17 Must-Have Home Decorating Apps for iOS & Android [UPDATED]

Interior designers, rejoice! Whether you’re a DIY weekend warrior or the principal of your own firm, there’s an app out there to satisfy your every desire.

From digital mood boarding to virtual consultation, these interior design apps inspire. They source. They even color swatch, walk you through home renovations and allow you preview objects in 3D augmented reality. We’ve picked 17 of the best home decoration apps on the market right now.

Adobe Color Capture

Ever wish you could bottle the colors from an incredible photo or work of art and use them as a palette for a room? Thanks to the technology behind Adobe Color Capture, you can do just that. When you’re out and about and find inspiring color combinations, shapes or patterns, just open up the app and snap away. Before you know it, you’ll have a customizable color scheme, 3D patterns and vector graphics that are compatible with numerous design software programs to help you come up with your next great interior.

Free for iOS and Android


Houzz

Houzz is, arguably, the mother of all design apps — CNN once called it the “Wikipedia of interior and exterior design.” Its database contains more than 14 million high-res home images tagged and organized according to style, room and location. Browse, search and save favorites to your “Ideabook,” which both stores your ideas and gives the app’s real-life, professional design consultants an idea of what you’re into. Use the sketch function to annotate and draw directly on your images. And now you can shop millions of products directly from the app.

Free for iOS and Android


Home Design 3D Gold

A new interior or exterior design plan can be easily to devised by dragging and dropping. This architectural app lets you import floor plans and change the space itself; visualize new openings, raise ceilings or take out entire walls; and then add in the furniture and other amenities of your choice. Work in either 2D or 3D, and share projects with collaborators who can make modifications with you in real time.

$9.99 for iOS


Havenly

If you’re looking for expert interior design advice, Havenly might just be your answer. The app creates a collaborative environment where you can bat your home renovation ideas around with real interior designers for ground up projects or for simply adding finishing touches to a room, on any budget. The first step is to pick your designer (or take a quiz to get matched with one), then you personalize your design, collaborating on ideas along the way, and even receive a visualization of the finished space based on floor plans. Finally, shop a curated list of products to help you translate your ideas to reality.

Free for iOS


MagicPlan

MagicPlan transforms the painstaking ordeal of taking measurements and drawing up floor plans into an effortless process. This interior design workhorse can compute distances within a space simply by analyzing a snapshot. Annotate photos of your space with the height of the ceiling or the width of the hallway, and never again get stuck outside with a piece of furniture that won’t fit through the front door.

Free for iOS and Android


MyPantone

Unequivocally, Pantone is the ultimate color arbiter. When it comes to disputes on whether a shade is turquoise or teal, they have the final say. The historic company put its standardized library of colors into a convenient app that allows you to accurately communicate your color choices to decorating professionals, designers and manufacturers alike. It also identifies the colors in your photographs and expertly generates complementary palettes.

$7.99 for Android


1stdibs (Of Course!)

Our own app is the 21st-century way to browse the most beautiful things on Earth. Shop a hand-selected mix of the finest objects in the world from the palm of your hand. Effortlessly discover the curated collections of world’s most prestigious dealers and galleries. Purchase swiftly and securely with guaranteed buyer protection for all orders. Users can get inspired by thousands of photos of projects posted by A-list interior designers and architects. And now you can view how pieces will look in a room directly on your phone.

Free for iOS and Android


WikiHow

Thanks to the beauty of crowd-sourced information, you can tackle any home improvement project on your own. On WikiHow, there are step-by-step instructions and visual guides on how to do just about everything you can think of, with a vast library of lessons for the DIY interior designer. Learn how to do everything from laying down flooring and installing kitchen cabinetry to applying wallpaper and upholstering a piece of furniture.

Free for iOS and Android


Smith Home Remodel

No matter how much planning you do, and how exquisite your mood boards and renderings are, you still might need a few pros to help you with the nuts and bolts of a design project. Tailored to the professional designer or developer, Smith Home Remodel helps you source and connect with contractors that will help you get the job done, whether that’s a major install or a minor cleaning.

