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.
Not sure how to make a small space multifunctional? City-dwellers Sarah Raskin and John Kerl turned their bonus room into a guest bedroom/baby nursery with some smart decorating ideas and storage solutions.