Tools and inspiration for your dream home—before you lift a finger!
My favorite thing about smart phone applications is their ability to communicate ideas or bring visions to life—instantly—and in ways we never thought possible. This is especially true with apps for interior design, home decorating, and do-it-yourself (DIY) home improvements. You can envision a plan for redecorating a room before you rip down walls or peel off wall paper.
With the right smart phone app for interior decorating, you seek inspiration for your dream home, rearrange the furniture in your living room before you lift a finger, test out a new wall color or estimate exactly how much wall paper you’ll need to redo your front hallway, and even manage your own home design business from your mobile device.
The following five smart phone apps—especially for BlackBerry—are must-haves for your interior design tool kit…
1. Interior Design: Photo Library ($0.99 – for BlackBerry)
The Interior Design: Photo Library is the ideal place to start if you’re looking for a little luxury in your own home. This app features a photo collection of 50 decadent home interiors. All homes are located within North America—but the styles range from modern and sleek to vintage elegance. Gain some inspiration for what’s within your own 4-walls from images of spacious dining rooms, opulent living rooms decorative furniture, exquisite yet practical kitchens, and the most luxurious bathrooms ever designed. Plus, this app features a collection of modern and stylish furniture pieces to compliment every room. And a real bonus, you can browse popular design elements—such as famous black and white checkerboard floors, huge wrought-iron canopy beds, and cozy stone fireplaces.
2. Benjamin Moore: Pro Connection (Free – for BlackBerry)
The Benjamin Moore: Pro Connection app was specifically designed to make the lives of interior designers, home renovators, and design architects easier. This app lets you manage your décor or renovation business from absolutely anywhere—your office, the job site, or a lunch meeting with a client. With an easy-to-use interface and access to the entire collection of Benjamin Moore product catalogue, this app features a suite of project management tools—including bookmarking or tagging for your favorite products, full access to paint and color swatches, store locators, the ability to create your own custom client contact list, a real-time weather report to schedule those outdoor projects, and the ability to post your ideas and inspirations to Facebook and Twitter for feedback.
3. House & Home Mobile (Free – for BlackBerry)
This is the mobile app version of House & Home Magazine online. Just like the website, this app reveals tips for decorating on a dime, affordable renovation ideas, and decorating inspiration from columnists like Suzanne Dimma and Lynda Reeves. Plus, users have full access to House & Homes beautiful color galleries, blog articles, and DIY project too.
4. HandyMate Pro ($4.99 – for BlackBerry)
Regardless of if you’re a beginner DIY-er or a professional interior decorator, the HandyMate Pro app contains every tool you need to complete any home project—without hiring a contractor. This is an all-in-one app, featuring over 20 tools including:
- Geometry calculators
- Unit conversion tools
- Builder/construction estimation tools
- Formulae templates
- Plus, a virtual assistant to help you calculate or convert a variety of measurements and home materials needs