Design on the go – Apps for decorating & inspiration

Apps! They make our lives so much easier. Banking, restaurant reviews, Pokémon… they’re part of our everyday life. They can even help when it comes to re-decorating! This week, we’ve rounded up four fun (and helpful) apps that can help you finish that project you’ve been working on – or perhaps motivate you to get started!

behr 1. ColourSmart by BEHR™ Mobile – Have you ever been wandering around and see the perfect hue of your favourite colour? The perfect colour for that new bathroom reno? And then, you end up going to the paint store and search through endless swatches of paint, unable to find that perfect shade you set your eyes on. Well, Behr’s app helps you with that problem! This app is easy to use because it helps you find the closest matching BEHR colour simply by taking a photo and tapping on the image. We also love this app for its ability to help you envision a colour throughout a room. The app allows you to choose from a gallery of room images and styles and paint the image with Behr’s touch-and-tap technology.

photomeasures2. Photo Measures – Will this beautiful sofa fit in the living room? Is this print too big for above the fireplace? How big is my decor that I already own? Ah the ever-present re-decorating conundrum! We’ve seen it countless times with our customers. Don’t you hate it when you’re out shopping, stumble upon the seemingly perfect piece for your home and cannot determine if it will actually fit in the room where you envision it? Well, Photo Measures makes shopping and decorating so much easier! This app allows you to take a picture, or download one onto your phone, and then add your room’s dimensions to it. Then, simply take your room’s measurements and the picture of it with you while shopping, thus making it easier to determine if the decor catching your eye will actually fit in your space.

level3. iHandy Level – This one is just so practical! And free! The iHandy Level app is just like the level in your tool box – but on your phone. It’s beautifully designed and super easy to use. We love it for its convenience and practicality. iHandy Level makes hanging artwork and shelving easier and unlike a level, you always have your phone around.

screen480x4804. Moodboard – This app is great for planning. If you’re looking to re-decorate a room, this is a great place to keep your inspiration and plans all in one place!  You can choose from a variety of backgrounds and then import photos from the web and your own camera roll. You can layer, crop and duplicate photos and then save as a PDF and share with friends for feedback. Moodboard is great because it allows you to keep pictures of your paint colours, swatches and furniture options together with aspirational pieces for your project. This app is supported by iPad.

Go ahead and start downloading!  These apps help you plan renos and decorating projects on the go and easily share them with friends. Be sure to show us your plans when you stop by Above & Beyond.


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