Decorating your house can be an intimidating task. There are so many components to it: from choosing the colors, arranging your room (to get the Feng Shui just right), figuring out what you need and how to actually do the project you have in mind, to finding the perfect furniture and décor. Planning your home improvement project can be exhausting and daunting. Don’t panic! This list is full of suggested apps to support you through every design idea.
Color palette apps for design ideas
Picking a color palette for your home decorating project is arguably the most important step when decorating a room. Once you have your palette, it’s time to determine the colors for the walls, furniture, and all the fun decorative touches to make your house a home. A computer screen can display 16.8 million colors. That’s a lot of colors to pick from. These apps will make choosing the perfect color palette less daunting.
This app has the solution for all your color emergencies. With inspiration from color specialist Amy Wax, you have creative power to create and modify colors and palettes. With Color911, you can build and organize a palette library with an optional section for notes. This app has been featured on This Old House, and in Architectural Digest, Elle Décor, and Lonny Magazine. This app is currently only available for iPhone smartphones and tablets.
This app by Sherwin-Williams lets you Colorsnap any color you see and like. Capture color inspiration whenever and wherever you are. Take real world colors and turn them into Sherwin-Williams paint-color swatches on your smartphone. Upload a picture, and the in-app visualizer will instantly match colors to make a personalized palette. See what these colors will look like on the walls by displaying the colors painted in sample scenes. This app is currently available for both iPhone and Android smartphones and tablets.
Much like ColorSnap, Color Capture by Benjamin Moore also lets you capture colors wherever you are. Upload a picture, and the app will instantly match the colors to over 3,500 Benjamin Moore paint colors. Create and save your own color combinations. Connect and share them with friends via social media and email. This app is currently available for both iPhone and Android smartphones and tablets.
Create instant palettes on your smartphone with ColorSchemer. There’s over a million pre-made palettes and you can search by keywords like “ocean” or “fall” to find a color combination to fit the exact mood and theme. Pull color palettes from photos you upload or use the convenient in-app color wheel. This app is currently only available for iPhone smartphones and tablets.
This subscription-based app, made by Pantone, lets you create your world in internationally-recognized Pantone colors. With PANTONE Studio, you gain access to more than 10,000 standardized hues. Upload your own photo to create a custom palette with colors extracted from the image. Build palettes and test on 3D-rendered materials and designs. Discover color harmonies with their RGB, CMYK, HEX, and Extended Gamut references. Then, share your work with friends and clients via social media and Adobe Creative Cloud. This app is currently only available for iPhone smartphones and tablets. However, myPANTONE is available to download on Android, and features the same functions.
DIY project helper apps for design ideas
The following helpful apps will have your back for everything DIY-related. They’ll give you inspiration for projects to do around the house, tell you what materials to get, and provide instructions and pictures. Even connect with professional help directly through some of these app.
Your go-to app for all things home improvement and interior design. Zillow Digs provides cost estimates, paint colors, and product details – all on your smartphone. Get inspired by browsing images organized by room space and style. Find the products you’ll need to re-create the design. See what your favorite colors will look like in without getting a drop of paint on your walls – just virtually paint your room. This app is currently only available for iPhone smartphones and tablets. However, the website zillow.com/digs/ features the same functions and is easily accessible for Android smartphones and tablets.
Improve and update your home, no matter if you’re building, remodeling, or decorating, with Houzz. Find inspiration and browse millions of high-res photos. Use the app to find architects, interior designers, or contractors in your area. The app features other user reviews, so you can find the right person suited for your style and budget. Post your dilemma in the discussion boards to get input from professionals and other Houzz users. As if that’s not enough, shop within the app for home accessories and furniture. This app is currently available for both iPhone and Android smartphones and tablets.
Snapguide is a beautifully-designed app featuring how-to guides for DIY projects. Within the Snapguide app, you’ll find a wide variety of topics that aren’t limited to home improvement. Learn best tips and tricks for gardening, crafts, food, automotive, and more. If you have a project you’d like to share, create your own guide. This app is currently only available for iPhone smartphones and tablets. However, the website snapguide.com features the same functions and is easily accessible for Android smartphones and tablets.
