Sourcing inspiration for your next home renovation has never been easier in this digital day and age. Often, our best tool is our ever-present mobile device, loaded with very useful apps.
The Usual Suspects
This won’t come as a shock, but social media apps like Pinterest, Houzz and Instagram serve an important purpose for any designer or stylist. We use all of the above to seek inspiration, source materials, examine trends and to share shamelessly.
That said, we want to highlight a few lesser-known apps that you should consider before, during and after your next project:
Like magic, this app allows you to create an accurate floorplan directly from your mobile device. With the app installed, you can leverage your device’s camera to scan your desired room, identifying corners, doors, windows and heights to construct a digital representation of your room’s layout. From there, you can group rooms together as a floorplan and position furniture and fixtures for display. This is a useful tool that our stylists swear by, as it’s super helpful for staging.
More than just your average colour wheel, Pantone Studio allows you to discover colour harmonies, extract colours and mix custom palettes. Perhaps the coolest feature of this app is how it intuitively extracts colour within images and arranges them into workable palettes directly from your device. For our stylists, they can easily extract and access useful colour palettes from project surroundings, key fixtures or inspiring artwork to tie a room together.
This app is great for that quick walk-through when you’re looking to get a good lay-of-the-land before drumming up inspiration for a space. Simply snap images with your phone or tablet and draw dimensions directly onto your screen by dragging your finger across the area for which you want to record a measurement. Often, we’ll make use of this tool during a pre-staging inspection to ensure that furniture and fixtures fit a space. On the flip side, this can be a useful tool for cataloging different designs or looks for future use.