Whether you are a seasoned professional or a home decor novice we’ve found the Top 5 (Free) home design apps on the market that will make your interior design projects nothing short of amazing from start to finish.

1. Houzz

Houzz is the number one design app of all time—CNN once called it the “Wikipedia of interior and exterior design.” Its database contains more than 5 million high-resolution home images tagged and organized according to style, room, and location. Browse, search, and save favorites to your Ideabook. Store your designs for ease of access for you or your interior design clientele.

Free for Android and iOS

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2. MagicPlan

MagicPlan transforms the difficult task of taking measurements and drawing up floor plans into an effortless process. Fool proof this interior design app can compute distances within a space simply by analyzing a snapshot. It annotates photos of your space like the height ceilings or the width of the hallway making furniture and fixture planning a breeze.

Free for Android and iOS

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3. HomeStyler 

HomeStyler app allows you to create a picture perfect view of what your interior design project. Take a snap shot of your home design project. Then place high-quality 3D models of real furniture products in your rooms. Hang light fixtures from your ceiling. See how rugs, paintings, mirrors and furnishings look like in your space. Browse the Design Stream for more inspiration. Gain access to Portfolio Pages of professional designers in your area and get direct answers to your specific product and design questions. Additionally, HomeStlyer makes co-collaboration a breeze by making it easy to share your designs with co-creators and clients.

Free for Web

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4. ColorSnap

Painting your home is a breeze with the ColorSnap Sherwin Williams app.  Quench your desire to splash the palette of your favorite landscape, textile, work of art, or any other source of inspiration—onto your interior. The app can analyze the colors of any photo on your smartphone and let you know which shade of Sherman-Williams paint it matches in a snap. You can even browse the contents of its 1,500-shade inventory and apply it to virtual sample rooms to get a preview of how your chosen colors will fair in your newly designed home.

Free for Android and iOS

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 5. LikeThat Décor and Furniture

Furnishing you home has never been easier. Like That Decor and Furniture identifies individual pieces of furniture in as little as a snap of a photo. LikeThat reads an image and cross-checks its features with its own digital inventory, a collection of more than 25 million products. Take the guess work out of home styling not only does this app find the model that you’re looking at, but it also finds others similar in style. Allowing you to ompare prices and save items to refer to later. How amazing its that.

Free for Web, Android, and iOS

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Happy Home Styling,

Cocoa

Color Theory (colour theer-ee): 

Color theory is the science behind how we interpret the colors we see in the world, and how we respond to specific color combinations and proportions.

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Color theory starts at the color wheel, a sort of road map for understanding color combinations and how the human brain processes these combinations. The color wheel is most often used by interior designers as a framework for color schemes and room designs.

 Basic Colors

There are only 7 colors in the rainbow but there are 12 basic colors in the colorwheel.

Here’s how it’s broken down:

  • Primary Colors: Red, blue, and yellow. Cannot be made from mixing other colors.
  • Secondary Colors: Orange, Purple, and Green. Can be made by mixing the primary colors together.
  • Tertiary Colors: The six shades that can be made from mixing primary and secondary colors.

If you’re unsure of where to start when it comes to decorating you interior, one of these 12 is often a good jumping off point. Pick one and it will help you narrow down your selections until you settle on the exact shade that you love.

Once you’ve selected a basic color, it’s easy to create many different versions within the same family. All you need to do is combine that color with a neutral in order to make it lighter or darker. In interior design parlance, this is known as tint, shade, and tone.

  • Tint: The act of lighting a color by adding white to it.
  • Shade: The act of darkening a color by adding black.
  • Tone: Slightly darkening a color by adding gray

Choosing a Color for your Home 

Now that we have the basics down let’s get to how best to determine a great color for your home.

Want a Soft and Subtle Look

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If you are looking for a calm ambience in your bedroom, choose lighter shades of either cool or warm colors. Light color choices such as blues, lavenders, pinks are great choices for a romantic feeling of tranquility and restfulness in a room. You can choose to stay within the same shade and use a monochromatic approach such as select a variety of shades of the same color to create a subtle and soothing look for any room.  Just choose your favorite color and overlap the shades.For example, select a darker color for the wall and then another in the same color scheme but different shade and slightly lighter for the trim.

 

Want an Elegant Look

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Neutral colors offer elegance and flexibility within a room. Neutral colors are no longer just  white or beige. You can choose lighter or deeper neutral colors to vary the look of the room. Remember, the lighter color you go, the more spacious the room will appear. Varying shades of rust, mahogany or garnet will offer instant elegance and a feeling of earthiness and richness.

You can turn a simple living room into one of elegance by selecting varying shades of neutral colors. Easily switch up the feel of a neutral room by adding different colored accessories or painting the trim a new color.

 Want a Vibrant Lookapartment, couch, cozy

If you want to add pizzazz to your home, choose colors with a bit of vibrancy. Respective shades such as oranges, gold, bright yellows, reds and dark purples can give you this feel.  You can compliment these colors by selecting two next to each other such as gold and orange and one from the opposite side of the color wheel.

