One of the hardest parts of renovating is finding inspiration. It’s easy to check out magazines and Pinterest pictures but many of them aren’t achievable. I use two apps in particular to help me with inspiration that is adaptable to real homes.
I love Houzz! It has a great balance of pictures and articles on thousands of topics. It’s my go-to app in the middle of the night when I can’t sleep and am fixated on what light fittings to put in my newly renovated hallway – down lights, a chandelier...Houzz is great for inspiration and information.
Best feature: the ability to create your own ideabook.
Worst feature: you can’t export the pictures to save elsewhere if you keep your own folder of ideas.
Dedicated lighting section: yes, broken down into light types and then by style.
Brilliant app. I can take a picture of my room, choose a piece of furniture from the extensive gallery and see what it would look like in various locations around my room. I was a bit apprehensive about this app, thinking it would be clunky like the old early-2000s computer programs that promised similar functionality, but this app impressed me. The picture can be saved and emailed.
Best feature: easy to use, fast results.
Worst feature: I can’t work out how to rescale furniture. This may be an available feature, but I haven’t worked it out.
Dedicated lighting section: yes, it’s easy to see what many different lighting products would look like in a room.