Best Paint Website: YOLO Colorhouse
The simplicity of the easy-to-use YOLO Colorhouse website is no doubt a by-product of its newcomer status, having been founded in 2005 as an environmentally friendly paint company. We found websites for more established brands like Sherwin-Williams and Behr to be bogged down by too much content paired with too little functionality. (Runner-up Benjamin Moore was also bogged down by an overload of content, but the site redeemed itself with a high level of functionality, including the ability to order full gallons of paint from the site for home delivery or pick-up at a local retailer). The YOLO Colorhouse Sprout line of paint can be ordered directly from the site, while the other lines of YOLO paint are available for home delivery via homedepot.com. YOLO links seamlessly to the Home Depot site, unlike other paint brands also sold at the big box retailer.
|YOLO Colorhouse's Select A Color Tool|
YOLO Colorhouse’s Select A Color room visualization tool is less complex than those on other sites and as a result takes a fraction of the time to use. We felt this was an advantage given that online color visualization has limited value anyway. For real-life visualization, YOLO Colorhouse offers a pre-painted Big Chip measuring 12” x 16” which you can tape to your wall at home.
|YOLO Colorhouse's Big Chip|
YOLO Colorhouse is also the only paint site we found that will provide color palette recommendations via email based on photos you upload to the site.
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Best Paint Website Runner-Up: Benjamin Moore (http://store.benjaminmoore.com/storefront/)
Best Wallpaper Website: Graham & Brown
I stumbled upon the Graham & Brown website a few weeks ago while searching online for inspiring interior design imagery. And the one thing I can say for certain about Graham & Brown’s site is that it is sure to inspire you! In fact, I was so amazed by the Graham & Brown wallpaper designs, stunning photography, and user-friendly site that I immediately contacted the company to see if they would sponsor the Roomations blog.
|Desire: Teal Wallpaper from Graham & Brown|
Besides the online shop’s ability to inspire, the two best things about Graham & Brown are the stellar designer talent behind each of its wallpaper lines and the extremely helpful usability of the website. Some of our favorite designers include Marcel Wanders, Julien MacDonald and Amy Butler, just to name a few out of the nearly 30 designers featured on the Graham & Brown website. Graham & Brown’s selection also includes many textured wallpapers, including paintable wallpaper.
|The textured Squares Paintable Wallpaper is a Graham & Brown bestseller.|
As far as usability, the website lets you browse and filter the extensive wallpaper collection by designer, product line, design style and color. Each wallpaper product description is accompanied by at least six different images, including a close-up of the pattern and texture and several photos showing the wallpaper in the context of actual rooms. Even better, each different wallpaper design is shown in the same room contexts, making easy to find the context most like your room then compare different looks.
Best Wallpaper Website Runner Up: Flavor Paper (http://www.flavorpaper.com)
Best Wall Appliqué Website: Blik
When it comes to removable vinyl wall decals, Blik is not only the pioneer but the powerhouse. Blik was founded in 2002 as the world’s first removable wall graphic company and today has a wide variety of vinyl wall graphics developed with partnering graphic designers. Like Graham & Brown, the site lets you browse and filter based on a number of different criteria, making it easy to find the style that’s right for you. Below are a couple of our favorites representing the broad spectrum of design styles from haute décor to off-the-wall comedy and the imaginative worlds of children.
|Threadless Fishwall Pattern Wall Tiles are made from an eco-friendly self-adhesive fabric.|
|FUNBUS View Out Plane Window (With Monster) Removable Wall Graphic|
Blik can also make custom vinyl wall decals based on your own graphics.
Best Wall Appliqué Website Runner Up: Etsy (http://www.etsy.com)
This post was written by Katie.