Use these apps to make your decorating experience easier and more fun!
For many people, decorating is an intimidating process—but it doesn’t have to be. The right apps can take much of the guesswork out of your decorating strategies and make it much easier for you to visualize what a room or even an entire house could look like once your project is finished.
There are many fun and user-friendly apps on the market that can help you make the most of your decorative endeavors. With just a few taps, you can find inspiration and ideas, choose paint colors, plan the design of the room or house, and visualize the finished product. With one app in particular, you get all of these benefits in a single place! It’s like having your own personal interior designer at your fingertips.
Some of the apps in this article can help you decorate by finding inspiration, choosing colors, and visualizing results. Others are great for planning an entire house and a few are good for planning just one room. All of these apps are fun and easy to use. Most of them are free, but some cost extra to add on features.
Here are some apps that can help you lay the groundwork for designing your next project, big or small.
1. Houzz Interior Design Ideas
Houzz started out as a database from which you could source images for inspiration. The company now offers much more than that (like access to professionals). But it’s still the best place to find stylish ideas for every room in your home, whether you’re searching for an afternoon DIY project or a complete remodel. You’ll also find plenty of professional advice on how to pull off a look and create the right vibe in your space. For example, if you see an image of a stunning modern kitchen but aren’t sure how to go about recreating it, there are tons of articles that will explain exactly how and where to purchase those pieces yourself.
If you want to save favorite photos into folders—so-called ideabooks—you can do so in the app or on the web site. And many of them link back directly to retailers, so once you decide on a sofa you can actually buy it without having to leave the site. If there are any questions about products or installation, chances are another user has asked before and will get back with answers pretty swiftly.
Cloth makes color palette design easy. Whether you have a picture of the room you’re decorating or just an article of clothing, Cloth will create a custom color palette for your project to help you pick out the right pieces and make sure your spaces look cohesive and curated. The app also has a feature that lets you “shop the look” for any room in your photo library if you’re feeling particularly inspired.
3. PANTONE Studio
PANTONE Studio is a color-matching tool that allows users to collect and organize their favorite colors. Using the app’s easy-to-use color capture function, design pros can create and save color palettes on their phones or tablets. Explore color schemes, trends, and possibilities in any setting with this creative companion, then share your palettes or collections through email or social media.
4. Planner 5D
Need some help with visualizing your renovation ideas? A tool to create a 3-dimensional model of your next project is available at your fingertips. Planner 5D is a free app that allows you to create 2-dimensional and 3-dimensional floor plans, as well as a rendering of the design project based on pre-made templates or your custom creations. You can also use it to search through thousands of products and items in order to furnish your space, then shop online with one easy click when you’re ready.
Color911 is incredibly easy to use, and could be a lifesaver for anyone who feels unsure about their color choices. The app offers users the option of contacting a color specialist with any questions they may have about colors or color combinations in their home. If you have doubts that you’re choosing the right paint colors for your home, this app is definitely worth checking out.
SwatchMatic is a decorating app that makes color matching even easier… than it already is. Have you ever walked into Home Depot and struggled to find a paint that matched the fabric swatch in your hand? Or just wanted a little help deciding on two complementary colors for an accent wall? This app is here to help! SwatchMatic will take the picture, and then find the closest color match. And if you’re not happy with the first option? It will give you three more options closer to the original image. It’s like having an interior designer in your pocket!
7. The ColorSnap
Why should you care about color? Because picking the right colors for your home is a big deal, and it can make all the difference. This is where The ColorSnap comes in handy. It’s an app that “makes finding, matching, and coordinating colors easier than ever.”
How does it work? Take a picture of anything, anywhere—a flower in your backyard or the spool of thread at Walmart—and upload it to The ColorSnap app. This will give you an exact paint match for that color; you can even save these matches to create a custom palette! You can also use its built-in color picker tool to find an exact color on any part of your screen.
Once you have your palette ready, you can view it using augmented reality so that you can see how it looks in real life before making a purchase! If this sounds like too much work for y’all then don’t worry: see below for some tips on how to pick out colors from photos by hand (or with Photoshop).
Polyvore is an app that allows you to create and manage collages. They can be built directly in the app or pulled together from images found on various websites, which can be handy if you’re trying to build a collection of products from all over the web. You can save and share your creations with others, either through email or social media (Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest are supported).
A digital alternative to mood boards, Polyvore provides inspiration via its collections feature; users have the ability to follow other creators whose content they like. The app also lets you build wish lists—perfect for when others are shopping for gifts for you but don’t know where to start! And in addition to serving as a source of inspiration for yourself, it could also be used as a way to convey your style preferences—or your vision for a room’s decor—to your interior designer or decorator.
This app helps you create floor plans and take detailed measurements of your room. You can then use the data to calculate how much paint or wallpaper you need to buy, as well as see what kind of furniture will work in the space. You can either draw the room by hand or upload a photo and let it generate an illustration for you.
Download: iOS, Android (Free with in-app purchases)
10. Curate by Beaumonde
After you pick the pieces you love, Curate lets you create a mood board. That way, you’ll have a handy reference for when it’s time to shop for new furniture or decor. Or, if you’re in the mood to splurge on your room right now, use Curate to make an online purchase. No matter what your preferred style is—or whether you’re still trying to figure that out!—Curate has something fun and interesting just waiting for you to find it.
If you’re thinking about decorating your home, and you’d like to do it in record time with minimal hassle, consider downloading one or two of these apps. Apps can be the difference in the decorating process when it’s hard to know where to begin. They can provide inspiration and help you visualize the finished product, among countless other possibilities. Whichever app(s) you choose, apps can make decorating more enjoyable.