Saturday, September 15, 2018

Best Interior Design Web-Based Tools and Apps

Stymied by interior design? Not sure what colors go together? Having a hard time visualizing the space? Yes, there’s an app (or two) for that. From color planning and furniture arranging to choosing the right style for your home, there’s an app for almost every step of the home décor process.

The great thing about these tools is that you don’t have to repaint your rooms or rearrange your furniture a gazillion times. You get a pretty good idea of what you need and can tweak the plan as you go. Read on to discover the best web-based tools and apps to help you begin your room re-design.

beautifully designed room

Web-Based Design Tools That Put Everything into Perspective

1) Roomstyler 3D Home Planner With this cool web-based tool, you can upload your own floor plan, or find a floor plan that matches yours, and go to town on designing your space. You can insert doors, walls, windows, and choose from a plethora of interior finishes. There’s a quick tutorial that makes getting started easy.

The interface is easy to use, so you can review your plan and 3D image at the same time. You even paint the walls from a large color selection built into the tool. You can design rooms or create a mood board and browse other interior designs for inspiration. You can use the software without signing up, but sign up is free, so there’s really no reason not to.

As a member, you can save your rooms and access them from anywhere. It’s a great tool to get your ideas organized and share them with an interior designer.

room designer tool from Baer's Furniture
2) Start a Room Plan Baer’s Furniture’s Start a Room Plan tool is available right on their website. It’s free, but you do need to create an account to use it. You can find it in the lower right-hand corner of every page. Click on it and a floorplan will come up. Choose your room, add your dimensions, and drag and drop furniture from the sidebar on the left.

You can change the furniture’s dimensions and placement in the room. What size sofa is best for your space? Can you fit a sectional? Do you want to? All these questions and more can be answered by the Start a Room Plan tool. You can save your floorplan and it will be accessible from anywhere. Or print it out and take it with you when you go furniture shopping.

The great thing about this tool is that it is right on the Baer’s site, where once you decide on your furniture, you can browse different pieces until you find the ones you like. Or head into the store and take advantage of the complimentary design service. An in-house designer can help you choose the perfect pieces for the plan you’ve made.

3) Design a Room Color matching is one of the biggest stumbling blocks when choosing a new sofa, paint color, area rug, and just about anything else you put into your space. You can’t always take your favorite chair with you, or those pillows that you want to keep in your design. Enter Design a Room from Armstrong Flooring.

This 3D virtual program lets you see a variety of color combinations for cabinetry, flooring, walls, ceilings, and even countertops. It does not include furniture choices, fabric colors, or upholstery options. But, it does help you learn about the products. When choosing flooring for a bathroom, you might see a note letting you know if your choice – hardwoods for example – is recommended. This means that your room will not only look beautiful but be functional as well.

Apps for iPhones and Androids

4) Color Capture Have you ever been out and about and see a color, or color combination you love? And then wondered how to find it in a paint? Now you can with Benjamin Moore’s Color Capture app. Just use your phone’s camera to take a photo of what inspires you, and the app will give you the matching paint color as well as coordinating shades. You can save them for later. Users have commented that the actual paint color is usually darker than what you see on the app, but that is not unusual since no screen displays a color exactly the same. But, this gives you a good start of finding the color palette you want for your home.

5) SizeUp If you, like many of us, often forget to measure before you head out on your shopping trip, SizeUp might just be a life-saving tool. Just like an actual tape measure, this app gives you the length, width, and height of a space of object by moving your phone from point to point.

Simply place your smartphone on the surface you want to measure, press start, and move your phone in a straight line to the end point. You can measure any object, including couches, chairs, and dining room tables and store their dimension for future reference. That way, you’ll have all your measurements in one place, so if you happen to see a piece of furniture you like, you won’t have to go home and check to see if it fits.

So, before you embark on your next design project or furniture shopping trip, check out these apps that take some of the stress out of planning a room, or even an entire home.

Read Baer's Furniture Interior Design reviews to learn more. Find more design inspo and Baer's Furniture reviews on Houzz.

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