From new home designs to room-specific decor, getting the right aesthetic to your home is an important part of customising and personalising your space. If you’re doing it all yourself then it can’t hurt to enlist a little help, so why not check out these great apps for home design and decorating.
Decorating can become costly, time consuming and frustrating if you’re working by trial and error, but SnapShop Showroom will eliminate the guesswork. This app allows you to use an image of a piece of furniture or decor and, with your phone’s camera, add the item onto a picture of your room, allowing you to see how the item will actually look in any given part of your home.
No more shuffling furniture around the house and no more guessing about what that couch will look like with your shagpile rug, you can see it all first without leaving your lounge.
Sum+it Billing Buddy
Keeping track of your decorating budget is one of the most vital elements of the home decoration process. To help you plan, budget and work within your limits there’s the Sum+it app. You can create, manage and even share project cost estimates.
Make adjustments as you go along, save estimates and actual values for services and items, and keep track of exactly how you’re going with sticking to your budget. It’s simple and user friendly, and helps take the stress out of budgeting for your project.
Home Design 3D
This app allows you to create a 3D floor plan of your home and explore the possibilities of home design with nothing more than a flick of the finger. You can edit your interior and experiment with layout and furniture, see what alterations or extensions to your home might look like, and even design your garden.
It’s a great way to plan the overall look and layout of your home before you start any physical changes, and allows you to explore a multitude of design possibilities. It’s easy to use and comes with a tutorial to help get you started, but best of all, it’s free.
Pinterest is gaining popularity worldwide for many different purposes, one of which has been for home design, decor and DIY ideas. It’s an app that allows you to browse through a huge database of images from all over the web. You can search with as wide a scope as home design or as narrow as green couches or coffee tables. Whatever it is you’re searching for, Pinerest will bring you lots of inspirational pictures and links.
You can save these “pins” to your own “pinboards” which you can categorise in whatever way you like and view later. Some pins will lead you to DIY instructions, some pins will lead you to shops where you can buy the item you’re browsing, or some might take you to helpful articles. In addition, if you’re browsing the web and happen spot something you like, you can “pin it” straight to your Pinterest board using the “Pin It Bookmarklet” even if you’re not browsing within the app. With all your ideas in one place, you’ll be both inspired and organised when it comes to decorating your new pad.
This app by Sherwinn-Williams provides a quick and easy method for picking a colour or palette that suits your tastes, style and decor. You can create your own custom palette, or you can take a photo either with your camera or from the internet, and use the app to match a colour or palette to your inspirational image. You can browse hundreds of different colours and shades, and alter them according to your home designs. No need to fumble through colour swatches at the paint store, it’s all in the palm of your hand. With so many innovative apps available at your fingertips you’d be mad to stick to pen and paper – check out these great apps and decorating your new home will be a breeze.