I received an iPad for Christmas from my husband, in part because he was frustrated with my hem-hawing about whether I should buy one. I love it so far.
And I have a useful app for my real job (reporting) called SoundNote, which allows me to record and type at the same time.
I’ve had a little less luck finding some great interior design apps.
But, I have found three apps that I think are worth your time to check out:
1. Moodboard Pro - $9.99
OK. I truly wanted to love Moodboard Lite, which is the free version of this great app. But sometimes you get what you pay for and that’s certainly the case here. The free version is buggy and extremely limited. In fact, I finally gave up on using it.
I was unsure whether to spring for the Pro version. After all, $9.99 is an expensive app for something that – for me – is just about having fun.
But I’m so glad I bought it. It’s fun to use and makes quick work of putting together a mood board for a room (see the interface below).
It lets you easily create a color palette and then browse the web to clip out items you want to add to your board. You can also use photos you’ve saved in your iPad photos.
I put together the mood board up top as soon as I got the app. It’s a rough idea for our basement – not particularly impressive but not bad for less than 10 minutes.
If you love doing mood boards, I think you’d find this app really useful.
2. Houzz – Free!
You can see screen shots of the Houzz app at right and below.
The app allows you to browse through designer rooms and save the ones you want in your own folders, just like the website.
It’s a great way to get inspired!
And I have to say that for a freebie app, it’s a pretty fun one.
3. LivingRoom - $4.99
This is a cool little app that allows you to quickly develop a layout for a room.
I was able to create a very basic room layout – again for my basement – in just a few minutes (see at right). The interface if fairly intuitive and so I didn’t need to think much to place a rug, some furniture and a lamp.
But what I love about this app is that it actually has user guide with instructions. Wow! I wish most of the other apps I’ve purchased was so generous!
The app comes with basic furniture and accessory shapes and allows you to change their sizes, colors and angles. However, this is not like creating a mood board. This app is not to see how your colors and furniture styles look together.
It’s for creating a room layout and it seems like a nice tool to do it. It even has a notes section so you can jot down resources, reminders or other information (see photo of the interface below).
Are you an iPad user? And if so, what apps have you found for your interior decorating hobby?