FRIDAY NOVEMBER 24, 2017
 
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FIVE INTERIOR DESIGN APPS TO TAKE THE HEADACHE OUT OF HOMEWARES
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Interior design is one of those things that looks easy, but really isn’t. To the uninitiated, it seems like it’s just a matter of buying stuff, placing it, and then either sitting on or storing stuff in it. If they’re lucky, that technique might even come off and look chic and contemporary -- but as often as not, it’s chaotic and headache-inducing.

This is why the range of interior design apps popping up on the market is such a boon to so many of us. We’ve all loved an item in store, bought it, and brought it home -- only to find it’s not right. With the new wave of augmented reality apps, that issue can become a thing of the past. So which is best? Well, read on and make up your own mind.

1. HOUZZ

One of the first AR home design apps on the market (they’ve been around since 2010), Houzz is much like a more interactive Pinterest. You can look at other users’ idea boards, get some ideas for your own designs, and contact people who’ve created rooms you love the look of. You can even click on individual items and find stockist information. So if you like the look, you can get it for yourself, hassle-free.

2. HOMESTYLER

The big selling point of Homestyler is that you can photograph your space and upload it onto the app to then get an idea of how items will fit in your own room. You can change wall colours, add furniture from a range of stockists such as Wooden Furniture Store, and even hang chandeliers to see how you like the look. In short, you can create an entire new room while sat on your couch.

3. IKEA

The legendary interiors store has bought into the AR revolution with enthusiasm. If you’ve previously been unable to tell your Billy from your Henke, the innovation is a godsend. Launching in the UK on the 3rd of October, it will feature all of IKEA’s soft furnishings, tables and storage, allowing you to virtually arrange your furniture before you do it for real. You’ll still have to go to an actual IKEA if you want the meatballs, though.

4. PAIR

Pair’s intelligent interface is set to make those tough interior decisions a lot easier. It allows for realistic lighting adjustments and scales all furniture automatically when you upload photos of your room. If there’s a drawback, it’s that it can take some getting used to; once you’ve refined the settings to your preference it’s hugely useful, but if you’re looking for a quick hit, it’s not the one.

colorsnap.jpg5. COLORSNAP

If you’ve seen a particular shade or colour while out walking, or even noticed it on a TV show, and thought “that’s the colour I want for the bathroom walls!”, you’re not alone. ColorSnap was designed for just that kind of Eureka moment. You simply take a photo of the colour you want, upload it to the app and it will tell you which paint, from which brands, you need to buy to get it. For people who’ve repainted again and again looking for perfection, ColorSnap is a long-overdue relief.

So next time you’re renovating, why not give one of these services a try?

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