Feb 18, 2015
The Best Interior Design Mobile Apps
Let’s face it: redesigning, redecorating and renewing your house can be challenging. The list of things to take into consideration can seem endless; from determining the room’s natural light, to hanging carefully selected artwork perfectly straight. This goes double when you’re pursuing a new loft conversion! But don’t fear – there are thousands of apps to assist you in designing your dream loft pad, and we’ve picked out some of our favourites.
If you’re only in the early planning stages, and after inspiration, the Houzz Interior Design Ideas app is right up your street. The app’s clean interface allows even the luddites among us to browse through a plethora of ideas and bookmark them in a virtual scrapbook. Save your time, save your money and save your energy – rather than buying countless interior design magazines, just grab this app and get inspired!
This is a free application that’s ideal for amateur designers looking to develop colour schemes to compliment different room designs. Do you need an earthy, tonewood-laden den for the lads? How about a bright, airy space for dining and parties? Use technology to your advantage – Palettes allows you to sift through hundreds of sample colours from photographs, websites, and anything else you can find.
Handy Man DIY is a small, yet pretty powerful bit of kit – and available from Apple’s iTunes Store for a few quid. The app very cleverly allows you to recreate the dimensions of any room in the house, so that you’ll always buy the right amount of decorating disposables. Too much paint, too many tiles, too much laminate flooring or (especially for those converting a loft) too much insulation is a thing of the past with Handy Man DIY – so you’ll save the initial few pounds you spent on the app after its first couple of uses! It’ll also talk you through DIY jobs, like joining, plastering or tile laying via a network of tutorials and videos so that your renovations look professional.
We’ve all been there: you’ve ordered a brand new plush sofa, solid oak coffee table or leather desk chair, waited in all day for the delivery, and then discovered to your horror that it won’t fit through the front door! Or, it’s gotten stuck in that one annoyingly tight corner in the hallway! Well, fret not – the Home Design DIY Interior Room Layout Space Planning & Decorating Tool (try saying that ten times fast!) is here to ensure that these problems will never happen again. This nifty little app, available on Apple’s iTunes Store, can show you exactly how each room will look once your colour scheme, flooring and furniture have all come together. You can virtually paste a new colour or fabric on to your old walls or sofa to get an idea of it, as well as adding the dimensions of your room and arranging furniture in it before you’ve spent a penny. This should save you bags of time, effort and stress!
The final task to complete any newly decorated room is hanging and mounting everything perfectly level – be it pictures, shelves or breakfast bars. You could try desperately to find a spirit level somewhere in the deepest, darkest recesses of the house, or you could just download this free app. The iHandy Level does exactly what it says on the tin – giving you an exact level reading so there’s no more judging by your own eyesight and taking ages.
There are thousands of other apps on the market, but these are our favourites. If you’re looking to play around with different interior design ideas, spruce your loft conversion, or just do a bit of a decorating touch up; a little time spent searching can save you hours in the long run.