Have you been plagued by the dilemma of not knowing where to start in your home design? These days it seems like there’s a paint name for every subtle hue. Try a room in “Dead Salmon,” “Divine Pleasure,” “Grandma’s Sweater” “Spirit Whisper” or “Anonymous,” and that’s just the beginning.
Do you go vintage, modern, traditional, a mix? In 2016, furniture and home furnishing stores saw nearly $111.47 billion worth of sales in the United States. With a store for every shopper and a designer for every taste, it’s hard to know where to navigate the world of interior design.
An interior designer is a surefire way to spark up ideas. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were 66,500 interior designer jobs in 2016. Compare that to the booming furniture business and it’s a match made in showroom heaven. However, hiring a designer can also be costly. If you’re just starting to get a taste for what will make your home unique, but aren’t ready to hire someone just yet, the world of virtual design is awaiting. From furniture to color schemes, check out these five, interactive home decor apps as chosen by the experts at HGTV, Architectural Digest, and BestProducts.com.
Chairish is a virtual market for one-of-a-kind, preowned items. Users can envision what a piece will look like in their homes before buying them. It’s a spin on online shopping.
Color Capture from Benjamin Moore is the go-to for all things color coordination. Users can see any color they like in real life, take a photo, and the app will suggest matching paint options.
Want to see what that piece of artwork will look like on your wall before buying it? Download Art.com, which allows you to see how a piece will complete your home.
1stdibs allows you to shop fine objects from curated collections throughout the world. Need inspiration? Browse thousands of photos uploaded by the top interior designers and architects before viewing how each piece will look in your home.
Havenly allows users to talk with real interior designers free of charge. Upload images of your space and get personalized advice before potentially hiring them to do a complete redesign.