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The Best Apps for Finding Interior Design Inspiration
When it comes to finding interior design inspiration, it’s easier than ever to download a wide range of mobile apps that offer everything from helpful design tips from DIYers and design professionals, to allowing you to quickly save your favorite 'future dream home' design ideas.
We've pulled together this handy guide with our recommendations for some of the most useful and effective apps for finding (and saving) interior design inspiration.
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One of the most popular apps for interior design is Houzz. Users take a 'novel' approach by creating Ideabooks, which is a place where you can store your favorite ideas and project inspiration. You can save just about everything you see on Houzz within your ideabooks, including your favorite home design photos, stories, profiles of home service professionals, products, discussions, notes and other details related to your home project.
Narrow things down further by searching your personal style preferences like "Modern Furniture" or "Farmhouse Kitchen," or create personal projects like "Office Redo" or "Dream Home Theater" to save additional project-specific details and products to.
By using these tools, you will have your own ultimate personal guide for achieving your desired look.
Pique your Pinterest
For those who like to mix and match, and take a more collage-style approach to interior design, Pinterest offers a vast variety of user and brand-generated content to choose from.
Pinterest is a great aspirational resource for interior design inspiration. Whether through the website or free mobile app, you can 'Pin' images you like to the Boards that you create. Boards allow people to organize all of their Pins (pictures) - from the web or other Boards - around different ideas and interests. You can even follow Boards created by other users for a more curated experience. While you're there, be sure to follow BDI on Pinterest.
Just search for what you're looking for, click "Save" on the images you like, and select the Board you want to save it to for future reference.
Instagram is a phenomenal place to seek out particular pieces or styles that match your design needs, from the best standing desk for your office space to the ideal entertainment center or media console that can accommodate all of your home theater needs.
By searching and following the appropriate hashtags, you can find everything from making the best use of a small space in a studio apartment to how-to-videos on safely mounting a TV to the wall. You can also follow other interior-focused user accounts to receive a daily feed of home decor ideas and motivation.
When you see a room, product or space that you like, simply hit the heart symbol to like it, or tap the bookmark icon to save it to your collections for future reference and enjoyment.
Be sure to follow BDI for some insta-inspiration.
If you prefer more professional “hands-on” attention, you may want to give Havenly a try.
This app and website is the Match. com of your interior design needs and finding the right designer for your project. Havenly lets you upload a pic of whatever room you want to remodel or decorate, and then matches you with a corresponding professional designer based on your style and preferred aesthetic. Then you and the designer can enter into a live chat about how to best go about realizing your dream look.
Chatting with a designer is free, but you also have the option to hire the designer if you want further professional assistance. But you are entirely free to carry out the design plan on your own after your free chat session. The Havenly app is currently only available on iOS.
Room with a view.
Hutch and go
Another creative way to go about home decorating is the Hutch app. Here you can upload a photo of the room you want to work on or select from the available custom templates. The app generally responds quickly - usually not more than one hour - with a 3-D image of a blank room. You can then fill that room with various pieces of furniture, accessories and artwork to see what works best.
Homestyler is a good app to try things on for size, shape, and style. Start your design with a blank floor plan, then simply click on the wide range of furniture and other items from the catalog, selecting by brand, style or type of room. You can insert everything from chairs to lighting fixtures to rugs with a click of a mouse, and then you can arrange things exactly as you want without any heavy lifting.
With design apps like these so readily (and literally) available at your fingertips through every step of the design process, there’s no reason to not get started today on your dream room or home makeover.
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