A winner of Google Play Best App award 2016, this app was also dubbed ‘Wikipedia of interior and exterior design’ by CNN. Truly, Houzz makes picking interior incredibly easy — all you need is to take a picture of a preferred area, be it a room or a garden, and use multiple app’s features to change it.
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For instance, you can add furniture and décor from Houzz store right on the picture to see how it fits, add measurements and draw notes. The app also has an “Ideabook” which is essentially a mood board and a personal library of favorite interior design solutions. Houzz is intuitive and easy to use. Available for iOS and Android.
As the name suggests, this app lets users plan and model their home in various dimensions. Planner 5D has a catalog of over 3000 items to add to the plan to make detailed 2D & 3D floor plans. A huge plus of the app is a catalogue of demo-projects to wrap your head around the principle of work. Besides, users can sync the app with their Facebook and Google accounts to switch to the laptop or share the designs with friends. Available for iOS and Android.
Many of us can’t resist the temptation to walk around IKEA for hours and dream of how this or that item would look in our home. Luckily, IKEA recognizes the sentiment and offers an AR (Augmented Reality) app to make it true.
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The idea is simple as that — choose an item from the 2000+ furniture and décor catalogue, turn on the camera and see how it looks in your room. The app has a precision scale down to the millimeter to ensure everything fits the needed measurements. Available for iOS.
Acknowledged by Elle Décor and other authoritative media, this app was created by interior designers as an opening door into the future of interior design. Morpholio Board has an extensive catalogue of furniture and décor by various companies, including sleek Herman Miller, Knoll, and 3Form.
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Users can create mood boards, collages, and layouts by adding a preferred product on pictures to visualize their dream room. Besides, the app has color recognition tool and suggests a smart swatch of similar colors to experiment with. Available for iOS.
Created by Sherwin-Williams Paint Company, this app lets ‘snapping’ colors from wall paint, furniture or décor to determine the best match. The app is convenient to see how the preferred color would look on the walls of your apartment, how different it is under broad daylight or at the nighttime and even how much buckets are needed to cover the area. Available for iOS and Android.
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Havenly gives an opportunity to chat with your very own interior designer and get tips for free. Users can pick a designer they like or take a quiz to get a personalized match. Those registered in Havenly can get advice on anything starting from floor plans to décor and finishing touches. As a rule, designers also send a visualization of their ideas — all for free. Available for iOS.
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One more Augmented Reality app that makes it easier to visualize and measure, Magicplan calculates if the furniture or décor fits well just by analyzing the snapshots of the preferred area. Writing in the height and width of the room makes the app’s work more precise. Thanks to this app, all the measurements can be stored in one place along with the floor plans. Available for iOS and Android.
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Best Free Apps for Interior Design
While redecorating a room or even an apartment may initially sound fun, often it becomes a taxing ordeal — measuring furniture in the shops, keeping it all written and flicking through endless color palettes can easily kill the vibe. Luckily, the rise of technology makes interior design easier for everyone, especially with the Augmented Reality apps that let you see the result right on your phone screen.