Free and Amazing Interior Design Apps to Upgrade Your Home
Upgrading your home in hopes to sell it? Below is a list of the best (and free!) interior design apps to help freshen up a space – whether that means a full room renovation or a simple paint color change.
1. Houzz – best for connecting with professionals
Houzz has made a name for itself with its celebrity home renovation series in YouTube. Today, it has a strong reputation for helping people plan and prepare for home remodeling and design, as well as connecting people to a network of professionals and a marketplace for home decor products.
It’s not surprise that Houzz app offers all the features available on its website, plus access to your saved ideabooks and 3D virtual room staging. Houzz app can also participate in forum discussions with other users to share advice and experience. Compared to other home design apps, Houzz offers the best way to connect with professionals, and includes customer reviews, project budget ranges and contact information.
Photo: The Houzz Blog
2. MagicPlan – best for creating a floor plan
There are a wide variety of floor plan creator apps available to smartphone and tablet users. but MagicPlan offers the most user-friendly experience. This app allows you to create floor plans based on your existing room, or create one for a future space you have in mind. Your planning can get more detailed and realistic by including plans for electrical outlets, flooring types, appliances and other items. The app even allows you to import existing floor plans from elsewhere to use as a template or recreate an existing floor plan for future renovations. Once you’ve created a complete plan, your contractor can even calculate the estimated total cost of the project within the app.
3. Wayfair – best marketplace for home furnishings
Wayfair reports that it offers more than 10 million products in its marketplace, and its app allows you to benefit by planning what will fit best in your home while also shopping for it. App users can take a photo of their room and insert photos of furniture and decor for sale through Wayfair to try out the placement and overall look before adding items to their cart. You can also visualize select rugs, linen and furniture products in your room through augmented reality.
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4. ColorSmart by Behr – best for choosing paint colors
Your preference for specific paint colors may vary by brand, but if you’re looking for an app that will help you make decisions when it comes to painting walls, trim and other parts of your house, look to ColorSmart by Behr. The app allows users to explore color swatches and preview paints and color combinations in sample room images (though not in images of rooms you’ve captured). If you’re out and about and see a building, plant or even fabric color you think would work well in your home, you can take a photo through the app and find the closest Behr color option.
Photo: Kitchen & Bath Design News
5. Ikea Place – best for trying out room design
Ikea is known for its flat-pack furniture, Scandinavian design accessories and showrooms. Couples stroll the aisles arm-in-arm for ideas to make their home cozy without breaking the bank. Now, the Swedish home goods store has an app that helps the user design a room with its augmented reality feature that allows one to place Ikea furniture in the room to see how it looks.
With the Ikea Place app, if you’re at a friend’s house, who knows he got his desk at Ikea but has no clue what it’s called, simply snap a photo of the desk, and the app will search the Ikea catalog to identify it. There is no in-app ordering, however, and users must visit the Ikea website or the actual Ikea store to purchase items.
6. Hutch – best for designing for fun
There are times for serious planning for a new room design or renovation, and other times you just want to pretend you’re an interior designer. Hutch presents users with a daily challenge when they open the app, complete with a hypothetical client scenario, courtesy of Hutch.
For example, design a room in a Spanish-style bungalow for a client that wants a lot of color, at least one wooden piece of furniture and bohemian wall art. All items you put to use are real, with brand and pricing information available, as well as in-app purchasing. Compared to other design apps modeled as games, most reviewers note a big plus is there’s no need to earn fake money to use different furnishings – and no need to spend real money to take part in the challenges.