Interior design requires plenty of creativity. An imagination strong enough to visualize your ideas coming to life, and to see if this beautiful new couch will work well with your current wallpaper but without actually buying anything and lugging it home. It’s one of the reasons why, for most home designers and DIYers, the first few renovations can be hit-and-miss, but not anymore.
Thanks to the rapid growth of the mobile app market, we can now see our ideas come to life right from our mobile phones. As explained by the people behind mobile website Pocket Fruity, growth in mobile internet is among the strongest trends on the internet landscape to date. The number of smartphone users has grown from 1 billion in 2012 to nearly 2 billion this year. There are over 1.5 million apps on Google Play and the iTunes App Store, and many offer solutions to some of life’s most basic problems, including home decoration.
The Homestyler Interior Design app is possibly the crème de la crème – the very best of interior design apps out there. Available on both the Google Play Store and the iTunes App Store for free, the app has been repeatedly hailed as a “can’t-live-without” app for designers. It has a myriad of features that are perfect for the struggling home decorator, including a stream of ideas from other users, which you can comment on and “heart” – similar to how things work on Instagram – as well as articles on design tips and how-to’s. Its most prominent feature – and the one you will probably use the most – however, is the one that lets you take a snapshot of your room, and then use realistic virtual items to customize it.
As you can see, you can even adjust the color of the paint on the walls, add blinds, floor lamps and rugs. There’s a great catalogue of items on the app, and even if you’re not planning on redecorating any time soon, it’s fun to experiment on different looks and try to come up with your next great room design. Most of the items on the app are also branded, so you can recreate your plans on the room just as you want them. Once you’ve created a design you like, you can share your room to other users as well, and get comments and feedback so you can further refine your style. The app can even put you in touch with professional designers in your area, should you need additional help with your designs.
This is a guest post from Joan Oliver
Joan Oliver has been obsessed with reading decorating blogs since she bought her first apartment — a boring 1-bedroom with tacky wallpaper and a hardwood floor. She’s since learned to experiment with what’s in her budget and make her living space truly her own, inspired by the current trend of refurbished lofts in London.