Choose two colors next to each other on the color wheel for a significant pop that creates visual contrast as one will stand out from the other.

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 Use different textures in your bedding and accessories to make the room even more appealing. Your curtains, towels or bedding as well as accessories such as candles can be varying shades within the same scheme.

Don’t hold to the outdated rule of one shade and one texture, varying textures and colors in a room can create amazing visual appeal.

Happy Home Styling,

Cocoa

 

 

Vignette (vin’ yet) :

As related to interior design refers to tiny, curated style statement, made up of a group of objects that are displayed on a shelf, a table, or elsewhere within your space.

Here are some tips for styling perfect vignettes around your home

Tone Matters. 

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Keep the same style or tone within pieces.

Try eclectic mixes.  Feel free to mix modern and vintage, bohemian and chic etc.

Just try to ensure that items visually  “belong” together.

Leave some Space.

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Space is a key element to avoid the vignette appearing cluttered.

Give your pieces a little breathing room. Less is more.

Try to keep viginettes in groups of 3s to offer range without bombarding the space.

Hit Em’ High 

Hit Em’ Low 

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Scale is important so be sure to vary height and width of your items.

Items that are of varied height allow the eye to move freely, instead of scanning over the space.

Organize pieces in different shapes as opposed to a straight line. Imagine a triangle and place one object at each point, arranging the largest items at the back and the smallest in front.

Texture- ize.

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Keep it mixy.

Utilize varying textures as they allow for a seamless vignette.

You can get contrasting textures by playing with a mix of items; like a vase, a candle stick holder and a few books. These pieces are all different but all compliment one another.

Emphasize the complimentary factor by focusing on one color.

Give Em’ Personality.

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When arranging your items don’t forget your personality !

Use items close to your heart like framed photo or piece of art.

Creating these vignettes work super well  in interior styling

because they allow your personality to shine through !

Which is always the most important element of any interior design project in your home.

So go for it,

Grab your extra knick knacks

and create some viginette magic!

Happy Home Styling,

Cocoa

 

77% of Buyers’ Agents said Staging made it easier for a buyer to visualize the property as a future home

Here are some tips on how to prepare your home for sale at the highest offer

 

1.) Get Rid of the Clutter 

One key element in preparing your home for sale is to get rid of clutter.
Make a house rule that for every new item that comes in.
An old one has to leave.
One of the major contributors to a cluttered look is having too much furniture.
Cut down on the amount of pieces that you have in the room
Only keep furniture that illustrates the best of what your rooms have to offer.

2.) Group Your Furniture 

There is a common belief that rooms will feel larger and easier to use
if all of the furniture is pushed against the walls.
This isn’t the case.
Furnish your space by floating furniture away from walls.
Reposition sofas and chairs into cozy conversational groups ( great for open houses ! )
Place pieces so that the traffic flow in a room is obvious.
This will not only make the space more appealing for future users
but it will open the room up, making it appear larger than it is .

3.) Light it Up

One of the things that make staged homes look so warm and welcoming
Is great lighting.
Many of our homes are improperly lit.
To fix this.
Increase the wattage in your lamps and fixtures.
Aim for a total of 100 watts for each 50 square feet.
For optimal lighting
Ensure you have three types of lights within a room:
1.) Ambient (general or overhead)
2.) Task (pendant, under-cabinet or reading)
3.) Accent (table and wall)

4.) Make Moves

Dont be afraid to move furniture, artwork and accessories.
Just because an armchair has been settled in the living room
Doesn’t mean you can’t use it in other areas of the home.
Create viginettes by grouping multiple pieces in the home together on tables
For maximum visual appeal to future buyers

5.) Better in 3’s 

Mixing the right accessories can make a room more inviting.
When it comes to creating an eye pleasing arrangent of accessories
Odd numbers are preferable
Especially in three.
For maximum effect
Group accessories by
1.) Color
2.) Shape
3.) Texture
or some other unifying element

6.) Neutral Not Boring

Painting a room with  a fresh neutral color
Helps tone down dated finishes in the space.
No more white walls
Take a chance and test a quart of paint in a warm, neutral hue.
Now in interior design the definition of neutral extends way beyond beige
Warm Tans and Honeys to soft Blue-Greens.
As for bold wall colors, they have a way of reducing offers, so go with neutrals in large spaces.

7.) Fresh Faces

New cabinets aren’t always in the budget.
Instead opt for getting new doors and drawer fronts.
Paint everything to match
&& add new hardware.
Hint:
Instead of replacing the entire dishwasher
You may be able to get a new front panel.
To see if replacements are available for your model
Just check with your manufacturer.
It only takes a few changes to give your home mass appeal to potential buyers.
Utilize these home staging tips
&& make your next home purchase ready !
Happy Selling,
Cocoa