Are you looking for the perfect vintage chair for the living room? Or maybe you want to paint an accent wall, but you’re not sure what colour to choose. Perhaps what you need is a floor plan.
Anyone who has ever thought about redecorating their home knows that, as exciting as the idea seems at first, once you start considering all the intricacies, it quickly becomes overwhelming. We’d all like to get a designer or two on our team every time we feel like revamping our homes, but for most of us, that’s not a realistic option.
However, as with practically everything in the digital era, if you need something, there’s probably an app for it, and all you have to do is whip up your smartphone. There are actually so many decorating apps for both Android and iOS that choosing the right one becomes a challenge in and of itself. Well, we’re here to help with our top seven recommendations.
Houzz is a website that specializes in architecture, home improvement, interior design, decorating and landscaping with more than 17 million high-resolution images for inspiration. It’s a great resource for people looking for ideas.
However, the people working at Houzz realized that having access to such images isn’t enough to turn a project into reality. Other platforms like Instagram and Pinterest offer inspiration images, but people tend to collect them and stop there because it’s not that easy to find the items in the images or turn the ideas you get from them into a tangible plan for redecorating your home. One thing is finding the perfect wholesale ribbon to decorate a throw pillow, but finding the perfect sofa – you’ll need more than pictures.
That’s why there are a few features that set the Houzz app. One of the most important ones is the “Visual Match” feature that lets you find and purchase the products directly from the photos features on the app.
And if you’re looking for the perfect sofa, the “View in My Room” feature allows you to visualize how different options would look like in your home through your smartphone’s camera.
Getting precise quotes from contractors may not be something the app can do at this point, but it can put you in touch with professionals in your area, show you their ratings and let you compare average costs.
It’s quite difficult to choose a colour for your walls. Or you might know the colour, but you’re not sure which shade would work best. The swatches help a bit, but it’s hard to imagine how the whole wall will look like when all you have for a sample is a small rectangle. You could get paint samples, but they can get pretty expensive if you have trouble making up your mind.
Thankfully, there’s an app that can make your life easier: TapPainter. You take pictures of the room you want to paint, and then you can try different colours by choosing from one of the popular brands featured, entering the code from the paint swatch, or even mix your own custom colour. And since we mentioned an accent wall at the beginning of this article – this app also lets you can choose different colours for different walls.
DécorMatters has a similar feature to the Houzz app. It lets you digitally decorate a real room in your home with items from popular stores like Ikea, Target, Crate & Barrel, Overstock, West Elm and Ashley.
You take a picture of the room and use AR (Augmented Reality) to add items. This way, you see if they actually fit in terms of size and aesthetics. You can also save your ideas and share them with friends.
Hutch is another great interior design app, and all you need to use it is to take a photo of your space and enter your budget and look you want to achieve. The app then presents you with a personalized rendering of pieces and how they’d look in that space. This is a good way not only to find the right furniture but also to discover your style.
And if you have trouble deciding, the app gives you a free design consultation per day. You can get more for a small fee.
Mosss is an AI-driven interior design app that uses machine learning to capture your personal style and preferences. It gives you access to high-quality design recommendations, all wrapped in a smooth and intuitive experience.
The team behind Mosss aims to make interior design more accessible for everyone by capturing the design process of talented professionals through deep learning and making it available to anyone anywhere.
The app’s algorithms are continuously strengthened with new data sets, and it can recognize attributes like style, form and materials to provide users with a visual assessment and personalized recommendations.
The Home Depot
There are plenty of shopping apps out there, but the Home Depot app deserves mention in this article for two reasons.
The first reason is that it’s Home Depot, and this is an article about redecorating – these two just naturally go together.
The second reason is that the app goes beyond a mobile version of the website. Not only does it allow you to order large items and would be a pain to pick up from the store, but if you do decide to go to the store, the app lets you locate specific items.
SketchUp is one of the most sophisticated free 3D design software you can find on the internet. When using this tool, you’ll feel like you’re walking through your home.
There’s a pro version that’s designed for people working in architecture, engineering, construction and interior design, but the free version is perfect for hobbyists of people that are just trying to get a clearer idea of what they want their home to look like.
Maybe you’re building an extension to your home or change the floor plan a bit. SketchUp will help you bring every facet of your design to life.