I’m constantly prattling on about how great Pinterest is and how it has revolutionised design and immeasurably increased the pace of interior design and home styling but I hardly touch on the other design tools I use. These unsung interior design resources, however useful, live in the shadow of Pinterest. I thought it was about time we shed some light on these.
AutoCAD is great but it’s an expensive piece of kit if you are just looking to make plans of your own home. That’s where programs like Roomle come in. A very simple programme in which you can with a few measurements create a floorplan of your space.
The catalogue of furniture is very minimal, you can find a lot more on Sketch Up but for simple, quick room layouts it’s pretty great.
The likes of Roomle would be almost nothing without the magic of Photoshop. Personally I don’t think you can beat Photoshop for creating visuals, with a little bit of know how (thank you Google) the possibilities within Photoshop become almost limitless. You can built up flat plans, add lighting and other finishing touches or just lay out a really stunning moodboard.
Ever wonder where all that brilliant Pinterest content comes from? The majority of those pinnable images are whipped straight from blogs or Instagram accounts. Although that can be great, sometimes it can be more rewarding to go straight to the source. There is nothing better than finding a blog you love and delving deep in the archives. Blogs takes you to places Pinterest never will.
There is also something to be said about picking up a magazine, even in the digital age (wow that phrase sounds dated) there is still space for something tangible. There is nothing better than an hour spent with a cup of tea reading a big fat interiors magazine, snipping pictures and gaining inspiration as you go.
Instagram gets a lot of grief but it can be an incredible resource for finding ‘real’ home inspiration. If you follow the right people you can ensure your feed is packed with attainable interiors. Now they’ve introduced saved collection it’s even easier to build a board full of dreamy images. My last post mentions a few interior bloggers/instagrammers that I adore which might get you started but following Hashtags such as #myhomethismonth and #cornersofmyhome will help you tailor your feed to your own personal style.
Dulux Vizualiser App
You may have had a play around with this little app before, it is a piece of computer genius that allows you to effectively test out paint colours in your room before committing to a colour. Saving you the hassle of buying baskets full of paint testers and trying to work out how you want to paint your room from a 4″ x 4″ square.
There must be a plethora of unexplored design apps and programs out there so if you know any great interior design resources then please share them below, I am keen to check out some new programs!