Looking for the best virtual home decorating tools? Then you’re in the right place. If you’ve ever looked at your kitchen, bedroom or bathroom and had the urge to upgrade it, these tools are for you. They’ll move furniture around, create a feature wall, show you a shelf display and so much more. Best of all, you can do all this from the comfort of your sofa…
Enter: virtual home decorating tools. Fancy seeing what your dream tiles and curtains would look like in your room, or stepping into an augmented reality to visualise paint and wallpaper? Then you’re in luck. Here are some of my favourite virtual home decorating tools: try them if you’re looking to give your space a fresh look. You don’t even have to leave the house…
Virtual home decorating tools for paint: Dulux Visualizer app
Firstly: do you love the Dulux Colour of the Year Brave Ground? Then download the new Dulux Visualizer app with new colour picker technology, and over 1200 Dulux colours. It’ll help you choose exactly the right shade for your home. You can pick a colour from anywhere and the augmented reality technology allows you to see the colours live in your desired space – how great is that? Simply save as a video or photo and share it with your friends and family to help make your decision easier. Order colour testers straight to your door and add a pop of colour into your kitchen, bedroom or bathroom.
Secondly, it’s another virtual home decorating tool for paint. The Benjamin Moore ColorReader app helps you find the right shade for your kitchen, bedroom or bathroom. It’ll also match your paint colours to other materials such as fabrics. So browse through the virtual fan deck to explore Benjamin Moore‘s collection of stand-out colour palettes. Alternatively, try softer pastel tones. With an integrated photo visualiser, you can take a shot of your space and instantly “try on” different colours. All you have to do is tap on the surface. In addition, you can teleport yourself into the augmented reality and test out a variety of paint shades through the video visualiser.
Thirdly, there are virtual home decorating tools for blinds. One of the latest is the ViSULiZR by Terrys. An online retailer of blinds and curtains, Terrys launched its new ViSULiZR app with celebrity interior designer Linda Barker, which includes over 1000 made-to-order Terrys blinds. Now that’s a new way of shopping for blinds, right? Choose from bright or neutral shades, patterned or plain styles of high-quality products at affordable prices – great if you’ve splurged on that freestanding bath you’ve been dreaming of.
For flooring: Carpetright’s visualiser
Carpet, vinyl, wood or laminate flooring – choosing the right one for your home can be tricky. This is especially so if you can’t get to a showroom or shop. Carpetright‘s visualiser helps you find the right material and style in the comfort of your own home – so useful. In five easy steps you can select a room or choose to upload your own photo. Then just browse through different materials, textures and styles of flooring and apply them to your virtual space. In addition, you can decide on wall paint through the paint editing tool to see which shade will go with your new flooring. Save your room for a later edit, or download it as an image or PDF, and order your favourite design. And you can also book a free home consultation through the tool.
For wallpaper and paint: The Graham & Brown app
Visualise, order, decorate – Graham & Brown have made it that easy to choose the perfect wallpaper or paint shade from your comfy sofa. Download the app to measure your walls, map any wall-hung frames and pick and choose your desired wallpaper print or paint. With a library of over 100 wallpaper and paint options and a single tap to visualise it in your home, the app is a great tool to try if you are planning a new renovation project. You can see a close-up of the pattern and view it from different angles, to make sure it is exactly what you want. What’s more, the app also calculates the amount of paint or wallpaper you need.
For tiles: CTD Tiles
In seven steps, you can put those finishing touches to your new bathroom or living space from the comfort of your home. Simply select a room, then browse their tile range to find the one you love. Then select the area where you would like to place the tiles, and voilà! You can play around with grout options, arrangement and size, plus change your tile selection if it’s not the one for you. Edit the layout and the furniture placement, save your favourites and print or email your final design. You can order a free sample online or visit your local CTD showroom to see it in real life.
For tiles: Popham Design have launched an interactive app to make decorating your home a bit easier. Play around with different shapes, sizes, colours and patterns to create your ideal tile design. You can mix and match styles and colours for a statement look. Then, once you’ve come up with your dream tile combo, just press calculate order to get a quote. Buying tiles has never been easier, right?
For furniture: Ever bought a luxurious sofa just for it to not fit through the front door? Or did you have to redecorate your entire room to make it somehow fit in? Well, say goodbye to sizing and measuring mistakes, because Ikea has come to the rescue. The augmented reality app is called Place and you can now virtually place furniture, from wardrobes to accent chairs, in your space. Visualise what it would look like and how well it would fit in your scheme before purchasing. It’s so helpful as it saves you both time and money.
For the living room: Use the dfs room planner to get your creativity going – be it designing a cosy reading nook in your living area, or envisioning an entertainment corner in your open kitchen-diner with plenty of seating. Select your room shape to get started, and then add your preferred objects in the virtual scheme. You can focus on the seating and table options to try out different looks, and use both 2D or 3D view to bring your vision to life.
So here’s a virtual home decorating tool for a personalised living room. Take a short, and free, quiz on made.com about your style preferences and requirements to get a uniquely designed room, just for you. Think about which colour scheme you love, how many people use the room and then pick your favourite room sets. Then the Virtual Designer will whizz together a fully furnished room set tailored to your answers. You can then edit the wall options, from new paint shades, wallpaper prints and even exposed brick for an industrial touch, as well as the flooring. Shop all the furniture items picked for you straight from the design (so handy!) or swap them for a better choice.
So, are you ready to test the latest virtual home decorating tools? There’s no better time to get started!
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