App-y Hour: Five of Our Favorite Interior Design Apps

The list of what we can use our smartphones to do is always growing.  Now you can add interior design to the list.  There are a ton of apps available now to help with pretty much every aspect of the home design process, from 3D modelling the space to choosing the right art to hang on the walls.  We’ve picked out some of our favorite apps to the interior design process got a bit more smoothly.


Color Capture

If you’re always on the lookout for color inspiration, Benjamin Moore’s Color Capture app is for you.  All you have to do is take a picture of the color that’s caught your eye and the app will produce a matching paint color as well as coordinating shades.  All of these you can save for later when you can go pick up swatches.  As with most paints the final product may dry darker than the hue that appears on your phone, but it’s still a useful tool for finding the right color for your space.



Perfect for the art lovers out there, Curate is here to help you figure out how that beautiful work of art will look in your home.  The app allows you to virtually display the artwork in order to give you a concrete idea as to how it will look in situ.  All you need is a picture of the blank wall you want to hang it on; it will accurately scale the piece to the space so you’ll know if it’s too big, too small, or just right.  You can also use the app to browse pieces from your favorite artists and galleries to help you build your art collection.



The leading authority on color has put its standardized library of colors into a convenient app that allows you to easily and accurately communicate your color choices to decorating professionals.  This is a great app to install if you’ll be working with an interior designer and want to make sure you’re both on the same page when it comes to color.  Like other color identifying apps it can determine the colors in a photograph and from there can generate complementary palettes.  Unlike the Benjamin Moore Color Capture app it does cost a few dollars to purchase, but is worth it if you regularly need to communicate color ideas with others.


Palm Springs Modern: Mid-Century Architecture Tours

This app is for the mid-century modern enthusiasts.  It features tours of eighty architecturally significant and internationally renowned modern homes and commercial buildings throughout the Greater Palm Springs area and includes new and historic photographs.  It also offers in-depth profiles of twelve important modernist architects.  The tours are all written and narrated by top architectural experts and historians.  You might need to clear out some space in your phone’s memory since the app is pretty sizeable, but it is a good resource if you’re interested in mid-century modern design and want to know more about the history of the architecture and get some great inspiration.



This last app isn’t specifically aimed at assisting with interior design, but it can prove to be a useful tool.  This handy app allows you to walk up to almost any object, take a picture of it, and then it will tell you what that object is.  Once the app has identified the object it conducts an internet search for you.  In terms of interior design this is useful because if you find a piece of furniture or an accessory you love but don’t have any information on, you can use this app to find out what it is, and where you can purchase similar products.


What apps do you use to help with design projects?  We’d love to hear suggestions for some other useful interior design apps.

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