Home decorators, amateur or professional, have a whole environment of smartphone apps to help them decorate their spaces. Whether you would like to repaint a room, rearrange the furniture or redo the room entirely, there is an app for you. We review our favorites here.
LikeThat Decor is a handy app that allows you to take pictures of furniture you own or see in a store and find pieces like it local to you. You must allow the app to use your location, but it works pretty well, finding similar furniture to a picture or text search quickly. The app doesn’t require an account to be created, so is easy to use. Available for: iPhone and Android.
Ikea Catalog contains interior decorating inspiration and ideas. This app has free publications that show photos and videos of rooms styled by professionals. It also allows you to place furniture in a room of your choice via the camera and animated furniture, although I found the catalogs to be much more useful. Available for: iPhone and Android.
This app by Benjamin Moore allows you to take a photo of any color and get its paint color match. This app would be great for someone who is looking for the perfect color and finds inspiration in inconvenient places. If anyone would like to paint something the color of my puppy’s face, his cheek is taupe fedora CSP-260. Available for: iPhone and Android.
Grace Bonney is the writer for the app Design*Sponge, which is the mobile version of designsponge.com. This blog is updated several times per day and provides posts and photos of beautiful homes and rooms. The app also covers architecture, DIY and more. Available for: iPhone.
Chairish allows you to buy and sell home decor items. Items are sorted by category, style and maker, see photo left. Available for: iPhone.
SnapShop allows you to place items on an empty background or a photo of your choice to style a room without moving furniture. This app is a handy visualization tool to arrange a room with items you own or would like to buy. Available for: iPhone
Zillow Digs allows you to view rooms by category and view the type and cost of each component, such as paint color, flooring and furniture. You can also create boards for inspiration and ask questions about the design. Available for: iPhone.
Homestyler Interior Design
Homestyler is a beautiful app to create rooms based on existing items. Browse empty rooms or snap a picture of your own and place furniture and paint the walls. You can also browse rooms others have created, as well as view the Homestyler catalog. Available for: iPhone and Android.