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The 7 Interior Design Apps You Need To Know About

Photo: Nick Guttridge and Richard Leeney
Design: McLaren Excel

More than ever before, interior design has become available and accessible to just about anyone who’s interested. And now that a smartphone is in everyone’s pocket, design apps have become the most convenient source for knowledge, tools and tips to turn even a design novice into a real pro.

From paint to furniture placement, floor plans to full service design, there’s now an app for just about every aspect of design. And it doesn’t take anything more than a quick download to have a wealth of design know-how at your fingertips. But with so many options out there, where do you even start? To help you navigate, we’re highlighting the 7 interior design apps that will help simply, sort, style and be just plain handy for lots of different design needs. So keep scrolling to see all our picks, start downloading and get your design on!

Looking for even more tools of the trade? Check out Bobby’s Tool Kit: The 21 Essential Items You Need.


Photo: Havenly


For professional interior design advice, right from your phone, look no further than Havenly. Through the app, you can work remotely with a designer to create a  custom designed room in your home. You just start by taking a design quiz, along with sharing inspiration and photos of your space, and a designer takes it from there, producing a design and shopping list for you to implement. It’s not only an easy way to make a big change to your space, it’s especially convenient to have all the design process within an easy to use app.



Download here.


Have you ever seen a color you love and wanted to find an exact paint color to match? Color Capture makes it easier than ever to do just that. Snap a picture and the app will instantly find a shade from the more that 3,300 colors in Benjamin Moore’s library. Easy as that. You can save all your photos and colors for reference, or share them straight from the app.


Download here.

Photo: Housecraft


Thanks to this handy app, you can actually see an item in your space before you bring it home. Housecraft uses augmented reality to allow you to simply drop furnishings into your space, scale and position them to see exactly what they will look like before you purchase them. (You can even move around them in 3D to see every angle.) So now you’ll be able to know if a piece will work without lugging it all the way home first!



Download here.

Photo: Lowes


Say so long to your trusted tape measure. Now all you need is your phone and the Measured app to get the dimensions for anything.  Just open the app, place your points on an object, and you’ll instantly have measurements for everything from a sofa to a table lamp, to even keeping track of growing kids heights.



Download here.

Photo: Morpholio


If you want to take on a designer role for your own home projects, Morpholio Board is a must have. The app allows you to create and edit custom mood boards for a project, utilizing products, photos, sketches (and any of your pins- it seamlessly connect to Pinterest). It also sorts all the product you input into an organized shopping list, making purchasing  even easier.



Download here.

Photo: 1st Dibs


Pulling paint swatches can be a real task, especially if it involves going to multiple stores for different brands. To simplify the search, Vivid Paint Colors has consolidated over 10,000 paint colors into one app, allowing you to view swatches from Behr, Benjamin Moore, Glidden and Sherwin Williams all in one place. Not only will this app save you time, you’ll also be able to easily compare and contrast all the different paint options to find just the right shade


Download here.

Photo: MagicPlan


Think you need an architect or designer to create a functional floor plan of your space? Think again. With MagicPlan, anyone can easily – and quickly – create a floor plan. Using the camera on your phone, you simply scan a room and the app creates a layout, without having to input any painstaking measurements. You can then add objects, photos, or notes- giving you a working floor plan in a matter of minutes.


Download here.

  1. What about Android version of these apps?

    1. Not all these are available on Android, but you can see options here. -B

  2. We are closing on a house near the Balcones Canyonlands neapr Austin. We need to completely furnish our home because we lost everything in the CampFire fire sixteen months ago.
    These apps will help us so much. We’re not good at design. Thank you!

    1. So sorry for your loss, but glad you’re getting a fresh start. Hope all these apps give you a helping hand. -B

  3. Amazing and really interesting website! Love your tips and advices, as much as your way of designing! Best regards

  4. Your articles are so helpful! Will be making a note of all these apps! Thank you!

  5. This design is wicked! You definitely know how to keep a reader entertained. Between your wit and your videos, I was almost moved to start my own blog (well, almost…HaHa!) Excellent job. I really enjoyed what you had to say, and more than that, how you presented it. Too cool!

    1. Thanks very much! I appreciate your comment. -B