An App-tastic Guide to Interiors
As lovers of all things interiors, here at Futon Company we’re always on the lookout for great design advice and handy hints and tips. So reading (or rather devouring!) the September 2015 issue of Elle Decoration, we were beyond excited to come across tech expert Tom Bailey’s The Elle Decoration Interiors Apps Guide. Here we present a snapshot of our favourites from the feature….
Elle Decoration says: Created by American blogger Grace Bonney as a spin-off from her hugely popular website, this is an addictive mix of before and after room makeovers, interviews, pictures of the world’s most stylish homes, and DIY projects (we especially like 20 Minute Bedroom Refresh)…A great resource to explore when you have a ten minutes to spare
Dulux Visualiser. Free
Elle Decoration says: Using augmented reality technology, this app allows you to virtually paint the walls of your home. To use it point your camera at a wall, pick a colour from Dulux’s palette and the screen image of the wall turns that colour…A superb tool that takes the guesswork out of choosing a colour scheme
iHandy Carpenter. £1.49
Elle Decoration says: Tapping into Apple’s accelerometer technology (which enables its devices to sense movement), ihandy Carpenter functions as a spirit level, surface level, plumb line, protractor and ruler. To use your iPhone as a spirit level, balance it on a surface, slide it along a wall to take a ruler measurement…Accurate to one tenth of a dress, the results are far better than you could ever hope to achieve by eye
Photo Measures. £4.99
Elle Decoration says: A time-saving tool that allows you to add measurements to a photo of a room. We used our iPhone 6 Plus’ iSight camera to snap a few nice shots of our space, then overlaid its dimensions on top of the image using the app’s zoom-able functions…We loved the convenience of having this information saved on our iPhone, and the iHandy Carpenter came in useful when we were taking our initial measurements
Elle Decoration says: A 3D room planner aimed at interiors professionals. Design, build and furnish a space in 2D, before exploring it in 3D. Sketch a floor plan with your finger and drop in elements such as windows, doors and fireplaces. Finally, populate the space with furniture (Roomle’s library of objects includes everything from bins to chaise longues)…We fell in love with Roomle because it is both easy to use and elegant
Augmented Reality Viewer. £7.99
Elle Decoration says: Loved by architects, designers and estate agents, this app measures the amount of natural light a room receives and tells you how it will change during the day and with the seasons. Stand in the room and move your iPhone across the windows. The app uses GPS to display the sun’s path during daylight hours and at different times of the year. It shows its direction at hourly intervals, as well as rise and set times….Illuminating – quite literally – and essential when hanging artwork or deciding where to place a computer in a home office. Take it with you on house viewings and you’ll get an accurate impression of a room’s light potential even on overcast days
And while you’re busy downloading apps and planning new paint colours and configurations, you’ll want somewhere stylish and comfortable to lounge. Check out our favourite sofas – ideal for small space living and the perfect accompaniment to your day of app-surfing.