14 Best Home Design and Decorating Apps

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Easily decorate, shop, and renovate your own home with apps. Do you want to purchase a vintage chair? Do you want to visualize how a new paint color will look in your space without obtaining a roller? Are you looking for a house floor plan? Get your smartphone ready. Almost every step of the process can be streamlined with a home design app, from planning to shopping to measuring to arranging. Now there is no excuse for putting that renovation off any longer. Check out these 19 apps to help you plan a room or house.

Anyone who has ever tried to find just the right piece for a room can attest that it is overwhelming to sort through all the choices. In addition to offering various antique, vintage, and new furnishings, these apps let you see how these pieces would look in your home thanks to new augmented-reality technology.

Home Design Apps for iPhone

1.  Chairish

Download it for free on iOS

Chairish is a one-stop-shop for high-quality, pre-owned decor. Chairish’s curators choose which items to sell based on images sellers upload via the app. Typically, the company will handle shipping, returns, and payment. There is an 80 percent take for items listed for sale. Listing items is free. There will be 15 brands to choose from, including Knoll and B&B Italia, Ligne Roset, Christian Liaigre, and Herman Miller.

2.  Decaso

With its high-end furnishings and decor from vetted merchants, Decaso is a newer venture by the founder of Chairish. Studio Van den Akker and Fat Chance Los Angeles are famous names that will be exhibiting at this show.

3.  Invaluable

Download it for free on iOS

View live auction lots from around the world while sitting on your sofa, chair, or bed. Live and online auctions can be bid on in real-time through Invaluable.

4.  Color911

The app is available on iOS for $4

Color911 app makes it easy to design and save color schemes for any future décor project. Amy Wax creates over 80 downloadable color themes. Still, you can also create a palette based on a photograph or organize preferences into folders, then send them to friends or designers through email.

5.  Color Portfolio

Mobile app available for Android and iOS for free

Are there any colors out there you love that you’d like to incorporate into your home? The Benjamin Moore app will suggest paint options based on a photo you snap, and its technology will suggest colors to match it. Users have noted that some colors are too dark, but the color groups offer suggestions for combining colors.

Home Design Apps for Sketching and Rendering

The following apps will keep your mood boards, sketches, and notes organized, whether you’re a professional designer or like to work like one.

6.  Paper by Fifty Three

Download it for free on iOS

In the Paper app, users can draw, take notes, and combine handwritten messages and photos. Kelly Wearstler and Daniel Libeskind use it to plan out complex projects.

7.  Morpholio Board Pro

For iOS; free for primary use, and $4/month or $12/year for professional tools

With Morpholio Board Pro, companies and individuals can combine mood boards, shopping lists, and cut sheets into one streamlined app that simplifies presentation and project management.

Apps for Measuring Interior Design

Have you ever purchased a stunning piece but been disappointed that it isn’t quite the right size? Worse yet, did it not fit through your door when you brought it home? So that you can get a perfect fit the first time around, these apps will help you take and store measurements.

8.  Photo Measures

It is available for iOS and Android for $7 and $5, respectively

This app allows users to snap a picture of a space and record its measurements right on it, so they don’t need to carry a tape measure around constantly. When it comes to furniture shopping next time, you won’t have to wonder if what you’ve found will fit. Could you take a look at it?

9. MagicPlan

Download it for free on iOS

A MagicPlan software program helps you create floor plans with precise measurements by taking photos of your space. You can also share these plans with contractors, designers, or real estate agents in PDF, JPG, or DXF formats for a fee.

10. Measured

Download it for free on iOS

Lowe’s app enables users to measure spaces and objects using only their smartphones’ cameras using augmented reality. You can save measurements from being ready when you visit a furniture store or home improvement store.

The Home Design App: Styling & Arranging:

Get a great feel for how a room should look, try new art, or get inspired with these apps.

11. Rooomy

Download it for free on iOS

A challenge of buying furniture is picturing it in the space that it will be placed in. By converting two-dimensional photos into three-dimensional renderings, Roomy allows homeowners and designers to envision different arrangements of art and furnishings in their home and then move directly to retailers when they find the right piece.

12. BrightNest

Mobile app available for Android for free

The company behind Angie’s List developed this application to remind homeowners to perform maintenance tasks they often overlook (for example, changing smoke detector batteries). Besides asking questions, BrightNest displays thousands of cleaning, organizing, DIY, design, and maintenance tips in the app’s feed based on user preferences.

13. Housepad

Mobile app available for iOS for free

Michael Bruno, the founder of 1stdibs, designed Housepad to store notes and visual instructions about household maintenance—for sharing among family, guests, and employees. Using this component, home decorators can catalog the furnishings in a home.

14. Design Home

Mobile app available for Android and iOS for free

This top-rated app won’t disappoint if you’re obsessed with home design. The project isn’t your own house. However, you will be working on the interior design of a stunning home using furniture from unique brands, for example, Badgley Mischka, DWR, Brownstone, Brooklyn Workshop, West Elm, and Lexington. While designing your living room, bedroom, bathroom, dining room, outdoor space, and more, you’re sure to get inspired, and you might even find some decent furniture you’ll want to purchase for real.

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