These Brands and Apps Make It Easier to Renovate Your Home Virtually

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Give your home a makeover without ever leaving it.

We all need a change of scenery from time to time and that also applies to our homes. Sometimes small changes like repositioning the furniture or adding a couple of new pieces of wall art or a new rug can have a huge impact on how we feel at home—after all our house should be our happy place. And other times, we are ready for a complete décor overhaul so a full home makeover is a natural solution.

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And just like most home projects—however big or small—it takes time, effort, countless visits to multiple décor stores, and most probably a few consultations with an interior designer to complete them. And let’s face it, our busy schedules don’t always allow that.

Instead, we suggest you put your design hat on and give decorating your home a try while you’re having a cup of coffee on your sofa. Yes, it can be that easy. 

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And don’t worry, we’ve got the rest covered. Whether you are looking to repaint the walls of your living room and can’t find the right shade or you would like to have that sofa you’re sitting on reupholstered, these home décor brands and apps will make it easier than ever to give any space a makeover.

To Find the Perfect Color: Color Reader


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Want to use that vibrant blue from a postcard you collected in the south of France for your walls? Or maybe you’d like to match the wall color to one from your pillows? Normally, it would probably take you weeks going through swatches of different paint companies trying to figure out which one is the best match but thanks to Color Reader and Benjamin Moore, it takes seconds.

And it’s super easy to use. Simply download the Benjamin Moore Color Portfolio App app, place the Color Reader device flat on the surface with the shade you’d like to measure, and the app will show you the three closest matches across all major brands, including Benjamin Moore, Sherwin Williams, Behr, as well as the color number, name, and its profile (Lab, RGB, and SMYK, and HEX values). 

To buy: from $99, colorreader.datacolor.com

To Design and Create Realistic Renderings: Planner 5D

Planner 5D is the most comprehensive, easy-to-use design app available to download for free. It has a rating of 4.3 stars on Google and over two hundred thousand votes as well as 54 million users.

Planner 5D allows you to design in both 2D (useful if you only need a floor plan) and 3D and visualize your dream home thanks to an incredibly diverse database of home décor items, colors, fabrics, etc. Not seeing anything you like? Then customize the existing options to create one-of-a-kind furniture, patterns, and walls.

Want a second opinion about your design project? Thanks to the Snapshot feature, you can save and share your design ideas as realistic images (the software even adds shadows and lighting) and send them to anyone.

To start using Planner 5D, click here.

To Choose Wallpaper: A-Street Prints


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The Boston-based wallpaper studio A-Street Prints just launched an incredible tool that allows you to preview how their wall-covering designs will look in your home. And we are talking hundreds of designs that run the gamut from Scandinavian minimalism and modern to rustic, boho, and traditional.

To start, simply snap a photo of any room, upload it, and then choose from any of their collections. Their software will automatically adjust the size of the prints so they match the dimensions of the space.

If you are new to dealing with wallpaper, don’t forget to check out A-Street Prints’ video tutorials on how to remove and install wallpaper.

To try their Room Previewer, click here.

To Update Your Kitchen Countertop or Backsplash: Artistic Tile


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If you’d like to freshen up your bathroom with a new floor, add a statement wall to your living room, or simply change a dated backsplash in your kitchen, look no further than Artistic Tile.

The company specializes in tiles and natural stone and offers design aficionados two incredibly useful digital tools—you can design your own tile or visualize any of their existing tiles (and, trust us,  they have a lot!) in your home. And it’s all so fast and easy to use.

There is also a handy list of instructions on how to accurately measure and tile a space—room by room.

To use Artistic Tile’s Room Visualizer, click here.

For All Things Textiles: DecoratorsBest


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When DecoratorsBest launched back in 2004, it was the first e-commerce company to offer the general public exclusive products that only design pros had access to. 

Nowadays, the company is your one-stop-shop for all things home décor and design with a special focus on high-end textiles and wallpapers from brands like Scalamandre, Brunschwig & Fils, Kravet, and Ralph Lauren.

So if you have decided to DIY the upholstering of your dining room chairs or even your sofa, check out their online measurement guide and estimator.

Not sure how many rolls of wallpaper to order? DecoratorsBest offers two different calculators—one for rolls, and one for yards.

To check them out, click here.

To Measure Your Rooms and Create Floor Plans: Magic Plan

Before you start ordering new furniture, rolls of wallpaper, or new carpet, you have to make sure you measure your space correctly and create an accurate floor plan. Being off by even half an inch could spell disaster for your home renovation project before you have even begun with the actual work.

That’s why you need Magic Plan—it is arguably the best measuring app out there that has been downloaded by more than 18 million users.

To measure a room, simply scan it on your iPad or iPhone and Magic Plan will automatically capture the correct dimensions. Yes, it’s as easy as that.

You can then save the measurements and export them or proceed to create an entire floor plan of your home or a take-off to send to your contractor.

To download Magic Plan, click here.