Are you thinking of making some changes to your interior, but you don’t know where to start? Look no further than your phone. Whether you're an experienced DIYer or need the help of a professional, smartphone apps offer endless ideas for a simple update or a full transformation of your space. Check out these invaluable apps for your interior inspiration.
Houzz helps you "create the home you've always wanted", from minimalist kitchens and luxurious bedrooms to outdoor showers and garage conversions. It's my number one go-to for reno inspiration and was a godsend when I was struggling to make decisions on the new look of my kitchen. The site boasts an unrivaled library of over 11 million photos you can browse by room, style, budget and size, alongside countless how-to articles, pro advice and discussion forums. You can also connect with home reno and design professionals in your area using their Find a Pro directory - I found an excellent local bathroom design and fitting company through it - and shop Houzz' massive collection of home products direct from their US site. It's a home-lover's dream.
Sherwin-Williams Paint Color Matching App and Visualizer
Need a little help picturing what that paint color you’ve been eyeing will look like on the walls? Leave behind the tiny swatches and the endless sample tins. All you need is your smartphone and the Sherwin-Williams digital Color Snap Visualizer. Compatible on both Android and iOS devices, as well as desktop computers, this helpful tool can give you a realistic impression of what a particular color will look like on your walls. Another fantastic feature of this innovative app is the ability to capture real-life color inspiration with the snap of a photo, turning them into real paint colors that you can use in your space.
The iOS-only Zillow Digs app is essentially a hub for all things home design, remodeling and home improvement, with millions of exciting ideas to be explored. For a clear picture of its endless inspiration, use a top-notch device, like the iPhone 6S or the new iPhone 7. These top-of-the-line smartphones will make taking photos of your space and using other interior design apps a snap.
Specializing in home renovations and repair, Porch.com is a free service that directly connects you with skilled home professionals. Simply enter your project details and pictures of the area where you need the work done, along with your budget, and you’ll be linked up with the right pro to get your reno underway.
Home Design 3D
Rated as one of the best creativity apps, Home Design 3D, compatible with iOS devices like the iPhone or iPad, is a great tool to have when taking on an interior project. This app allows users to place furniture and other items in their home's virtual layout without doing any heavy lifting. With the Home Design 3D app, you can determine whether you should move the sofa or keep it where it is, without lifting a finger - except for swiping on your screen.
These home design apps are not only helpful in informing your projects, they're great for daydreaming too! One of my favourite things to do is relaxing while browsing interiors photos with a cup of coffee. If snapping back to reality is tough, maybe think about making that space you're sitting in right now a little more daydreamy!