The Best Places to Shop for Paint Online

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Picking out paint swatches at your local hardware store is no longer your only option—there are so many alternatives, and many are small businesses you can support from the comfort of your couch. Sure, picking out paint without seeing it in person sounds kind of strange, but there are a ton of direct-to-consumer brands (including Black owned!) that make it easier than ever to test shades before you add that full gallon to your cart.

Whether you’re looking for interior or exterior paint, spray or traditional style, you’ve now got plenty of choices to shop for paint online. From Chip and Joanna Gaines’ Magnolia Home line at Ace Hardware that’ll give you the farmhouse home of your dreams to newcomers like the millennial-dream-brand Backdrop, there’s an option that’ll resonate with your needs and color preferences. Plus, some of these e-tailers go the extra mile to make swatching and deciding on a color less of a chore—take Clare’s Color Genius quiz for example, which will tell you what shade to choose based on the look you’re going for.

Ahead, check out the best places to buy paint online for your next complete home makeover or mini DIY project.

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Image: Backdrop.

Backdrop is an online company that basically lives the mantra: “paint, but make it fashion.” This Instagram-loved company has definitely come across your feed at least once, and trust us— your paint job will actually look as good as it does on your phone screen. Their 12×12-inch paint swatches are exceptionally brilliant—the adhesive allows you to peel-and-stick over and over until you’ve come to your decision. To help you buy the right amount of paint, they’ve also got a handy online calculator to make doing the math painless.

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