Are you dreaming of a color change for your living room or making over your bedroom? What about a full remodel or staging it to sell? Because we have the advantage of living in the 21st century, there is an app for that. Actually, there are many. Right now, you can virtually paint, redecorate, remodel and arrange and purchase art all via your smartphone or tablet, without spending a dime (well, except for the price of the app in some cases).
If you are going to put your home on the market, you can digitally stage it without spending thousands on new interiors and a professional stager. No matter what your design and decorating goals, give them a mobile dry run with apps that allow you to browse, shop, experiment and then share your ideas with designers or family and friends.
We’ve rounded up some of the most interesting home design apps to help you along your journey. The best part: you won’t even have to leave your home – at least not for now. The downside: some of these apps are so good that you’ll have a hard time pulling away from them once you start perusing all that they offer.
So sit back, relax and dream about that perfect home décor style. These apps can bring your wild ideas closer than ever to becoming a reality. In some cases, you can also save time, hassle and money along the way.
When you’re ready to make the virtual room a reality, speak with a loanDepot Licensed Lending Officer about financing options.
In the meantime, here are some design apps that get those creative juices flowing:
Available for iOS or Android; free
If you’re looking for some home décor inspiration, Houzz has you covered. Users can search more than 16 million photos by category, such as kitchen, bedroom décor or pool. They can also shop for specific items from the photos they find or look up a wide range of professionals, from interior designer to house cleaner. Caution: This app can quickly become addictive. After we downloaded the app and started to browse around, we completely lost track of the time and now have 25 new ideas for how we’d like to rearrange the family room.
Available for iOS; $3.99
If you’re on the lookout for the hottest fashion colors for spring 2018 or valuable tips for choosing the perfect gray, you’ll want to download Color911. This app provides more than 80 downloadable color themes, and also lets users select colors from a color wheel or retrieve colors from a photo. Users can organize their favorite color combinations into folders and share with designers, family members or friends. We snapped a photo of the kitchen, uploaded it and then looked around to see which colors would complement our current theme.
Available for iOS; free
Rooomy provides virtual staging with products currently available online. Users can browse a range of different styles, from monochromatic dining to tranquil master suite, and then view them in 3-D to see how the furniture and design will look from any angle. There are also links to retailers so that users can purchase the items they like best after browsing. It can help with virtual staging of real estate, to help sell a home more quickly without the expense of actual staging.
Available for iOS; free
Art.com is perfect if you’re contemplating a new piece of artwork but are unsure about how it would look on the wall of your home. With Art.com, you can use augmented-reality to see how specific pieces will look in your rooms, prior to buying. Arrange them with current pieces, available walls and furniture before you decide to buy. You can also browse among curated collections and framing options for help with your art search.
Available for iOS; free
With the Decorator app, you can choose a room, select all the furniture, accessories and paint colors and then observe the space to see if it resonates with you. If you have some ideas but aren’t sure how they’ll all come together, this app will let you brainstorm, experiment and see the final product – within just minutes.
Whether you’re just beginning to dream about what to do with the downstairs bathroom or you’re ready for a complete home makeover, these apps can do wonders for illuminating your own personal taste and style. You can try countless combinations without a single trip to the home-improvement store.
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Published Feb. 16, 2018
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