Free for iOS and Android


iHandy Level

The devil is very much in the details when it comes to great interior design. The alignment of objects is critical for blocking out spaces and creating the strong compositional lines that subtly underline aspects of an interior. To help with this endeavor is the sleekly-designed iHandy Level app, which feels luxurious even while you’re doing something as tedious as aligning a picture. Not only does it level, but it will help you with angle measurement, checking the verticality of a wall or aligning furniture.

Free for iOS


Vivid Paint Colors

Updating the wall color is one of the simplest design fixes for the do-it-yourselfer. However, choosing between Intense White by Benjamin Moore or Essential Gray by Sherwin Williams — or better yet, some of the more eclectic colors out there, like Death by Chocolate by C2 Paint or Elephant’s Breath by Farrow & Ball — isn’t so easy. Thanks to Vivid Paint colors, you no longer need to go to the hardware store and pick up bundles of paint swatches. Search by color or inspiration for paints by top brands like Benjamin Moore, Sherwin-Williams and Glidden, save colors you like for later viewing and in one click order the paint online.

Free for iOS and Android


Morpholio Board

Any interior designer who uses Morpholio Board would instantly understand the app was designed by interior designers. A total industry game-changer, this glossy app allows designers to lay out mood boards, design ideas and collages, while instantly plugging in items from a curated selection of furnishings and accessories from brands like Herman Miller, Knoll, Porcelanosa, 3Form, Artek, and smaller firms like Volk and Uhuru. Choose the piece you like, and in many cases you can clip the color and fabric options right off the product site. Not only that, but the “Ava” feature, unique to the iPad, automatically generates cut sheets and spreadsheets of selected products, saving designers tons of time and tedious work.

Free for iOS


HomeStyler Interior Design

HomeStyler bills itself as a “virtual fitting room,” and rightly so. Try out different looks for your space by superimposing real products — 3D models of various furniture, fixtures, and so on — onto an actual snapshot of your living room. Share your ideas in the Design Gallery and take a look at what everyone else is doing. Also, browse profiles and portfolios of professional designers in your area to ask questions and make connections.

Free for iOS and Android


Photo Measures

Ever buy that perfect piece of furniture only to realize it was too big for the space or couldn’t make it through your narrow stairwell? Never again with Photo Measures. Perfect for everyone from the homeowner looking to rearrange furniture to the professional interior designer or a contractor, this is the app for saving and sharing exact dimensions of objects and spaces. Simply snap a few photos and jot the dimensions down directly on them. Zoom in and out when you need more precision, add comments and export your dimensions by email or to your photo library.

$6.99 for iOS and 4.99 for Android


ColorSnap

Sherman-Williams has solved your desire to splash the palette of your favorite landscape — or textile or work of art or any other source of inspiration — onto your interior. The app “snaps” colors from any photo on your smartphone and tells you which shade of Sherman-Williams would be the best match. Not only that but you can peruse a 1,500-shade library, apply colors to virtual sample rooms, preview your new shade in daytime and nighttime lighting and even calculate down to the drop how much paint you’ll need to cover your space.

Free for iOS and Android


Sun Seeker

No one knows better than interior designers how lighting can impact a space. Although the Sun Seeker app was not explicitly conceived for interior designers, the potential applications are as clear as daylight. Thanks to the app, designers can see the sun’s path, rise and set times, along with a map view of the solar direction for each daylight hour, helping them to come up with solutions for everything from window coverings and outdoor spaces to upholstery and placement of art.

$9.99 for iOS and 7.49 for Android


Housecraft

Augmented reality is totally changing the interior design world. No more do designers need to rely on back-of-the-envelope measurements or time-consuming computer renderings. With Housecraft, simply drop fully rendered furnishings into a space, scale and position them. What’s more, you can walk around them in 3D to see them from any angle. Save various potential layouts to compare and come up with the best solution for your space.

Free for iOS