Building your custom dream home can be a lot of fun. Imagine being in almost complete control over the size and specs of your house. Sound exciting? But what if you’re not in the market for a new house and still want to get the thrill of designing your dream home? Well, you’re in luck, because there are plenty of home design apps, for both iOS and Android devices, that allow you to design your dream house digitally.
Have you seen the Snapchat filters that animate your face? Hutch uses similar technology but with furniture in rooms. Just take a photo of your room, and watch the app’s AI magic work as it redesigns the room by placing furniture (that is directly available for purchase) in the photo. It’s an excellent tool for hobbyist and professionals. Designers use it to conceptualize before transitioning into AutoCAD. Hutch is a free app, available for iOS and Android.
Pinterest has become the go-to resource for design trends and inspiration for millions of people. An excellent place to start when you’re designing a space, Pinterest is easy to peruse and bursting with gorgeous decor and photography. Once you find your favorite images, you can save them to a “board,” which is like a collage or vision board of your favorite “Pins.” You can create different “boards” for anything you’d like, such as; painting, furniture, and room layouts. Or create a unique board for each room in the house.
If you need some fresh ideas, Pinterest always has the trendiest home designs at the moment. Designers love it because it’s a great way to exchange ideas and interact with clients. Pinterest also helps keep ideas organized, and desks free of post-its and clutter. From bloggers to brides, people are utilizing this app,
Join the masses and find out why having “the Pinterest look” has become synonymous with stylish and chic.
Developed by Amy Wax, artist and color expert, Color911 is a cool app for creating and capturing colors. Inspired by a particular sunset? Snap a photo, and you can grab the colors right from the app. Design professionals and consumers alike love the ability to discover and share colors. You can browse, create, and save color palettes to find the perfect shade for your home design project. Color911 is available for iOS and currently costs $3.99.
Size Up is a digital tape measure that allows you to take measurements on-the-go, no toolbox necessary. Just holding your phone in the air and moving it from point to point will capture length, height, and width dimensions of a space or furniture. Size Up is a free app available for both iOS and Android.
This app works great in combination with Size Up. With Photo Measures, you can take a photo of a room and mark the measurements directly on the picture. If you’re having a hard time deciding if a piece of furniture will fit in a room, this app is for you. Great for sharing measurements with designers or contractors, and it makes it easier to visualize what can comfortably fit into a space. Available on iOS ($6.99) and Android ($4.99).
Homestyler Interior Design
Homestyler Interior Design by Easyhome allows users to superimpose fixtures and furniture into an existing room to see how it looks in 3D. Find the style of chandelier you’ve been looking for and dangle it above your table, spin it around, and swap it for another. You can use it for light fixtures, paintings, rugs, and more. You can also browse photos for inspiration and share favorites with friends. Homestyler is a free app available on iOS and Android.
Paper by FiftyThree
Paper by FiftyThree has evolved from a sketching apps to a complete digital notebook. With the flick of your finger, take quick free-hand notes, excellent for anyone bursting with creative ideas. You can also share your ideas with your social networks, email, or camera roll. Popular amongst designers, Paper is available for the iPad and iPhone and works great for sketching rooms or an entire house.
You have to see Amikasa to believe it, you’ll feel like you’re in the room with the exceptional 3D graphics and augmented reality. Pick and choose from real brands products to fill and decorate photos of your actual rooms with stunning accuracy and imagery. With Amikasa, you can choose from colors, materials, and even flooring submitted by designers. When you’re all finished with your layout, take a virtual walk-through tour of your room. Amikasa is free and available on iOS and Android.
RoOomy allows users to virtually stage a room to see how it would look. You can upload a 2d photo, and it will render it 3D. If you’re debating adding some furniture or art to a room, or can’t decide what color a piece of furniture should be, RoOomy will help. There’s a direct link to purchase from the retailer, once you’ve found the perfect decor/layout. You’ll never have to worry about having furniture clash again. RoOomy is a free app, available for iOS.
Houzz is much more than an app. The Houzz website is a vast resource of information and hosts an online community to discuss ideas and find inspiration for architecture, interior design, and more. The mobile app is a fun, and feature-rich extension of the avid community. The Houzz app allows you to browse millions of images and save them for future inspiration. You can also purchase the items in the photos. If you’re ready to take the leap and design a room yourself, the app can send renderings to others for approval. The Houzz app is free and available for iOS and Android.
Whether you’re already living in your dream house and just want to feel like a designer, or in the middle of a renovation or complete remodel, try some of these easy and fun apps, and let your interior designer fly.