From testing new paint colours, envisioning how furniture will look in a room, measuring rooms and creating floor plans – there’s an app for that!
Use Pinterest to create mood boards for each room you plan on redecorating. Search the app for ideas or click the camera icon on the right of the search bar to use Pinterest Lens, a camera image search tool which finds objects similar to pictures taken straight from your camera, or pictures saved on your phone. See a home decor style or piece of furniture you like? Point your Pinterest camera at it or select a saved image from your camera roll and find ways to bring the look to life for yourself with related images and ideas inspired by your photo.
Augmented reality (AR) is totally changing the interior design world. The IKEA Place app uses the camera on your device to virtually place a piece of IKEA furniture or homeware in your room giving you an accurate impression of the furniture’s size, design and functionality in your home so you can see how it looks before you buy. The app includes 3D and true-to-scale models of everything from sofas and armchairs to footstools and coffee tables.
Need a second opinion? Simply, take a photo of how an item would look in your room and share on WhatsApp or Instagram. Once you’ve found an item that suits your look, you can order your products directly from the IKEA Store. Unfortunately, IKEA don’t deliver direct to the Channel Islands but there are a number of local shipping companies who can arrange delivery for you.
Whether you’re designing, building, refurbishing or redecorating your home, Houzz has you covered. Definitely the most comprehensive home decorating app out there, Houzz has a huge catalogue of over 16 million inspirational photos of home interiors and exteriors. Products within the images are often tagged to help you find, view and buy the products directly from your phone.
Houzz have also embraced and integrated AR into their app. Their ‘view my room in 3D’ feature allows you to see how products look in your home before you buy. On the Houzz Shop, simply select ‘ view my room in 3D’ and a 3D version of the item will appear in a photo of your space. If you’re happy, you can simply buy the item direct from your phone. You can also put together ‘Ideabooks’ of looks you like from stock images as well as pictures of your spaces, to complete the look before you buy.
The app also has a handy search feature for local building and design professionals, including architects, interior designers, builders and repair people.
Don’t just take our word for it – the Houzz app topped The New York Times list of “best apps for home improvement,” the Washington Post called Houzz the “single best source” for finding inspiration and CNN named it the “Wikipedia of interior and exterior design.”
Thinking of repainting? Picture it before you paint it! The Dulux Visualizer app allows you to experiment with colours in your rooms before you take the plunge with a paintbrush. Using your devices camera you can test Dulux paints by simply tapping areas of your room on your screen.
Can’t find the colour or shade you’re looking for? Use the app to capture a colour with your camera and it will find the closest match in the Dulux range. You can even order tester pots directly through the app. Share images with your partner or housemates to get their opinions.
Ever wish you could capture a theme of colours from a photo or painting and use them to create a colour palette for a room?
An asset creation tool for designers, the Adobe Capture CC iOS app has a seriously useful feature which lets you pick out colours and create colour themes based on an image. You can modify your theme swatches between different colour spaces on the image, then pick the colours you want and edit them further.
Once you’re happy with your colour theme you can share it, export it or save it to your phone’s camera roll. You can then use the image in the Dulux Visualizer app to find the closest Dulux colours available using the saved image from your camera roll using the ‘Pick a Colour’ feature. And voila! Visualise the colour theme in the room you want to decorate.
Pre-installed on all iPhone devices
A compass app? For decorating? Yes! A well-kept secret, there is in fact a spirit level function built directly into the iPhone’s compass app.
Simply open the compass app and swipe left to reveal the spirit level. Rest the phone on the surface you’re trying to measure for a few seconds and it will show you a black background if the surface is crooked and will turn green when the phone is level – perfect for home repairs and DIY.
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Finding the perfect inspiration is essential when you’re designing or updating your dream home. With a wealth of beautiful imagery, Instagram is the perfect platform to seek out inspirational home decor ideas, no matter your style, space or budget.
We’ve chosen our top 10 favourite Instagram accounts to follow for interior design inspo – from muted, modern and minimalistic to vibrant, bright and bold.