Technology has made just about everything in our lives easier — and interior decorating is no exception.
From options from well-known magazines and websites to ones made by interior designers themselves, there are dozens of home decorating apps new homebuyers can choose from when styling their new digs.
Do you want help personalizing your new space? Just want to make over your old one? Here are the 10 apps you want to help you do it:
Havenly is an online interior design service that offers digital design consultations, custom design concepts, and even a personal ordering service to secure the decor and furnishings your space needs. Its accompanying iOS app helps streamline the whole process. Upload photos of your home, chat live with a Havenly design consultant, and collaborate on the perfect design and layout for the space.
Love a good vintage vibe? Then download Chairish — the throwback furnishings and decor app you won’t want to miss. Chairish offers everything from furniture, art, home decor, and more, all in well-known vintage brands and styles. Bidding is easy, and you can lock down a purchase just one tap. Best of all, there’s no buyer’s remorse here. You can digitally preview the items in your own home before you buy! (Looking for really luxe items? Head to Chairish’s partner app Decaso.)
Houzz is a well-known hub for home remodeling inspo, and its app? Well, that one’s no different. Use the Houzz app to browse more than 18 million home design photos and check out millions of furnishings and decor options (as well as real-life customer reviews for them). There’s even a 3D feature that lets you visualize potential products in your home (called View in My Room), and you can also connect with and hire remodeling pros from across the country. It’s basically a one-stop-shop for all things home design.
Want a tastefully arranged gallery wall, but can’t quite seem to get the balance right? WallARy’s “Gallery Wall Editor” app can help. Just upload the photos you’re considering, and arrange the potential pieces live on the screen. Still need to frame a few photos? No problem. WallARy can help you test out various frame colors to gauge the impact.
5. Sun Seeker
Want to know just how the room will look in the bright of day or once the sun has set? Sun Seeker can help. Use it to track your room’s sun exposure at various points in the day, and plot your furnishings accordingly. (Maybe keep that deep-blue recliner out of the sun’s bleaching rays?)
If you’re going for an Instagram-ready look in your home, then LikeToKnow.It is your answer. Influencers use this app to tag items on their photos and link out to online shops and sites. Just follow your favorite style icons on the app, and get instant access to all the products and home decor they’ve snapped pics of. You’ll have a Kardashian-worthy home in no time.
Planning on doing some re-painting inside, but not sure which colors will flow from room to room? Consider Color911 your go-to resource. The handy tool makes building color palettes easy, and you can even use it to identify complementary colors for an already existing wall or piece of decor.
If you’re just looking for a quick, easy, and affordable app to shop on, then Wayfair is your jam. This place has everything from rugs and pillows to bed frames, couches, dining room tables and more. Basically anything you need, Wayfair has it. (Fair warning though: most of it requires some serious elbow grease to put together).
Just want a little visual inspiration? Dwell magazine’s app can help you there. With snaps of jaw-dropping interiors, fresh exteriors and innovative takes on design and decor, it’s an app you won’t want to put down (especially when viewed on larger-screen devices like iPads).
10. IKEA Place
Thinking of buying a few IKEA pieces? Download IKEA Place first. The app lets you place IKEA products virtually in your home, so you can visualize the look as well as narrow down the perfect layout. You can even export your photos to Instagram to get feedback from friends.
Bonus Mention: Decor Matters
Haven’t bought a home yet? Just don’t have the budget to redecorate? Try your hand at Decor Matters — a design-centric mobile game that lets you create mood boards, customize your own home designs, and learn about unique decor styles and trends. There are also loads of real-life DIY projects you can take on if you’re feeling motivated.
Financing Your Decor Dreams
Do you need cash to cover all those home decorating expenses? A cash-out refinance may be able to help. Get in touch with an Embrace loan officer to see if you’re eligible or start the application process today.