Use your smartphone to make decorating easier with these four DIY apps
LAST UPDATED: December 2020
Did you know that your smartphone can be a useful tool when it comes to tackling a home decorating or redesign project?
Today, I’m handing over the blogging reigns to guest blogger Jemma Dane, whose going to introduce you to four DIY apps for home decorating that you simply cannot live without!
Websites, blogs, magazines, and lifestyle TV channels have provided us with plenty of ideas to redesign our homes and live in style. But the problem with these platforms is the accessibility of the tutorials, as well as the furniture and decorations showcased in these publications.
Now that we’re fully immersed in the digital age, we need tools that we can instantly refer to help us with whatever design problems we may have at any given time or place.
Have you thought about using your smartphone as an assistant for your interior decorating project?
It’s crazy to think that a phone could have such capabilities, essentially eliminating the need to hire an interior designer, especially since the primary use of a phone is to keep in touch with people.
For some time, one of the few purposes for our phones other than communication was entertainment (which is why in the early stages of the app store, it was games that saw the most downloads). From the revival of the beloved Nokia snake game to mobile platforms breathing new life into old favorites like Slingo, the mobile gaming industry began to pave ways for all sorts of app developers to create their own products using similar technologies and functions.
The Best DIY Apps
Now, there isn’t anything you can’t do with the help of your smartphone, whether we want to learn a new language or need ideas for home renovation.
For all your home redesigning projects, here are a few apps to check out:
With humble beginnings as a design blog in 2004 and now dubbed the “Martha Stewart Living for the Millennials,” Design*Sponge has received notable mentions across several leading media outlets.
The book Design*Sponge at Home followed, and more recently, an app has entered the scene.
Discover the latest in DIY trends, interior decorating ideas, homemade recipes, and lifestyle tips. The projects can be filtered by difficulty, cost, materials, and techniques.
Often you’ll visit places where you’ll find a piece of furniture that has you wishing you could have it in your home. Although the app might not find the exact coffee table that you snapped a picture of at your friend’s apartment, LikeThat Décor will use that photo as a reference to find similar furniture throughout its database of retailers.
You can even make in-app purchases to save you a trip to the store all together.
Need a space to brainstorm your ideas?
Instead of using poster boards and magazine cutouts to make your moodboard, save space and time by compiling everything into this iPad app. You can create multiple boards for your various motifs, collecting photos from your album or from the web to pin onto them with the layering effect included. You can also choose to edit the photos and refer to the color wheel or selection of palettes to guide you in the board’s theme.
To top it off, the boards have built-in designs to mimic real boards, such as cork, graph paper, blueprint, among others.
An all-around resource for all of your household needs, BrightNest has a catalog of ideas for DIY crafts, home decor, and upcycling junk to organize and declutter your living space. The app includes a number of handy tips and how-to’s for jewelry organization, upcycling wine bottles, and chalkboard paint ideas.
In addition to these features, BrightNest is packed with a personal calendar and reminders to keep up with schedules, bills, and chores.
There are countless helpful DIY apps on the market, but these four are some of the best design apps I’ve come across. What are your favorites?