Decorating the home rarely goes to plan, mainly because there's a big difference between how amazing things look in your head and how they end up in reality. Although why you ever thought lime-green walls with purple borders was a good idea is beyond us.
The good news is that apps have transformed the process: you can now decorate, rearrange or transform an entire area, from the hues of the walls down to the colour of the furniture, all from your smartphone.
Before you know it, you’ll be designing a whole house. And yes, there is an app for doing that too.
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Virtual Plan 3D
This is currently a concept but one that you might be using for real quite soon. It’s an augmented reality app that turns 2D architectural drawings into 3D models. For now you can only use it with some demo drawings – and even though it’s not going make your own plans pop up, it’s a lot of fun to play with.
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Platform Android Price £free
Homestyler Interior Design
Say you want to make over a room. Clear it out, take a picture and then import it into this app. Give the positions of the walls and corners as clues, and then you can choose from a host of furnishings, plopping the 3D models into your room. Proof at last that you can’t fit a snooker table in the kitchen.
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Platform Android, iOS Price £free
Home Design 3D Gold
A brilliant app for designing extensions or whole buildings, taking the grind out of digital design. You can quickly throw up walls, add doors and windows and drop in furnishings, then take a virtual tour around your new abode in 3D. There are two free editions of the app but we recommend the full-fat option.
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Platform iOS Price £6.99
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