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March, 2013

Online Tools to Rev Up Your Remodel

Check out some smartphone apps and online tools that will help inspire your remodel and encourage you to flaunt the results.

  • Dream Home

    This app is filled with thousands of picture galleries featuring different homes, rooms and design types, and allows you to clip the photo you like right there and save them. You can also upload your photos.

    (iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad; $0.99 or free trial version)
  • Home Improvement Glossary

    This app is for users who are new to do-it-yourself projects and need glossary terms for starting a new project or planning a remodel. Common knowledge terms (e.g., support beams, joists, etc.) and more advanced terms are listed in an easy-to-read format.

    (iPhone and iPad; $0.99)
  • ColorSnap®

    This Sherwin-Williams app helps users match colors from their photos to the right color in the Sherwin-Williams catalog. It also suggests complementary colors to help users with their paint scheme.

    (iPhone, Android and Blackberry; free)
  • Houzz Interior Design Ideas

    This app, called the "Wikipedia of interior and exterior design" by CNN, includes more than 325,000 original photographs from more than 55,000 architects, interior designers, photographers, contractors and other design pros. Users can take and store photos and even connect with professionals to help realize their vision.

    (iPhone and iPad; free)
  • Mydeco 3D Room Planner — Online

    This online virtual room program lets users upload their own floor plan or play around with pre-loaded floor plans, inserting walls, doors, windows and a selection of interior finishes. Users can insert realistic products into their model and even add paint.
  • Pinterest — Online

    Users can organize and share all the beautiful things they find on the web with this popular online pin board. It’s filled with everything from decorating ideas to theme-based designs to a place for users to showcase their favorite styles and finished projects.
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