Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Top 4 free home design apps

Modern gadgets and mobile devices make most aspects of our lives easier. These days, this convenience also extends to home design. Some apps have been developed to help homeowners explore décor  ideas. Here are the top four free apps for home décor and design. 

Dubbed as the 'Wikipedia of interior and exterior design' by CNN, Houzz has the largest database for inspirations and ideas for home design.

1. Houzz

Available on iOS and Android 

Dubbed as the 'Wikipedia of interior and exterior design' by CNN, Houzz has the largest database for inspiration and ideas for home design. Spanning over two million high-resolution photographs, the site covers every nook and cranny of the home. These photos are also sorted according to room type, design style and location, so it’s a breeze to browse through with your specific needs in mind. You may also create a virtual scrapbook by saving the photos you like to an ideabook. This ideabook may also be accessed offline and shared with friends. 

2. iHandy Level

Available on iOS and Android 

The most practical use of the iHandy Level app is for making sure your wall art arrangement is aligned. This is a common problem that is hard to fix without a real level bar, but the iHandy Level app makes it possible. It can also be used to measure angles and inclinations. This app is actually one of the five tools in the iHandly Carpenter toolkit, an app available on both iOS and Android as well. 

3. Color Schemer

Available on iOS only 

A good color scheme is central to great home design. The Color Schemer app offers a fun and effective way of creating and organizing color themes. Think of creative ways to mix colors by using the built-in color wheel. You may also create color palettes from your camera or photo library. There is also a social and interactive aspect to this app. Just log in and connect to the COLOURlovers community and browse through countless color combinations made by members. You can bookmark the palettes you like and share your own colors as well. 

4. Pinterest

Available on iOS and Android 

Pinterest is a great app for collecting inspiration and ideas. The concept behind Pinterest is your typical pinboard of ideas, but basically translated into digital format. You can 'pin' ideas onto different boards, categorized according to your interests. You will have your own account, and you can follow other accounts that have similar design preferences as yours. - Aislinn  Kee


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