These days there is, as you’ll be aware, an app for everything. Interior design is no exception, and there are plenty of Android and iOS tools available for everyone from architects to newbies, offering everything from phone-based spirit levels to catalogues full of inspiring ideas. Here’s a look at some of the best.
A coat of paint and a new piece of furniture will freshen any room’s look. Children’s bedrooms are relatively easy to spruce up, which is good news because (a) children grow, and (b) children are messy. Try Peppermint 2 for repainting ideas, while you make the existing bed star of the show with an inexpensive new headboard. It’s a digitized color-wheel that’s easy enough for kids to use. Let them choose their own bedroom colors, and check that the results aren’t going to make people feel physically ill. While they’re busy, you can update the existing furniture online.
Houzz is a great app for those in need of inspiration. Nearly 3 million photos have been uploaded by users, featuring design ideas from both professional and amateur designers. Pick a room and browse, then save the themes you like to an “ideabook”. Users can also ask questions of pros, as well as accessing reviews of contractors. Don’t forget to upload your own designs when you’re done.
For an even broader span of ideas, consider the Phaidon Design Classics app. As the name suggests, it’s full of centuries-worth of inspiration, from everyday objects to entire houses. The only problem with it is that you may find it’s too interesting to actually do anything productive – it’s packed with fascinating stories on the history of every man-made object you can think of. The interface is pleasing to use, having been updated fairly recently.
Here’s a great one for anyone who finds it tedious to measure up rooms for carpets and wallpaper. Photo Measures saves dimension info onto your own photographs of the rooms you need to work on. At the hardware store it’ll be a lot easier to visualize what you need, especially if you’re used to using a rough plan you’ve drawn yourself on the back of an envelope.
Architonic is a handy app that gathers together architectural and interior design products in one place. Pick a category – door handles, for example – and scroll through the options from various manufacturers. It’s a catalogue that’s probably best suited to interior design pros, but if you want to check it out anyway, it’s a free download.