Interior design apps are fast becoming the go to gadget when it comes to home renovations. Searching through the various app stores, there’s a decorating app for almost anything; from selecting which furniture pieces you want in your kitchen to what colours would look best on your bedroom walls. We’re not exaggerating when we say there’s a lot out there, that’s why we’ve edited down the top picks to provide you with a manageable and little less scary list. Ideal for amateur interior designers and proud homeowners, this selection of decorating apps for android and IOS will make it easier than ever for you to gather interior design inspiration, learn loads of interior design tips and gain plenty of modern interior design ideas.
Use it to: Gather inspiration and bookmark ideas.
If you are looking to renovate or redesign any aspect of your home, whether that’s structural or with new furniture pieces and furnishings, the Houzz app is a great place to start. With features that make it a wonderful blend of other sites like Pinterest and Facebook, Houzz will become your go to design app when it comes to anything interiors. You can comment and share your ideas of interiors and spaces, while also being able to save products to your own idea books. All of your idea books are saved on your profile for quick and easy access. Houzz is well known for its wealth of brand professionals using the site, meaning you can directly ask both brands and designers the questions you want answers to (you can view our Houzz profile here). With over 10 million photos and 35 million users, you really will have the world of interiors at your fingertips.
Use it to: Find colours for your space
Being the authority figure of the colour world, Pantone really do have the final say when it comes to disputes over whether it’s green or blue, pink or purple, turquoise or teal… The MyPantone app allows you to take pictures and match all of the colours in the image to the 1,000’s of Pantone shades. You can also find the RGB of colours which is incredibly useful if you are doing anything on photoshop or online, as you can get an exact colour match. Being big fans of colour here at Danetti, we had a go at testing the app on the Pantone swatches we have in our office. Although the app did have some trouble finding an exact colour match to its own colour swatch, we really can see the apps potential. Our design team said that they would probably use it for capturing colours on the go and making mental notes of colour references. We use Pantone as a colour reference for a range of our products, so this app is great for matching up some Danetti pieces! There are so many colours in this app, so if you are a fan of colour it’s not one to be missed.
Name: ColorSmart by BEHR®
Use it to: Find colours and see how they would look in a space.
If you don’t want to pay for the Pantone app, ColorSmart by BEHR® is a handy (and free) alternative. I wasn’t sure whether to include it in this list purely because you can’t actually buy their paint in the UK as it’s an American company, but the features in the app still make it incredibly worthwhile. Like the MyPantone app, you can take a photo and get a colour match to any of the shades in the image. The ‘explore colour’ tab gives you a whole variety of colours to choose from and is a great place to start when deciding what colour you want in your space. I really like how this decorating app suggests what colours will go with your selected shade. It also gives the palette a title which is so useful when you are trying to focus in on what look you want to go for. Seeing what colours coordinate best is also really handy when choosing furniture pieces such as occasional chairs or dining chairs, as you can get a rough idea of how the colours will work together in your space. From the selection of palettes I opted for ‘cool tones’ and using the stock images provided, I was able to paint the colour onto the wall. Although this isn’t my room, I found I still got a much better feel of what the colour would look like in a space rather than just seeing it as a colour swatch. This colour app is great for anyone who’s much more in the seeing is believing mindset, as it gives a much clearer idea of how colours can look in a real space and setting.
Use it to: See how your space will look.
I really enjoyed using the HomeStyer decorating app. It’s simple and easy to use while also being quite fun to just play around with. Choose your space, either by taking a picture of your own room or if you just want to test it out, select one of the stock images to get started. You can then scroll through a whole variety of products, dragging and dropping the product where you think it looks best. You can select furniture by room or by brand, a great feature if you have a particular piece in mind and want a clear visual of how it could look in your space. The backgrounds that you use are flat images so there are no 3D room views in this app. I also had some trouble putting pieces at certain angles in front of particular backgrounds, but this interior app is ideal if you want a quick and simple way of viewing products in your setting.
Name: Planner 5D.
Price: Free (with in app purchases)
Use it to: Create 3D models and floor plans of your home.
The best way to describe this app is that it’s like a handheld version of Google SketchUp for interior layouts. With both 2D and 3D modes, you can create your floor plan and place in different furniture pieces, switching to the 3D view to get an even more in depth look at your creation. Using the app is pretty straightforward, it’s just as case of using your fingers to click, drag and drop the various items. You can add measurements and keep your furniture to scale if you want a more realistic idea of how the pieces will not only look but also fit in your space. There are lots of product categories in this app, from windows and doors to tables and chairs, not forgetting your garden as there’s also trees, garages and even pools to choose from. The only ‘catch’ is that not all the items are free. If you want access to all the products in the app, you’ll need to upgrade to a paid version. However, if you’re committed to creating your ideal home in 3D model form, we definitely think it’s worth it. If not, there are plenty of free pieces to use and play around with to help you get a general idea of how the space will look.
Use it to: Manage your project.
Once you’ve decided on the design of your space and what pieces you’d like to have in it, BrightNest is a great next port of call for project management of both tasks and renovations. If you’re a little (…very) forgetful like me, this app allows you to create schedules and to-do lists to make sure you get things done. You can also use the app as a hand held note pad, jotting down the name of furniture pieces or wall decor you’d like to purchase. It’s great for keeping track of all the smaller things you are likely to miss when you renovate or move house such as cleaning the gutters and changing the batteries in your smoke detector. There’s also loads of information for general home maintenance like how to get rid of ants and handy Spring cleaning tips. To make sure you’re being shown posts that are interesting and relevant to you, you’ll be asked questions about your home that allows the app to provide you with information, blog posts and design tips that are much more useful.
Have we inspired you to give some of these apps a try? Maybe you’re using them already or we’ve missed your favourite one off of the list… Let us know in the comments!