Well, as a professional architect I deal with mainly two types of applications, first is the heavy but powerful applications and the second one is some sort of “instant” or “offline” apps, useful for a quick solution. So today I’m gonna tell you some of my favourite apps, which work offline and helps me on the go, plus I can’t forget to mention the best online website for architects.
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Best Apps For Interior Designers Ipad
- Home Design 3D GOLD
Home Design 3D GOLD iPhone and iPad App Screenshot
This app makes designing your home in 3D super easy. Based on your concept, you can draw your room dividers, change the height, create corners, and transform your special ideas into an appealing reality.
You can also visit your creation in real-time 3D. Discover the space inside out and see how light falls at different times of the day. And once done, easily share your masterpiece via email, OneDrive, Dropbox, and other services.
- Planner 5D – Interior Design
Planner 5D Interior Design iPhone and iPad App Screenshot
You can trust Planner 5D to give your imagination an adorable shape. Thanks to its user-friendly features creating detailed 2D & 3D floor plans is a breeze. Furthermore, you get a 5000+ item catalog to enhance your space.
The app also enables you to customize accessories, furniture, and décor elements and apply various textures & colors.
Price: Free (Monthly subscription starts at $9.99)
- Homestyler Interior Design
Homestyler Interior Design iPhone and iPad App Screenshot
Snap a photo of your space and get decorating with high-quality 3D models of real furniture. Dress the virtual room according to your concept, switch anything from colors to the furniture layout.
And if you need some inspiration, check out the admirable interior design projects by the community. Also, make your own profile to get feedback & appreciation on your project and build followers.
- Houzz – Home Design & Remodel
Houzz Home Design & Remodel iPhone and iPad App Screenshot
Whether remodeling or building your home, Houzz can be a great source of inspiration. It boasts over 20 million high-resolution photos around home interiors and exteriors. And you can skim through them as per style, location, or room size.
A handy sketch feature enables you to annotate and draw on selected photos. Furthermore, with over 10 million products in the offering, Houzz doubles as a shopping app.
Pinterest iPhone and iPad App Screenshot
When it comes to inspirational apps, how can we miss Pinterest from the list? Whether you are looking for everyday inspiration, DIYs, or imageries for a specific theme, this app has got almost everything.
The concept is simple, pin what you like to store them for referencing later. And not just home design and architecture, it has got ideas for almost everything you might need.
- Morpholio Board – Moodboard
Morpholio Board iPhone and iPad Interior Design App Screenshot
Making Moodboards is a great way of assembling all your thoughts in one place and getting the right inspiration. The Morpholio Board aids you in creating professional-level boards easily from your iPhone.
Sketch, draw or write on photos, make markup note or create the college, present your ideas just the way you wish. Plus, it can automatically generate spreadsheets, cut sheets, PSDs, PDFs, and much more.
Price: Free (In-app Purchases start from $0.99)
- Wayfair – Shop All Things Home
Wayfair Shop All Things Home iPhone and iPad Interior Design App Screenshot
Wayfair has just about every kind of furniture you might need or think about. With over 7 million products in its arsenal, finding the right match is super easy. Plus, you can search according to room, category, or style and save fav items on the Idea board.
It also sports a 3D View feature that employs AR to help you visualize and compare furniture up close. Besides, it keeps you update on the latest sales and real-time order status.
- Chairish – Furniture & Decor
Chairish Furniture & Decor iPhone and iPad Interior Design App Screenshot
Chairish app is a one-stop-shop for buying or selling chic, antique, and vintage decor pieces. It observes upwards of 1,000 new arrivals daily, so the options are literally never-ending. Expect to find brands like Herman Miller, Knoll, Christian Liaigre, amongst others.
With the “View In Your Space” feature, you can instantly visualize how it will look in your home. Most importantly, Chairish’s curators review all submissions, and only the worthy makes the cut.
- Room Planner – Home Design 3D
Room Planner Home Design 3D iPhone and iPad App Screenshot
When talking about interiors and furniture, how can we skip on IKEA? This smart AR app brings IKEA’s furniture catalog to your mobile and to your room/office space.
Built-in design themes make room-wise decoration quite seamless and quick. What’s more, you can virtually add or remove items from the room and observe them from different angles to be fully sure.
Price: Free (Weekly Subscriptions starts at $4.99)
- PANTONE Studio
PANTONE Studio iPhone and iPad Interior Design App Screenshot
Pantone chips are commonly used by professional artists and designers for color referencing across their production lines. You can do the same with PANTONE Studio as it consists of a vast library of 10,000+ standardized hues.
Apart from that, you can extract colors from images on your phone and make a custom palette. And since it’s linked to the ColorLovers community, inspiring ideas or work is just a tap away.
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Apps for Developing A Concept
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(FiftyThree’s Paper App by WeTransfer; Photo Credit: Paper)
The Pinterest App brings everything you love about Pinterest into an intuitive mobile interface. Search for inspiration or organize your images into a board you can selectively share with colleagues and clients. The app is free and is compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
The Paper app lets users make color sketches that mimic a variety of art techniques, like pencil and watercolor. What makes this app different from the Concepts and Art Set 4, both great apps for creating art, is that Paper, created by FiftyThree (which has since been acquired by WeTransfer) has a more advanced collage feature that allows you to cut, paste, and combine things like handwritten notes, photos, and text. The app is free and compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. Note that it requires iOS 12.0 or later.
