Monday, April 30, 2012

Pinterest and other designer apps that inspire

Throw open the windows and doors, and let in some fresh air! Spring is here. Why not spice up your home decor a little bit while you are at it? You could watch hours and hours of HGTV to get inspired, or you can just download some of these home decor apps for instantaneous design inspiration.

Pinterest ( iPhone , iPod Touch Free)

Planning a wedding? Redecorating your house? Hunting for a new summer wardrobe? The free Pinterest app is a pinboard heaven for all of your design needs and more. Create virtual mood and design boards to meet your every whim. If you are not already among the millions of people who use Pinterest each week (it's now the third largest social network in the world), here is how it works: You basically find things you love on the Internet, and then "pin" them to your Pinterest boards. This includes both still images and videos. You can follow other fabulous Pinterest users and re-pin their pins, too. The iPhone app is not only great for exploring and viewing designs, but also for capturing and pinning your own images with your phone's built-in camera. Sort pins by the users you follow or via categories like "DIY Crafts," "Home Decor" and/or "Gardening." While there is no official app for Pinterest on Android just yet, users can enjoy most of the features via the Pinterest mobile website.

Houzz Interior Design Ideas (iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad Free)

If you spend enough time ogling interior design photos on Pinterest, you will surely notice a slew of images re-pinned from The free Houzz Interior Design Ideas app is a mecca for interior design enthusiasts. Browse the more than 200,000 high-quality home design photos, and save your favorites to the "Ideabook" function of the app. You can also browse for information on local architects and design experts who can help you make your dream remodel come true. If you are even remotely interested in interior design, you will love this stylish home app.

One Kings Lane (iPhone, iPod Touch Free)

The free One Kings Lane app is an interior designer's best friend. It's a virtual one-stop shop for vintage finds and spectacular home goods sales courtesy of the top tastemakers. Sales are created for only the best of the best products from around the world. If you are in the process of redecorating your home, or if you are just always on the lookout for cool items to spice up your design scheme, you simply must get this chic app.

DecorPad - Interior Design (iPhone, iPod Touch Free)

This modern app wants you to design, share and inspire! With the free DecorPad app, you can browse photos from elite designers to inspire your own home decorating. Search by the type of space you are looking to redesign, such as basements, libraries, patios and many, many more. There is also a great section for finding "steals and deals" if you're on a tight budget.

IKEA Catalogue (iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android Free)

Who doesn't love the smell of a fresh IKEA catalogue when it arrives in the mail? While IKEA's mobile apps for iOS and Android devices do not have the same aroma or tactile feel, having the furniture and design giant's catalogue in the palm of your hand can inspire you wherever you go. IKEA is perfect for design addicts on a budget. If you see something you like, you can purchase it directly from the app. Alternatively, you can use the app to find the nearest IKEA store location. Either way, you win.



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Houzz Interior Design Ideas

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One Kings Lane

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DecorPad - Interior Design

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IKEA Catalogue

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