fill in your name, email address, paste the link to your Facebook profile in the URL field and tell us why you’d like to win.

Make sure to enter your real email address so that we can contact you if you win!

This giveaway will end on Sunday, 21 March 2010 at 2100hrs PST. Be sure that you grab them quick — first come, first served! Codes will be sent to winners via email after the giveaway is over. Have fun!

MakeUseOf would like to thank Xavier from Enginy Studios for his generosity while participating in this giveaway. Interesting in sponsoring? We’d love to hear from you. Get in touch with us via email.

  1. Jose L. Navarro
    March 21, 2010 at 7:25 am

    I like to win because... Who doesn't? Besides it is a cool app!!!

  2. Gary Wertz
    March 21, 2010 at 7:05 am

    This looks like a fantastic app!

  3. ænon1mus
    March 21, 2010 at 4:35 pm

    We have our 25 winners. Comments will be closed. Thank you for participating!

  4. Steven Young
    March 21, 2010 at 6:17 am

    Need to change the mood and feel of your rooms with paint? There’s an app for that.

  5. Pedro Remedios
    March 21, 2010 at 4:42 am

    I would like to win because I love decorating!

  6. Steve Leach
    March 21, 2010 at 4:24 am

    Would like to win because I could show my wife why we *shouldn't* choose a particular colour!

  7. Stuart
    March 21, 2010 at 12:33 am!/stubbyd

    Would love to win this beacuse my ability to pick colours is next to useless and this would prevent many wasted hours and mucho wonga on wasted paint.

  8. Jared Elson
    March 20, 2010 at 11:34 pm

    we have been in our home for 5 years but all the walls are still basic white. Need to paint them badly.

  9. Jared Elson
    March 21, 2010 at 8:34 am

    we have been in our home for 5 years but all the walls are still basic white. Need to paint them badly.

  10. Mackey
    March 20, 2010 at 10:22 pm

    Really great paint app, could repaint my bedroom with right colors.

  11. Malur Narayan
    March 20, 2010 at 9:11 pm

    Finally, I will be able to visualize what my wife is talking about when she is playing with colors for the rooms

  12. Rob Parrilla
    March 20, 2010 at 8:48 pm

    I really need to get away from green walls. Please help!!!

  13. Siraj Hassan Mohideen
    March 20, 2010 at 8:39 pm

    I would like to win this awesome application because i have got a new iPhone and i would like to try this very cool application hope i win.

  14. Johnny
    March 20, 2010 at 6:54 pm

    Call me crazy, but I continue to keenly crave a copy of this creatively contrived computer-coded contraption to conveniently compose a clear and complete conceptualization of the color composition of my comfortable condominium. Of course, I seek to correct my corrupt chromatic compass and cautiously query counsel concerning my constant chronic compulsion to contumaciously keep a classically conservative turquoise kitchen amidst a clashing kaleidoscopically covered cottage. Consequently, I casually confess and conclude that your charitable contribution and kind consideration would be quite cool.

  15. Harry Long
    March 20, 2010 at 6:04 pm

    Needing to repaint my room and don't know what color to use. Tis would help.

  16. doyoulikekungfu
    March 21, 2010 at 1:57 am

    Need to paint your house? There's an app for that.

  17. Glenn Laursen
    March 20, 2010 at 3:26 pm
  18. Geoff Heys
    March 20, 2010 at 12:07 pm
  19. Guest
    March 20, 2010 at 9:07 pm
  20. andy still
    March 20, 2010 at 11:03 am

    want to try it on my car

  21. andy still
    March 20, 2010 at 10:59 am

    i want to respray the car,this app could be useful to make a decision.

  22. Martinus Tara
    March 20, 2010 at 9:17 am

    just the right timing as I planned to repaint my condo unit. Need to make my wife decide fast on what colour it will be....helpppp!!!

  23. clive
    March 20, 2010 at 8:39 am

    i like to win this cause it look super cool!!!

  24. Fletcher Christian
    March 20, 2010 at 8:39 am
  25. Vivian
    March 20, 2010 at 8:33 am
  26. Drew
    March 20, 2010 at 5:47 pm
  27. clive
    March 20, 2010 at 5:40 pm
  28. Vi3tI3abe
    March 20, 2010 at 5:33 pm