One of the fun things about being an architect is finding cool products, finishes, and technology. Today, this tech nerd is going to share an awesome gadget called Color Muse.


The Color Muse looks like an old film canister that works in conjunction with a simple phone app. When placed against a surface, it scans the area and suggests matching colors from the larger paint manufacturers. Of course, we had to test it out, purely for scientific reasons. When placed against our office walls, Color Muse provided both the brand and color we used 4 years ago. Pretty cool!

Functional Gray was the color we used!


Putting the coolness aside for a moment, Color Muse will increase our efficiency. It’s pretty common during construction for us to pick paint. We frequently paint door frames and utility doors to match the adjacent finishes, as best as possible. If we are matching wall paint, it’s not usually a problem. However, when we have natural wood trim or brick at the doors, we want a color that compliments either the wood tone or the masonry. This is a bit more complex. Early in my career, I would ask the painter to match the colors, but what seemed like the right choice often turned out wrong. Now, we make the choices ourselves by getting several paint samples to compare, but with all the options available, it can be challenging. With the Color Muse, this task will now be much easier.

Now that we’ve tried Color Muse, we are wondering why we didn’t get one sooner. If you’re a DIY homeowner or a design professional, I highly recommend the Color Muse. It’s a must-have product in your bag of tricks that will save you time and money. Or at least a few trips to the paint store.