You live in a virtual world so why shouldn’t you be able to visualize what your remodel or redesign will look like before you take sledge hammer to wall? There are endless apps you can use to help you create (and tweak) your new space long before it exists in the real world.Here are a few of our favorites.
Benjamin Moore Color Capture—Free—iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Android
Take a photo and instantly match it up with a color palette from over 3,500 of Benjamin Moore’s paint colors. Share your favorites on social media, save to your favorites, tag and make notes, and browse Benjamin Moore Pro’s color selection cards.
myPantone--$$--iPhone, iPod Touch, Android
A library of everything Pantone. That’s 13,000 colors! Match colors, create palettes from photos or customize, cross-reference colors, share color palettes.
Houzz Interior Design Ideas—Free—iPhone, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
A mobile version of the website with the ability to filter by subcategories, style, and specific items (countertops, chair rails, bath fixtures, etc.). Bookmark favorites into your personal idea book. Features products for sale and contacts for professional designers. There’s also a version specifically for designing kids rooms.
RoomReveal—Free—iPhone, iPad, iPad Touch
A mashup of Pinterest and Instagram, this app is a social space to share progress on a project or showoff the end results. Upload photos and comment on them or on others’ pictures. Search by room, follow your favorite contributors, and find architects and designers. A great look book for all kinds of projects.
Home Design 3D--$--iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, Android
Pick a floor plan and create rooms from the ground up. Place furniture, lighting, windows, floor coverings, wallpaper, and hundreds of other objects, then virtually walk around the space.
DesignMine—Free—iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch
Primarily a design board creator, this app lets you resize, crop, and rearrange your favorite pictures into idea boards. Sort by room and style. Find prescreened, local pros rated by homeowners.
Remodelista--$--iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, Android
This inspiration app is an idea book full of rooms you can recreate. Tips to mimic the looks you see economically. Top 10 lists keep you up-to-date on trendy items.
Homestyler Interior Design—Free—iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, Android
Take a picture of the room you want to redecorate then remodel it virtually. Put in new furnishings, wallpaper, paint, surfaces, etc. to your heart’s content before deciding on what you want. Lists of trendy products and a DIY article library also available.
Home Improvement Budgeting Apps
Zillow Digs—Free—iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch
This app is one-of-a-kind. It is not only a center for remodeling ideas, but gives you an idea of how much it costs to complete the remodel you see in the picture. Estimates are based on location and are broken down by materials and labor costs. It’s also a social app that lets you follow and comment on other user’s projects.
iHandy Carpenter--$--iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, Android
It’s a tool kit that fits in your phone: surface level, plumb bob, bubble level bar, ruler, and a protractor. All these tools at your immediate disposal will transform your remodeling experience.
EasyMeasure—Free—iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, Android
This tape measure app uses your camera lens to measure the distance between where you’re standing and another object. You can also get the width and height of an object. Simply calibrate it and you’re off.
Home Sizer--$--iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch
Enter the dimensions of any room and calculate the square footage. You can determine the value of your home or figure out construction costs and monthly payments based on square footage. Save your calculations and compare them side-by-side.
For Architects, Designers, and Builders
It’s like a piece of paper, only in your iPad. Use the stylus or type on your keyboard. Draw, sketch, outline, write, color, or mix. Keep your diagrams, ideas, illustrations, and notes handy or share them. The age of the grand idea napkin is gone.
BIMx—Free—iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, Android
The perfect companion to ArchiCAD users. Present and share designs with contractors and customers easily and quickly.
AutoCAD 360—Free-iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, Android
Mobile version of AutoCAD 360 that allows you to draw, draft, view, edit, and share drawings. Get full access with your Pro subscription.