Interior Design and Home Improvement Apps

Jun 20, 2011

Interior design is no longer just for professionals. With inspiration from numerous design DIY TV programs and a growing number of online resources, determined rookies and decorating lovers are taking the reins when it comes to their own homes. Here are some apps that prove magazine clippings aren’t the only way to gather ideas for your home design projects:

Dwell Magazine

It’s no surprise that beloved modern design staple Dwell has an app for the iPhone and iPad, as well as Android. By keeping it simple with one-word sidebar categories like Ideas, Homes and Products, the Dwell app mirrors the elegance and subtlety of the very modern design it advocates.



This app brings the joy of the Remodelista blog to your iPhone or iPad. Categories such as “Steal This Look” and “10 Easy Pieces” make Remodelista easy to enjoy. A practical grouping of posts by room type and a clipping feature for saving images/ideas add another dimension to the app.


Dream Home Free

This app for the iPhone, iPad and Android provides an alluring collection of interior design photos in location-specific categories, such as Living Room and Garden Landscaping. In addition, images can be sorted by features such as Color, Seasons and Style.


Houzz Interior Design Ideas

With Houzz, viewers browse photos of interiors by room type, style and geographic location. When it comes to content, it’s hard to beat an app with more than 140,000 photos and 250,000 idea books. As a bonus, Houzz allows users to search for local professionals, such as architects, interior designers and contractors.


Color Capture

Use your smartphone to capture a color-rich photo, such as the pattern on a favorite pillow, and this app for the iPhone and Android will scan a multitude of paint hues to find the perfect match.

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ColorSnap® Visualizer for iPhone

Like Color Capture, this app will find a match for your selected image/color. Both apps have their merits and unique strengths, so in the end, your paint company of preference may dictate your choice.


Handy Man DIY

This home improvement app for the iPhone simplifies the process of managing DIY projects. How-to instructions, video tutorials, and the ability to store supply pricing information and calculate room measurements are highlights.


Home Design DIY Interior Room Layout Space Planning & Decorating Tool – Mark On Call for iPhone

If you’ve always wanted to hire a designer but are limited by a budget, never fear—Mark is here. That’s Mark On Call, the virtual designer in this iPhone app that covers everything from room plans to measurements to shopping lists. Created by interior designer Mark Lewison, Mark On Call even includes planning options involving both pre-loaded design elements and uploaded pictures from the user, making it possible to visualize a space before purchasing one item.


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