Apps put great design at your fingertips

The Washington PostSeptember 5, 2013 

The Furnish app is one of the design apps that lets you look at something before you buy.

If you are in the process of revamping or remodeling a room in your home, there are lots of mobile resources to help you pick a paint color, a couch or a designer. We’ve rounded up some of the top-rated design apps for smartphones and tablets.

IF YOU WANT SOME INSPIRATION:

Houzz, the website and online community dedicated to home design, architecture and more, is available in app form. Browse thousands of photos for inspiration and find designers in your area. Redoing a playroom or child’s bedroom? Try the Houzz Kids’ Rooms app.

More details: Both apps are free. Available for iOS and Android.

IF YOU WANT A FLOOR PLAN:

Try out Home 3D, which lets you create 3-D floor plans that include windows, doors and more. You can e-mail the plans or save them to Dropbox.

More details: $3.99. Available for iOS.

IF YOU NEED TO KEEP TRACK OF MEASUREMENTS:

The My Measures & Dimensions app lets you save the measurements around your house for easy access. If you have windows that need new curtains, take a photo and add text, arrows and notes. Once you make it to the store for the new window treatments, just pull up the photo.

More details: $2.99. Pro version, which includes iOS iCloud syncing and backup and a camera-zoom option, costs $5.99. Both are available for iOS and Android.

IF YOU WANT TO TRY OUT A COUCH WITHOUT MAKING A COMMITMENT:

There are a few good options. Try the new Furnish app to browse items from Ikea, Crate & Barrel, Pottery Barn and Herman Miller. The app lets you superimpose the furniture over photos of your living space to “virtually” try them out. If you like what you see, you can you buy the item directly from the retailer. Another very similar option? Download the Home Depot mobile app to superimpose chairs, light fixtures and more onto photos of your room. You can save the photos and share them through email, Facebook and Twitter.

More details: Both apps are free and available for iOS and Android.

IF YOU WANT TO FIND THE PERFECT COLOR:

There are lots of options, mainly from paint companies. Try out Behr’s ColorSmart app to browse the company’s paint colors, preview colors in different rooms and save your selections. The app also lets you upload a photo, which it scans to find a matching paint color. Benjamin Moore’s Color Capture app also lets you take a photo to find a match from any of the company’s more than 3,300 paint colors.

More details: Both apps are free and available for iOS and Android.

IF YOU HAVE A DO-IT-YOURSELF PROJECT TO COMPLETE:

The Handy Man DIY app lets you store room dimensions and create shopping lists, gives you video tutorials and can help you estimate how much a home improvement project will cost.

More details: $1.99. Available for iOS.

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