Get Reno Ready With These Home Makeover Apps
Home renovation projects can be daunting. While it's tempting to hire a professional to handle all of the details for you, it's also worthwhile to consider doing it yourself. Luckily, there’s an app for almost everything these days, and here are our top picks for the ones to help you make your home renovation dreams a reality.
CNN called Houzz the “Wikipedia of interior and exterior design,” and the New York Times put it at the top of it “best apps for home improvement” list. You might already be familiar with the Houzz website, which offers an extensive database of home design ideas. The app is quite similar and includes tools that help refine your search. Create your own idea book based on what you find, or search for articles, product recommendations, and professionals to complete your project. Houzz launched their Home Products Marketplace in 2014, which allows users to buy products directly on the Houzz app.
Zillow Digs can serve as the inspiration hub for your home renovation, putting thousands of images at your fingertips. Search by style, cost, or room, and then save your dream home to an idea board. Product tags allow users to locate similar products and accessories for purchase. Zillow Digs has a tool on your iPhone or iPad app to virtually change a room's wall color using paint swatches and your home photos. If you need remodel estimates and contact information for professionals, Zillow Digs can provide those as well.
If you are ready to take your renovation to the design phase, Keyplan 3D is the architectural app for you. Keyplan 3D lets you design your home quickly and easily in high detailed 3D or professional 2D view. This home design software uses only three buttons and lets you navigate easily through your projects, create almost any kind of room, and move walls with the touch of a button. Keyplan 3D allows you to draw, furnish, paint, and view 2D or 3D designs to make your vision a reality.
Taking the guesswork out of remodeling one house at a time, Autodesk Homestyler is free online home design software that allows you to create your unique home design in 2D or 3D. The Homestyler lets you build rooms one by one including doors, windows, flooring, paint, and even furniture and landscaping. Easily rotate your design to view it from different angles, giving you the ability to walk through and experience the space you design in real time. Use thousands of real furniture products to decorate your space and use adjustable environment colors to complete the look.
Choosing color can be overwhelming. PPG: The Voice of Color offers in-store and online color tools that make color selection inspiring and fun! A great place to start is with the Color Sense Game. The interactive quiz takes you through a series of questions that ask about your style, your personality, and your five senses to arrive at a color harmony that reflects you. The Voice of Color app is a real game changer, letting you instantly match any color you see to one of their 1,900 color choices. When you've decided on your colors, use your AAA membership to save 25% off paint and accessories.
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