5 Apps That Make Designing Your Home So Much Easier
When it comes to decorating, your phone or tablet just might become your secret weapon.
Redecorating your home — or even just switching up your decor a little bit — can quickly become a huge undertaking. It's almost impossible not to feel overwhelmed and confused about where to start or how to settle on a design you're comfortable with.
Luckily, there are a ton of apps that make the whole process a breeze. Need help framing your favorite Instagrams? There's an app for that. Trying to find a paint color that matches your favorite sweater? There's an app for that. Want to work with an experienced interior designer? There's an app for that.
It shouldn't come as too big of a surprise though; we are living in the age of technology, after all. And smart devices help us with pretty much every other aspect of our lives, so would should decorating be any different?
Read on for five design apps that are totally worth trying.
Framebridge makes decorating your walls easier than ever. The app — and its desktop version — allow you to preview how your art, mementos, photos or even Instagrams will look in a variety of frames and mats. With the app, you can even preview how the finished product will look on your own wall! How cool is that?
The Sherwin-Williams app is a must-have for anyone looking to paint their walls, furniture, accessories or home exterior. The app not only lets you browse through every paint color they carry without leaving your home, but it also allows you to test your favorite options in sample scenes. Best of all, you can color match virtually anything by uploading a photo to the app and letting it suggest matching paint colors.
Looking for affordable advice from an experienced interior designer? Look no further than Havenly. The app offers three different levels of service — the Design Quickie (free), the Havenly Mini ($79) and the Havenly Full ($199) — so you can find one that fits your budget. But no matter which one you choose, you're guaranteed to chat with a real interior designer.
Vintage and second-hand furniture fans are sure to love Chairish. The app lets you browse through tons of pre-loved items and even visualize them in your space. You can make offers on items you love, or buy directly from sellers, all through your phone. And if you've got items you're looking to sell, you can do that on the Chairish app, too.
The Houzz app is perfect for inspiration seekers. You can browse through more than 11 million photos of impeccably-appointed homes and even make notes on images you love. The app also lets you shop products and materials and view how the items will look in your own home.
Mark on Call
Created by interior designer Mark Lewison, this app lets you create a professional-style floor plan on a grid where you can arrange your furniture and decorations to scale. You can even take pictures of patterns and finishes and add them to your plan.
For those who dream of discovering a pristine Eames chair or a perfect Saarinen tulip table without wading through fuzzy Craigslist photos, this iOS app is a beautifully photographed virtual flea market for vintage furniture and decor. Haggling is welcome.
Benjamin Moore Color Capture
Choosing colors you love in real life is easy. Sifting through paint chips is hard (is that grayish-white or whitish-gray?). Next time you see something in a shade you adore, snap its picture through this app. You’ll discover its closest match among Benjamin Moore’s 3,500+ paint colors.
Hanging pictures, or a TV mount? No need to drag out the toolbox: This free app turns your smartphone into a level. In fact, it’s so accurate that it will tell you if you’re even a degree off.
Built to both feed your inspiration and keep you on task, this app contains heaps of home design, DIY and maintenance projects, and it can remind you to complete them, so your home maintenance stays on schedule.
Adobe Color CC
Some people can tell in an instant which colors work together. For the rest of us, there’s this color-wise app that creates color palettes from anything you point your smartphone camera at.
Want to know how a piece of furniture would look in your house, without lugging it home? Take a picture of a room, choose furniture from SnapShop’s library and lay it into the image. If you like the piece, you can click to buy.
No need to guess whether a room will get a lot of light, or wonder if the spot you chose for your new red sofa will be hit by fabric-bleaching sun. You can track the sun’s path with this app and see exactly where it will fall in your room, hour by hour.