6 Game Changing Interior Design Apps

Your apartment may have great bones, but turning an empty room into a cozy, Instagram-worthy space is harder than it looks. Thanks to new apps, figuring out your pad's vibe has never been easier. Whether you are starting from scratch in a brand new studio apartment, or are looking to refresh your current space, these apps can help you become an interior design pro.

1. MagicPlan

Drawing up a floor plan is made easy with the MagicPlan. Long gone are the days of running a measuring tape through dusty corners and plotting points on graph paper. With MagicPlan, creating a floor plan is as easy as taking a photo with your iPhone. The app analyzes the space to compute distances and measurements for you. You can annotate your floor plans with additional notes and save them to the app. That way, when you spot a killer cabinet in an antique store, you can easily check if it will work in your space.

MagicPlan is free for Android and iOS.


2. Houzz

Houzz is probably the most popular interior design app on the market. Its extensive database has more than 5 million high-resolution images of different decor products sorted by style, room, and location. Browse their catalog for inspiration or search for a specific item to find the perfect product for your home. Their "Ideabook" makes it easy to save your favorites and organize your ideas. Even better, Houzz has a team of real-life professional design consultants that can help you make your vision into a reality.

Houzz is free for Android and iOS.


3. Homestyler Interior Design

Marketed as a "virtual fitting room," Homestyler is one of the most intuitive apps for reimagining your space. Simply upload a photo of the room in question and superimpose 3-D models of real furniture, light fixtures, and art pieces over it to see how they would look in your apartment. Homestyler also has opportunities for social engagement. Browse other people's mock-ups in Homestyler's Design Gallery, or share your own designs. The Homestyler app also allows you to connect with local interior designers in your area if you decide to hire a professional.

Homestyler Interior Design is free for android and iOS.


4. LikeThat Decor and Furniture

If you have ever been in a coffee shop and spotted the barstools of your dream, but don't know where to find them, you need the LikeThat Decor and Furniture app. Branded as the Shazam of furniture, LikeThat can identify furniture from a snapshot. Snap a photo of any piece of furniture and the app will cross check it with its database, which is composed of more than 25 million products. Not only can the app help you track down the exact item you are looking for, it will also pull up similar pieces. Use it to identify amazing furniture you see around town, or to find more affordable alternatives to high-end pieces.


5. MyPantone

Pantone is the king of color. From setting the color trends of the year, to helping designers pinpoint the difference between blush and rose, Pantone is the ultimate authority on color. So it makes sense that their color app is the best in the business. Pantone's extensive color library is digitized for easy mobile browsing. Upload any photograph and the app will name the colors in it, and generate a complementary color palette. Use the MyPantone app to swatch different decor as you shop, so you can be sure that your palette will be on point when you bring it all together.

MyPantone is $9.99 and is available for both Android and iOS.

6. Home Design 3D Gold

If you are considering a full on remodel, go all out with Home Design 3D Gold. The app allows you to import floor plans to create either a 2D or 3D model of your home to play around with. The virtual spaces are perfect for testing out new furniture layouts. But Home Design 3D gold allows you to go far beyond rotating a couch. Virtually remodel your home in the app: add or remove walls, raise ceilings or add more doors and windows to your space. Projects can be shared with multiple collaborators, so you, your partner, and your contractor can all make changes in real time.

Home Design 3D Gold is $9.99 and is available for both Android and iOS

Whether your taste is Scandinavian minimalism or funky eclectic, these apps will help you take your space to the next level. With these nifty design tools in your arsenal, transforming your home has never been easier. Still looking for the dream pad? Check out our rental listings to find your perfect apartment.

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