Ask the Experts

The guest bedroom in our new house is in desperate need of a paint touch-up, but I have no record of the paint that was used. Is there any hope for us, or do we have to repaint completely?
- Cindy, Augusta, Ga.

The bad news: There’s no real way to get a 100% match. The good news: You have some options. Get a paint sample from an inconspicuous part of the room, like the closet, and bring it to a paint store. They’ll use a spectrophotometer to measure the color electronically. You can also try your luck with a color match app, like Benjamin Moore Color Capture, which searches more than 3,300 Benjamin Moore paint colors to find a match. You might not end up with the exact shade of celery green, but you should be able to find something very close.

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