Designing your ideal home does not have to be costly and time consuming. Thanks to innovative technologies, your smartphones are now your best friend when it comes to interior design. From choosing the right paint color to the best furniture for your room, these apps (available on both Google Play and iTunes) will help make that dream room into a reality. They will save you time and money since they allow you to brainstorm ideas and test out products in your own space.
Houzz Interior Design Ideas
More than just a play on words, Houzz is one of the hottest apps on the market. Houzz not only lets you visualize your dream room through its visual recognition technology, it also features an online shop with more than 10 million products for your home, a database of 2.1 million home improvement professionals, weekly articles from their editorial staff and design experts, and an active community for peer advice and feedback. The all-in-one app has everything you need for home design projects big or small.
IKEA is one of the world’s most well known furniture retailers. It is no surprise the Swedish-founded company has its own interior design app featuring many of its products. IKEA Place uses Augmented Reality (AR) technologies compatible with most smart-phones to create a virtual room that allows users to place IKEA products in their own rooms. With 3D true-to-scale models of furniture, IKEA Place is the one stop app that gives you an accurate impression of products’ design, size, and functionality.
With more than 18 million users and named Best App of the year in 2012 and again in 2017 on iTunes, Magic Plan is the app that allows you need to create floor plans, 3D models, and virtual tools with ease. Using the camera from your mobile device, the app provides precise measurements of your room to create both 2D and 3D floor plan models. With more than 1,000 objects including appliances, plumbing, and electrical products, you can furnish your floor plan and get estimates of the costs and materials needed for your renovation projects. An ideal app for real estate agents, architects, home inspectors, interior designers, and do-it-yourselfers, Magic Plan helps enhance renovations.
Painting Your Walls with Dulux and ColorSnap
The walls in a room are a blank canvas that can enhance and emphasize your room’s design statement. Can’t visualize how your room would look with a new colour? Try these two free apps to take the guess work out of choosing your next wall colour. Dulux Visualizer comes from the internationally available paint brand Dulux, and ColorSnap Visualizer was created by American-founded paint and coating company Sherwin-Williams. Both apps turn your smartphone into a portable colour scanner and painter and let you visually see your room splashed with brand-new paint.
Every redesign or renovation project needs a little spark of inspiration. From home interior designs to fashion looks and cooking tips, Pinterest has you covered. The social media, web and mobile platform is easy to use and is a great place to start looking for new ideas. With millions of users contributing and sharing ideas, the possibilities are endless. Discover something you like? Pin it to your board and come back to it as you start your project. Pinterest aims to help you “Discover and Do What You Love” so there is no shortage of ideas to try. Explore all your ideas and get inspired by this brilliant, playful platform.
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