Decorate Like a Pro With These Design Apps

Hiring an interior designer isn’t the only way to get the room of your dreams. Bring your decorating ideas to life with these handy apps.

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Not a designer? Don't worry, these apps will help you decorate like a pro.

If you’re thinking about some new throw pillows for the couch, or a new paint color in the bedroom, but don’t have an interior designer on speed dial, you’re in luck! Your best interior designer may be your smartphone. In this episode of Smart, Simple, Solved, I’ll help you decorate like a pro using some talented apps.

First, we’ll head to the store to answer that common question, “But will it look good at my house?” The Olioboard app allows you to see pieces of furniture and accessories from many stores in a 3D moodboard, or on the backdrop of a photo of your room. So you can see how that couch looks with this lamp, or how that chair pairs with that table. You can easily share your composition with friends to get their feedback, and what you’re confident, click to purchase.

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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.

Chairish

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.

iHandy Level

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.

BrightNest

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.

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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. 

SnapShop

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.

Sun Seeker

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.

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Next, if you love that “collected” look, or just want to get rid of some of the things you’ve “collected” throughout the years, you’ll want to hit the massive online antique market that is Chairish. It’s the perfect place to hunt down that perfect vintage piece without having to troll local shops, and it takes the tough work out of haggling and selling the stuff you want to sell. They offer and accept everything from sectionals to bookends to lighting fixtures — jewelry too. I apologize in advance if you end up spending more than you make.

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Bang & Olufsen BeoSound Moment

Made to integrate your music library with streaming services, the Moment can also blend seamlessly with your style, thanks to its wooden touch panel. Though it can be flipped to reveal a high-tech touchscreen, the wooden panel can alternatively remain face-up for a midcentury modern look.

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Airocide Purifier

This purifier, equipped with NASA technology and originally developed for commercial use, looks anything but industrial. With its striking orange core and silver mesh, it might just pass for modern art. Bonus: It can filter out bacteria, viruses and spores, which even HEPA filters can’t catch.

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MG12 Towel Warmer

If your idea of a towel warmer is a big, metal rack or a radiator-esque appliance, check out this European revamp. Made to harmonize with their surroundings, MG12’s warmers look like pop wall art; add a laser-cut metal cover for modern Scandinavian style.

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EcoSmart Fireplaces

You don’t need a chimney (or smelly ash, or heavy cords of wood) to enjoy a fireplace. EcoSmart’s bioethanol-fed fireplaces are smokeless, and can be contained within walls of glass or even set aflame on a tabletop, letting you effectively decorate with fire.

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Netatmo Weather Station

Generally, monitoring your indoor air quality requires a box that looks like a cross between a short wave radio and a smoke alarm. Netatmo’s app-associated device is a brushed aluminum cylinder that will not only help keep your air cleaner, but keep your look clean.

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Sony S990 Curved TV

Having a flat screen TV doesn’t mean your design lines have to be trapped inside a box. You can soften the look with a set like Sony’s S990 curved LED TV. The satellite dish-shaped screen is made to expand your viewing angle, but it can also expand your decorating possibilities.

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Libratone Speakers

No matter how sweet the music you play may be, angular glass and metal speakers aren’t going to mesh with a warm and cozy design scheme. These wool-covered, round wireless speakers promise Scandinavian style, taking their fashion cue from sweaters. 

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Adorne Switch Plates by Legrand

Switch re-imagined. French oak, hand-forged bronze and even custom patterns (say, marbleized paper to match your antique books?) are among the range of creative options from Legrand, and the beautiful square shape and innovative style is refreshing and new.

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Framed 2.0 Digital Art

A framed painting or poster is nice, but the traditional version can’t do what this digital creation can. Hailing from Japan, Framed 2.0 is a digital frame that can be loaded via app with original, moving artwork — and controlled with a swipe of your hand.

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Lastly, we’ve all been there: You’re staring at the perfect sofa, but you don’t have a clue if your living room wall is long enough for it to fit. Why, oh why, didn’t you measure before you left? Now, you can have Mark on Call do it for you, and all the important notes will be on your phone the moment your dream furniture appears. Mark on Call is like having an interior designer measure and map out the room, making it easy to tap and swipe your way to an accurate representation of the space. You can even snap pictures of your floors and fabrics to add texture to the drawing, and use the virtual measuring tape to see just how far that table is from the wall.

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Who knew your phone had such great taste, and was such a designer’s helper? If only choosing a paint color was this easy … 

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