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4 DIY Home Decor Apps

Imagine gorgeous new interior designs and enjoy fresh decorating advice with these handy home decor apps. 

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Houzz Interior Design Ideas

Houzz Interior Design Ideas is a digital scrap-book for your home decor project that helps you source and organize ideas from thousands of images posted by architects and other experts.

Pro Props: Veteran West Coast interior designer Robert Bailey says, “I use image-based apps to set up libraries of kitchen-storage ideas for a project. Then I review the concepts with clients. It helps us decide which storage features we might incorporate while we’re walking through the design drawings and looking at potential cabinet layouts.”

Price: Free

Available For: iPhone, iPad 

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Architects, designers, amateurs and even GOOP lifestyle goddess Gwyneth Paltrow use Remodelista, a one-stop repository for decorating tips, project ideas and coveted products.

Pro Props: Interior-design stylist Janette Ewen uses the app on her iPad. “It constantly gives me DIY ideas for my TV projects,” says Ewen, who is a frequent guest on daytime-television stalwart CityLine. “I can show clients various styles without having to lug around a ton of books and magazines.”

Price: $2.99

Available For: iPhone, iPad 

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MagicPlan draws up an interactive floor plan of any space you photograph.

Pro Props: “I’m normally inspired when I’m in the space that I’m designing,” says decorator Samantha Pynn, host of Pure Design and the new HGTV Canada show Summer Home. “So it’s helpful to just touch a screen and recall a floor plan – especially when I’ve looked at hundreds of cottages.”

Price: Free

Available For: iPhone, iPad 

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Ewen also uses ColorSnap from Sherwin-Williams to create custom colour palettes and to match everything from fabrics and accessories to wallpapers and paint.

Price: Free

Available For: iPhone, iPad, Android