Interior design is a bit like DIY, sometimes the best ideas (bright red walls? A black marble bathroom?) turn out to be an expensive and time consuming mistake. However, thanks to the wonders of modern home technology, you no longer have to live with these costly errors, as there are plenty of ways that you can accurately predict what an interior design change is likely to look like, using a smart phone app. Best of all, most of these apps are free – or at least a lot less costly than trying to cover up a bad paint job. Take a look at the best interior design apps available and get your home how you like it!
Paint my place (iOS only)
This colour painter and editor app is free, or you can upgrade for £2.29, for a more extensive paint database. Essentially, it enables you to see what your existing home would look like with a new paint job. The app incorporates up to 30,000 branded paint colours (with the upgraded version) and you can even share it on social media, to get opinions before you make your decision. All you have to do is snap a photo of the room in question, then choose the paint colour.
Houzz (Android and iOS)
A free interiors design ideas app, created to provide endless inspiration for new ways to make your interiors stand out from the crowd. Browse through more than 7 million interior design photos, home décor and self-decorating looks to find the ideal style for your home.
Color Smart (iOS and Android)
This free paint app is from Behr paints and offers an easy way to find the perfect colour for any room. You can choose your paints by colour family, by decorator style or from the most popular colours and then see how they look by previewing them in a room image. The app offers a way of choosing coordinated colour palettes so you need never again end up with mismatched shades.
Home 3D (iOS)
This interior modeling app has an ingenious design, that allows you to actually create your ideal interiors, in computer generated 3D. Add furniture, paint and wallpaper to every room to get a pretty accurate idea of what it will look life ‘in real life.’
A space measuring app that allows you to note interior dimensions and layouts, to ensure that everything will fit perfectly into a planned new design. Ideal when working with contractors, or when shopping for furniture or supplies.