Six must-have smartphone apps for home decorating and renos

The new year is a natural time for many of us to start new projects around the house. Filled with renewed inspiration and will power, we often start at full steam only to have the busyness of daily life get in the way leaving our projects incomplete and ourselves filled with procrastinator’s guilt.

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Evernote

SnapShop Showroom

SnapShop Showroom

The new year is a natural time for many of us to start new projects around the house. Filled with renewed inspiration and will power, we often start at full steam only to have the busyness of daily life get in the way leaving our projects incomplete and ourselves filled with procrastinator’s guilt.

One of the keys to a successful project is getting and staying organized. Thanks to the marvels of modern technology, it’s never been easier to get your ducks in a row and keep all your planning tools and ideas in one place with some of the newest Smartphone apps. Here are my favourites:

1. Evernote – My new favourite thing and the ultimate organizational tool for those on the go and juggling multiple projects at once. You can take written, audio or visual notes, organize them into folders and even create moodboards to combine your ideas. It easily synchs your phone and computer so you can draw your inspiration both from images online and photos taken in person and access them remotely. You’ll never be left wondering where exactly it was you’d seen that perfect lamp.

2. SnapShop Showroom – Many of us struggle with the ability to visualize things without them being right in front of us. While a piece of furniture may look beautiful in a showroom, you may find that it’s just not quite the right fit in your space. SnapShop Showroom giver users the luxury of being able to ‘try out’ furniture pieces in your home without ever leaving the showroom. It even includes the option to share the images with friends so you can get their opinion.

3. Sweet Home 3D– This free app helps you create layouts and floor plans of your space with both 2D and 3D views. So you can get both visual and mathematical confirmation of your plans before putting them into action.

4. Colour Capture by Benjamin Moore – Ever been out and seen that ideal shade that you’ve been looking for but couldn’t remember the name? Or perhaps you’d seen a colour on a product or in nature and wish you could capture the shade? This handy tool uses your camera images to find an exact paint match to one of their 3,300 paint colours. It will even suggest complementary and contrasting tones to help you create the perfect palette.

5. iHandy Carpenter – Includes five professional tools in one handy app – a ruler, protractor, a surface level, a bubble level bar and plumb bob – to set you straight. Perfect for the non-professional handyman or woman who may not own all these tools, and a convenient alternate to lugging a heavy toolbox around.

6. HandyMan Sidekick – Quickly calculates the quantity you need for paint, wallpaper, flooring and more, so that you can accurately budget and saving you the hassle of shortages or costly excess.