AD | Have you ever been faced with an endless choice of colours, styles, furnishings, scales, textures, and more to consider when trying to design your dream home? And then, despite creating a detailed mood board, you have no more than your imagination and scrapbook of images to go by. If this sounds like an all-too-familiar scenario, then you’re in luck. Because, guess what, there’s an app for that! Or rather, several handy interior design apps that you can use to successfully turn your vision into reality.
How can interior design apps help you?
Much of the design guesswork can now be carefully considered choices, all with the aid of technology. You can get all kinds of help from colour identifiers and floor plan creators, to inspirational interior themed boards, and even tools, such as a digital spirit level. And let’s face it, balancing creative ideas when you’re renovating is a challenge! Whether you’ve just begun your interior make-over, or you’re in the midst of a more extensive redesign, the five apps highlighted below might come in very handy.
Used by artists and interior designers alike, Palette Cam allows you to identify and form colour palettes from saved photos or those you take on your camera. So with this useful app, wherever you are and whatever you’re doing, your surroundings can be used to create a unique palette which can later be used in your design. Spotted a patchwork rug* that incorporates all of your favourite tones? No problem! Take a quick snap and upload it to the app.
High precision during your colour selection is available, as the app has a built-in zoom, meaning you can hone in on a particular area of your picture to get each of the visible codes. And you’ll also be able to save the HEX and RGB codes too, meaning you can use your newly created palettes digitally as well.
If you’ve ever rearranged the furniture in a room more than once, and would dearly like to save yourself the effort again, then Magic Plan could be the app for you. It helps you to scan a room in less than a minute and create a digital floor plan on your device.
As well as giving you an accurate vision of how furniture might look in a particular space, you can also draw a floor plan from scratch, and then get estimations of costs and materials required to refurbish a space. These plans can also be exported as they’re compatible with Excel and AutoCAD. Used worldwide, Magic Plan could save you no end of time and muscle-power when you’re designing or furnishing a space.
As the name suggests, iHandy Level allows you to check how level objects are. It’s the digital equivalent of a spirit level, and the reviews are glowing about its precision and accuracy. Following a quick calibration, you’ll never again have to worry about how flat a surface is, or how squarely your objects are hanging. iHandyLevel might be a simple, one-trick pony, but it’s really good at what it does.
With Measured, you can leave your tape behind. So when you’re browsing in shops, you can take accurate measurements, either in imperial or metric units. And then copy a photo to your clipboard for future sharing with zero hassle. All you do is point and focus your phone at the object you’d like to measure, then start measuring. How easy is that!
No interior design apps round up would be complete without mentioning Pinterest, would it? If you find you’ve reached an inspiration-block, Pinterest can be a fantastic way to get the creative juices flowing again. The only problem is the vast array of styles and thoughts shared on this platform make it very easy for ten minutes to turn into a couple of hours browsing. So the really hard task is restricting yourself to using it as an interior design aid, rather than going off in too many other tangents at the same time…
Have you ever used any of these interior design apps to help you visualise your dream home? If so, which ones are your favourites? What other digital tools have you used that you’d recommend? Have you got any interior design tips to share?
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