Room layout apps for design ideas
These apps will help you make a floor plan of your house from your phone. Never again will you have to drag the couch to three different walls before you figure out the perfect spot for it. Instead, you can drag it around with your finger … on an app.
Home Design 3D
Design a floor plan, furnish, and decorate with Home Design 3D. Draw out your floor plan in 2D or 3D, add doors and windows, and adjust the height and thickness of walls. Next, decorate both the interior and exterior of your home. Choose from thousands of pieces of furniture and edit any function. Functions in-app include style, size, color, position, and altitude on the walls. There’s even a function to photo-realistically render your home in 3D – just like you’re walking through it. This app is currently available for both iPhone and Android smartphones and tablets.
Quickly and easily make a floor plan with the help of Rooms. Enter the dimensions of your room and furniture, then drag, rotate, and resize until you find the perfect floor plan. A color pad will let you make it look realistic by controlling the color and texture of the furniture and floors. This app is currently only available for iPhone smartphones and tablets. However, the website listlogicsoftware.com/rooms/ features the same functions and is easily accessible for Android smartphones and tablets.
Photo Measure lets you save and share measures and dimensions on your phone. Take some photos of the room and then add the dimensions in directly on top of the photo. This in-app Augmented Reality also works with a picture of any piece of furniture or art. Since Photo Measure lets you store room dimensions in your phone. Now you’ll never have to worry about passing up on something that would go perfectly in your home, for fear it won’t fit. This app is currently available for both iPhone and Android smartphones and tablets.
Since we’re on the topic of hanging photos- if you’re hanging something, want it to be level, but can’t find the tool, your iPhone has a built-in level! Open the compass application and swipe left to locate it. If you have an Android, there are plenty of free level options, but we recommend the Bubble level.
Furniture-finding apps for design ideas
These apps help you find the perfect furnishings for your life/home. They’ll help you visualize them in your space.
Use augmented reality to visualize furniture from your favorite brands like IKEA, Crate & Barrel, Pier1, and more, through live video and photos. Point your camera or upload a photo of the place you’d like to see the furniture, and SnapShop will overlay the item. You can then adjust the position, rotate, and flip through different models and colors. If you find something that’s a perfect match, tap the shopping cart button to go directly to the retailer’s website. This app is currently only available for iPhone smartphones and tablets. However, the Cimagine app features the same functions and is easily accessible for Android smartphones and tablets.
Chairish Home Décor and Vintage Furniture
Chairish is the app to buy and sell unique high quality home décor, furniture, art, and more. Browse by category and collections to find items that fit your taste. The Chairish marketplace is a great place to find pre-loved furnishings and sell some of your own. This app is currently only available for iPhone smartphones and tablets. However, the website www.chairish.com/ features the same functions and is easily accessible for Android smartphones and tablets.
Facebook Marketplace allows you to discover, buy, and sell items in your community, conveniently from the Facebook app. It’s a great place to find furniture nearby at a decent price- I bought my kitchen chairs on here for super cheap! To access, click the Marketplace button that looks like a little shop on the bottom of the screen right next to notifications. Since it’s connected with Facebook, you’re able to click and view the profile of the seller so you know exactly who you’re buying from. This app is currently available for both iPhone and Android smartphones and tablets.
Curate connects art buyers and sellers. Virtually preview your favorite art on your wall before you purchase. If you’re scrolling through the gallery and see a piece of art you’d like to test on your walls, simply take a photo of your wall, enter in the dimensions, and you’ll be able to see the work on your wall instantly. Curate doesn’t just limit you to scaling works that users are selling, you can take a photo of any prospective art and scale it onto your walls too. This app is currently available for both iPhone and Android smartphones and tablets.
Although these apps won’t paint your walls or build that closet organizer for you, they’ll guide you through every step of the process. They'll provide plenty of design ideas, ensuring that your fun weekend project doesn’t turn into a DIY disaster year. If you're still looking for the best smartphone to run all these amazing apps from, stop by your local TCC store.