It’s the catch phrase of the age: There must be an app for that? And when it comes to the world of interior design, that’s absolutely correct. There is an app — there’s many — from selecting your wall colour to creating your room layout. We’ve whittled down the widgets and ploughed the plugins to decode the awesomest interior design apps you can’t live without. With these handy tools (all free!) you can style your rooms digitally before dragging home your big-ticket items.
Pinterest is the prince of mood boards with millions of pics to get inspiration from. With such an immense assortment of imagery, you’ll easily locate every single look you’ve been mulling over. Considering a green sofa in a purple room? This search is brimming with hits. Pin the pics you love and create your own mood board to get a feel for the colours, textures and themes you want to recreate in your own home.
Style Sourcebook is a personalised mood-board creator with an easy click-and-drag function. It has 50,000+ furniture and homewares items preloaded from Aussie retailers (including us!). Design your dream rooms by dragging paint colours, rugs, sofas, prints, plants, cushions and lamps into place to see if they work before you go out and purchase. Be adventurous — you can delete items with the click of the button.
Working in a 3D template, on Homestyler you can superimpose furniture and décor onto an actual image of the rooms in your home. Select sofas, curtains, framed prints and flooring with the click of a button and see how they look altogether. The interface is very intuitive and easy to work out. You can even browse other people’s designs to spark new ideas for your own decorating. (Image via Homestyler tutorial on YouTube.)
A comprehensive database of photos and resources, you can search an exhaustive range of styles and locations on Houzz to browse fabulous homes filled with inspiration for your own projects. When you find things you like, save them to your virtual idea board. Houzz also offers plenty of free tips and trends on all things house related in their blog and a list of professionals to help you find what you need.
Have you ever visualised the most alluring shade to paint your room, then found yourself utterly disappointed after spending an entire weekend with the roller? The way we visualise our room colour from those teeny-weeny swatches doesn’t always live up to our grand ambitions. But with Dulux Colour, you can pick your colour, pick a room from their database and see how they look together. It’s easy to tweak your selection until you nail the hue for you.
Another interior design app you can’t live without is RoomScan Pro. Forget tricky tape measures snapping back in your face as you try to measure the dimensions of a room. This app will create an accurate floorplan of your space from your phone. Simply touch your phone against a wall and the app will draw a floorplan for you. It can map the entire house!
A photo and video sharing platform with hundreds of thousands of members, Instagram is a stylist’s staple. Browse furniture and homewares stores, interior designers’ portfolios, inspiring influencer photography and more. ‘Follow’ members to see their latest posts directly on your feed and upload your own styling projects and transformations to inspire others.