Morpholio Board Pro
Making our list again this year, Morpholio Board Pro is the best app for creating mood boards and 2D renderings that use real products. The free version will let you create professional looking mood boards, while the Pro version will also provide shopping lists, cut sheets, and specs for the chosen products, plus a variety of additional tools. Making life that much easier is that the Morpholio Board Pro app can connect to your Pinterest. The app is available for iOS; free for basic use and $4 per month or $12 per year for Pro.
Apps for Mapping 2D
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(MagicPlan App; Photo Credit: MagicPlan)
The iHandy Carpenter app continues to be a favorite among interior designers. It provides a virtual carpenter’s toolbox, including a surface level, plumb bob, and steel ruler. It costs $1.99 and is available for all iPhones operating on iOS 6 or higher.
The Measured app uses augmented reality to measure a space or an object using the phone’s camera. While interior designers usually want to take their own measurements before they order, the Measured app is great for getting a quick estimate to start with, or when time is short. The app is free and compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch operating on iOS 12.0 or later. Google Play offers its own version.
The MagicPlan app takes photos of your space and converts them into floor plans with impressive accuracy, making this a must-have app for interior designers. Down the line, you may want to make your own drawings in AutoCAD (the AutoCAD app can help), but the MagicPlan floor plans are a great starting point. You can use the app’s most basic components for free, but there are a variety of fee levels to access additional features. It is compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch operating on iOS 12.0 or later. Google Play offers its own version.
Apps for Visualizing 3D
Home Design 3D Gold
The Home Design 3D Gold app makes our list again this year, as it’s one of the highest-rated apps in the Apple App Store. Users can draw spaces directly in the app in either 2D or 3D, then extrude walls, change thickness, and add doors and windows with remarkable ease. Once a space is built, you can add finishes and furniture from the app’s digital warehouse of over 1,000 furniture pieces. Once your design is complete, create photo-realistic renderings directly from your device in seconds that rival those made in Rhinoceros and Revit, with realistic light and shadow renderings based on customizable settings. It costs $8.99 and is available for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch operating on iOS 11.0 or later. Google Play offers its own version.
AutoDesk’s HomeStyler Interior Design
In AutoDesk’s HomeStyler Interior Design app, you can use a picture of your actual space and begin populating that space with different furniture from the app’s warehouse and play around with different color schemes, all in photorealistic finishes. The app is free and is available for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch operating on iOS 9.0 or later. Google Play offers its own version.
Apps for Delving Into Design
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(1stDibs app; Photo Credit: 1stdibs.com)
The Adobe Capture app has so many useful functions, making it an essential element of any interior designer’s app folder. This app can take a photo and identify its patterns, convert its shapes to vector drawings, and organize its color themes. It is the perfect tool for taking inspiration images to the design phase. It is free and compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch and Google Play offers the app as well.
The 1stDibs app makes our list again this year, as it’s a must have for the art and object selection phase of any interior designer project. It allows users to shop a curated mix of the finest objects in the world from the top international sellers and galleries, a one of a kind experience. 1stDibs was a pioneer in the space. The 1stDibs app also allows visitors of its stand-alone showroom in New York City to quickly pull up displayed products on the 1stdibs app via QR codes. The app is free and designed for the iPhone. Full disclosure: Yes, 1stDibs is the owner of Design Manager, but this app makes the list on its merits alone!
Apps for Managing Your Business
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(Design Manager app; Photo Credit: Design Manager)
There is no better app for interior design project management and accounting upkeep than Design Manager’s sleek, easy-to-use offering. The Design Manager app offers users the ability to tap into their account portals and access any information they need to pull up at a moment’s notice. What’s more, the app makes it super simple to take pictures and add items, swipe through an item gallery with professional formatting for client meetings, and to quickly add contacts. Of course, we can’t fail to mention the time tracker function, which works like a stop/start timer that converts minutes into billable time, all saved to your account portal. It’s free and compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch that operate on iOS 11.0 or later.
In our current climate, no professional can go without Zoom. For interior designers, remaining virtually available by video conference technology was previously a challenge, as they are often on the move. The Zoom app allows users to connect to video calls, whether one-on-one or with multiple participants, using their mobile device. While certain Zoom features require a paid account, the app is free. It is compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch and requires an iOS 8.0 or later operating system. It is also available on Google Play.
As evidenced by the new editions to the 2021 iteration of our best apps list, it’s easier than ever for interior designers to ideate, inspire, and track their businesses on the go. Also, we should note that while we did not feature them on this list, traditional software such as the Adobe Creative Suite, Autocad, Sketch-Up, and Revit, all have strong app offerings that allow you to work on the detailed, manually created drawings that make up a traditional interior design presentation. But our list focuses on the apps used by interior designers to work as quickly as possible while on the go.
We will continue to update you on the latest and greatest in the world of apps for professional interior designers. Stay tuned!
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