If you can't get enough of looking at pictures of stunning interiors and daydreaming about turning your own home into an impressive showpiece, there are some great apps available to indulge your passion. The best way to view these inspiring images is on a tablet - it's got the advantage of being portable so you can relax with it, but with a much larger display than your phone screen so you won't miss any of the glorious detail. I've compiled a list of apps that will reaffirm your obsession and hopefully help you get closer to your fantasy home. If you're in need of a device to indulge your passion, you can find some cheap tablets that fit your budget and allow you to put a bit more toward your dream project. You can find all of these apps on Google Play - and they're free.
If you still haven't become a 'Houzzer' it's time to join the club! This hugely popular site, and now app, boasts the largest online collection of residential decorating and design images from around the globe - 14 million and counting! - posted by the interior experts and architects themselves, so you have the option to contact and hire the firm if you're lucky enough to find yourself in that position. Houzz also offers an endless catalogue of design stories, advice and tips written by industry professionals. There's a reason it's the No. 1 app for home improvement.
My Dream Home Interior Design
This app collects inspiring interior images from Tumblr sites so you can view them all in one handy place. Organised according to room and design elements, you can search according to your own interests, or just browse the beautiful interiors for fun.
Mid Century Interior Decoration Ideas
Geared toward a more niche group of decor lovers, this app is all about Mid Century modern decor. What makes it useful is that it features decor designed today - Mid Century with a contemporary twist. You can save your favourites and also share them to your social media.
Another app based on a globally popular site, Pinterest is a place to find images of anything and everything due to its platform based on user created content. You can search any home decor interest you have and you're guaranteed to find inspiring pictures within that theme. Most images are "pinned" from websites and offer a link back to the original source which is handy if you want to see the original article the photo came from. And of course you can create your own themed boards, pinning your favourites from the app to keep all of your ideas in one place.
Instagram is mostly known for celebrity selfies, but it's really so much more than that. You may be surprised to find out that it's also an impressive source of interior inspiration. Like Pinterest, it features user uploaded content and there are some well edited accounts created by design lovers. And just about every designer, architect and home decor retailer on the planet is active on Instagram, posting their latest and archived designs and collections. You can find the best accounts by searching your interests by hash tag, for example "interiordesign" or more specific terms like "minimalistinterior" and you will be shown the latest images posted under that hashtag. At the top of the search results you will see suggestions for similar areas of interest which are worth checking out too. If you don't want to be public on Instagram but just want to browse and save, you can set your account to private and hit the 'save' icon on photos you want to keep. They'll be stored in a separate section away from your feed and no one but you can see them.
Right now the big apps are the way to go because they offer unrivalled functionality and high quality, constantly updated content. If you know of any hidden home decor gems in app form please let us know!