The Interior Design Apps We Can’t Live Without
By Alexa Bricker, American Lifestyle Magazine
Photo by Douglas Sheppard
People are making DIY improvements to their homes in increasing numbers. Television shows and blogs have helped homeowners feel a sense of renewed confidence in tackling everything, from replacing tile to full demos, on their own.
But one of the best sources of interior design inspiration are apps—that’s right, the convenient little programs on your computer, phone, or tablet—that can help you plan out your rooms and bring your vision to life.
This website/app is valuable for a lot of reasons. First and foremost, it’s a place for professional designers and DIY-ers to meet and share ideas. Not only can you search for a professional in your area and read reviews on their work, you can look at their portfolio to inspire your own projects if you want to go it on your own. There is also a tool that allows you to place virtual products into an image of your space to see how it looks before you buy!
Determining how to arrange the items in your rooms and what fits where can be challenging. This app allows you to scan rooms in your home to create digital floor plans, which can make planning your renovation a lot easier. The app can also generate 3D models of your floor plans for you to be able to visualize your space even more realistically.
If you have a hard time picturing new furniture or colors in your room, this app can help you out. All you have to do is upload an image of the room, and it allows you to add and remove items that you want. Looking for a new bed? Simple swap out the old and browse through the app’s collection of products to preview in the room. You can even buy items straight from the app!
If you’re still unsure of whether or not your home renovation will require a professional, this app can help you decide before you get yourself in over your head. It allows you to post the project you’re working on to the app, and browse for local contractors based on reviews and qualifications.
For simple fixes, like making sure that picture frame is straight, there’s no better tool than iHandy. It includes tools like a bubble level and a steel ruler to help you avoid crooked decor and to complete projects with a professional look.