the 10 must-have apps for every decophile
if you’re not using these apps, you’re missing out.
Published Jan 8, 2016 5:00 AM
by Cora L. Diekman
Decorators and creative types, rejoice! If you don’t already associate interior design with seriously clever phone apps, it’s time to explore these 10 must-have applications every decorator-at-heart needs NOW.
furniture shopping cheat:
LikeThat Decor and Furniture
Access up to the minute info about a fab furniture finds in mere seconds. Simply snap a quick pic of the furniture with your camera phone and instantly search for similar pieces on popular shopping sites with access to thousands of home catalogs. Features allow you to shop by location, compare prices, save favorite pieces, and share finds with others.
decorate your own space in 3d:
Home Design 3D
Create 2D and 3D renderings of your own interior space for decorating, renovating, or simply fantasizing about the home of your dreams. Draw rooms, create openings, add walls, insert objects, and even view your space in lighting as it appears at different times of the day. User-friendly features allow for simple importing of plans, and easy exporting of final projects—or synchronize with others so friends can provide input.
instantly match a paint color:
Benjamin Moore’s Color Catcher
To instantly match a color to any one of Benjamin Moore’s 3,300 paint colors, simply take a picture of the color, and this app does the rest. Save images, create color combinations, sort favorites, and add notes to keep paint projects organized.
create a sweet inspiration board:
Use this app to organize everything that inspires you all in one convenient place. Create digital inspiration boards that update instantly. Play with color schemes, images, layers, and basic photo editing with the ability to share ideas via email, Twitter, and Facebook. Work on multiple boards at once and even export to a PDF or PNG file for added usability.
measure and calculate flooring materials:
Carpet & Floor Calculator
Instantly take measurements of future flooring projects with the tap of a finger. Way more than a simple calculator, this app includes features that factor in material and labor prices, allows you to save an image with a calculation for reference, configure multiple labor rates for price comparison, and quickly email quotes to friends or contractors. Use for carpet, tile, and even wallpaper with features to account for double roll coverage in metric and standard measurements.
level a picture:
iHandy Level Free
This app is simple and to the point, but totally indispensable when you’re in the throws of (finally!) hanging thatgallery wall
No more guessing in 2016! Do things right.
instantly view furniture in your own space:
Finally! Find out how that fab sofa will look in your space BEFORE you purchase it. Instantly view furniture finds in your own space with this clever app that allows you to overlay an piece of furniture onto an image of your living room. Reposition, rearrange, and adjust to your heart’s content, and even flip through different models and colors. SnapShop instantly accesses furniture from favorite stores like IKEA, Crate&Barrel, CB2, Horchow, and Pier1.
bargain shop for vintage decor:
Yard Sale Treasure Map
Spend a weekend (or two, or three…) scouting local yard sales for just the right vintage piece for your interior space with this easy to use app. Search sales by location, day of the week, distance, and even get a street view of the sale site.
get serious about your renovation:
The Home Depot App
When you’re ready to move beyond inspiration boards and color checkers, access The Home Depot app to shop, price, plan, and compare. You can create shopping lists, find a store near you, and even live chat with experts. Utilize the barcode reader to instantly read reviews about specific products, and FINALLY get that reno off the ground.
design, inspire, browse, and shop:
domino GO App
Of course! No list would be complete without domino’s do-it-all app, which allows you to explore everything you love about domino magazine in one convenient place. Get inspired, shop, browse design galleries, and access domino’s print and digital content for DIY tutorials, recipes, lifestyle reads, and more. Best of all, this app is totally free. So, what are you waiting for?