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Rachael Miller's Top Picks for Decorating Apps
These days we use our mobile phones and tablets for almost everything; banking, shopping, socializing and even decorating. Yes, that’s right- you can now take advantage of several apps to help you with your decorating projects. Here are a few of the best.
This home decorating application for the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch helps you create colour palettes. The application also allows you to find items on the web that match the selected colours and add these selected items to a virtual board. Moodboard also offers a free 'lite' version that limits the number of available colours you can use for the colour palettes.
My Deco 3D Room Planner
This application allows you to upload an actual floor plan or choose pre-loaded plans for a room. After selecting this floor plan, you can decorate the room using a gallery of interior finishes. My Deco 3D Room Planner also supports both two and three-dimensional renderings of your rooms.
Ikea Home Planner
Ikea's free application facilitates designing various rooms in your house with Ikea furniture. The application allows you to customize your floor plan, select furniture items from the Ikea furniture range and calculate costs. Additionally, you can print the specifications of the selected furniture directly from the application on completion of a room. This simplifies the process of purchasing the furniture when you arrive at an Ikea store.
Created by Autodesk, the Homestyler application allows you to plan home, office and apartment spaces. The application offers a floor plan mode that allows you to customize the space with walls, furniture and finishes. In addition, the application's 3D mode offers realistic views of the designed space.
Small Blue Printer: Garden Planner
This application is an online design tool that helps you select landscaping and design the layout for your landscaping. The application comes pre-loaded with hundreds of landscape features you add to your designs with a simple mouse click. For example, you can select fences, water features, plants and walkways. The application also offers both two and three-dimensional renderings of the completed landscape designs.
Another application for the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch, Units is a tool that converts different types of measurements. For example, the application allows you to enter a length in meters and it instantly converts this measurement into other commonly used lengths including millimeters, inches, feet and yards. The application also supports the conversion of temperature, volume, energy and flow.
This application for the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch turns your iPhone or other type of iOS device into an accurate level. This facilitates hanging pictures, bookshelves or any other household item that needs to be straight. The application is simple to use and requires you to place your iOS device on the surface and press a "Calibrate" button to determine if the surface is level.
Home Sizer is an Android application that helps you plan the best use for the space in the room. The application requires you to enter a room's dimensions. It will then calculate the area of the room and the cumulative usable square footage of your entire home. Home Sizer also allows you to enter notes about each room including ideas and to-do lists.
Sweet Home 3D
Sweet Home 3D is a free interior design application that supports placing your household's furniture within a two-dimensional rendering of your home. The application also offers a three-dimensional preview mode and includes a database containing more than 1,000 furniture items.
NB: These apps are a great way to help you improve your home. Remember to consult your home insurance provider if you’re planning on making any big changes to your house or garden as these could affect your policy.
These apps can be found on:
Apple App Store