Digital help for your home décor: 9 apps for smart DIY.
Wednesday, April 29, 2020
With these apps, you can plan your perfect room, connect with experts who can help or get some DIY tips and tools, all from the comfort of your own home.
Floorplans and furniture layouts
Use your phone to scan a room and start building 2D and 3D models of your home. With augmented reality and their catalog of furniture and accessories, you can create different layout possibilities for your home. There’s also the option to measure spaces and estimate costs and materials for your remodel. Available for Android and iOS.
This interior design app lets you browse furniture and décor from retailers like Amazon, Houzz and West Elm. Then, when you’ve taken a picture of your room and added measurements, you can start seeing how those accessories look in your own space. You’ll get a 3D mockup and, if you like what you see, you can purchase those accessories on the spot. Available for iOS.
It’s so frustrating when you see something stylish from your favorite Instagram celebrity or home design blogger but can’t find it in real life. If they’re part of the LIKEtoKNOW.it community, you can use the app to find out exactly what couch, table or even dress they showed in their post. And when you screenshot a social media picture with LIKEtoKNOW.it compatibility, it’ll add the details to your app account. Available for Android and iOS.
- Benjamin Moore Color Portfolio
For some, choosing a paint color is a daunting task. What if you do an entire room in what you think is a gorgeous green, only to find out too late that it looks like baby food … or worse? With the Benjamin Moore Color Portfolio app, augmented reality lets you test colors on your room before you buy. Just as cool, there’s a color matching feature. If you see a color you love in real life, the app will search the Benjamin Moore portfolio for a match. Available for Android and iOS.
DIY and home improvement
- iHandy Carpenter
This 5-in-1 digital tool lets you use your phone as a plumb bob, surface level, bubble level, ruler and protractor. You’d be hard-pressed to fit all of those in your pocket if it weren’t for the app. Available for iOS.
Touting more than 140,000 DIY projects and tutorials, this app will keep your honey-do list fresh. You’ll see step-by-step instructions, videos and pictures as well as materials and their estimated costs, time commitment and skill level needed to complete a project. Browse or search DIYs for your home and garden, get party ideas or find crafts for the family. Available for Android and iOS.
Much like their website, the Houzz app gives you loads of inspiration for interior décor projects, DIY guides, remodeling tips and tricks, gardening advice and more. You can also shop products for the home, ask experts questions about your DIY projects and watch how-to videos. Available for Android and iOS.
Find an expert
When you aren’t sure how to redecorate your house, get expert advice from Havenly interior designers. The app lets you work directly with a Havenly designer, get shopping lists created just for you and transform a room or your entire home, even when you’re low on inspiration. Available for iOS.
When a task is too big or outside your skill level, or if you just don’t have the time, you can always call in the professionals. The Handy app can help you research quality contractors, plumbers, electricians, painters and more. Available for Android and iOS.
Whether using an app on this list or one you find on your own, pay special attention to costs. Some apps are free to download and use, some require in-app purchases depending on how you use it and others require paid subscriptions. You’ll also want to make sure your device’s operating system and version are compatible with the app.