Designing a Room? There’s an App for that!
A room in your house may be a blank canvas for an interior designer. But to most of us, it looks like four walls and a door, and a window with a great view if you’re lucky. You might know enough about interior design to know your current setup doesn’t work, but not enough to know how to fix it. If you’re nodding your head in agreement right now, you have a couple of options. The first is to hire an interior designer, and the second is to do it yourself with the help of some of the latest innovations in room planning software.
Working with a Designer
The main advantage to working with a designer is their creativity. What you may see as an inconvenient corner in a closet will look like a fascinating challenge to an interior designer. The next thing you know, that awkward space will be filled with shoes in an intricate pattern that makes perfect use of the space. Their powers to make the most out of limited storage space are nothing short of magical.
One obvious drawback to working with a designer is the cost. Payment can be hourly, flat rate or “cost plus” on the pieces they choose for your home. It’s up to you to decide if the ease and convenience of working with a designer outweighs the impact on your budget.
DIY Technology Solutions
After you have run the numbers, and then run them again just to be sure, you may find that hiring an interior designer is just not in the cards. Thankfully, there are a number of free or nearly free online solutions for your interior design dilemmas. You can start by uploading pictures of the room you’re hoping to overhaul and then play with different design ideas online, right down to the window treatments and lamp shades.
Online room decorating Apps are great for people who couldn’t possibly decide what color to paint an entire room based on a bunch of different two-inch paint swatch cards taped to the wall. Oh come on, you know you’ve done it! You can preview different colors, textures and faux finishes without ever spilling a drop of paint in your home.
While an interior designer can bring a lot of knowledge, creativity and experience to solve your home decorating problems, it’s not always in the budget. With some patience, time at the computer, and a little bit of imagination you may surprise yourself with what you can design on your own.