Best Apps For The Wannabe Designer

Best Apps For The Wannabe Designer

Are you an interior designer? No!

However, maybe you simply enjoy refreshing your space every season and have been told by friends you have a “gift for design.” Or, maybe you should be a interior designer, because of your awesome sense of colour blocking and pattern mixing.

We feel that way too. And, because we love anything and everything design, we thought we’d share our favourite design apps to get you in the creating mood.


Designed for iPhone®/iPod, this app lets you put over a million palettes in your pocket and turn your phone or tablet into an endless source of ideas and inspiration. ColorSchemer Touch makes it fun and easy to explore, create, interact, and share your colour ideas – whenever inspiration strikes. You can browse over 1 million pre-made colour palettes, pull colour palettes from photos, connect, share and sync.

DIY room app

Mark On Call By M.O.C. Interior Designer, LLC
Save yourself from failed room rearranging and the dreaded oversize coach in a tiny space scenario with this awesome app. You can snap pics of fabric, flooring and and more, and plug them right into  your space. Created by interior designer Mark Lewison, Mark On Call™ for the Apple® iPhone and iPod Touch, lets the interior design professional, their clients—and do-it-yourselfers—plan, preview and carry out their design visions while staying organized and within budget.



Penultimate is the award-winning digital handwriting app for iPad that combines the natural experience of pen and paper with power of Evernote’s sync and search features. Lose the paper, keep the handwriting.


Houzz Interior Design Ideas
Probably the largest database of home design ideas on the net, Houzz has more than 5,000,000 high resolution photos. You can browse photos by style, room and location and save them to your virtual idea book.


Homestyler Interior Design By Autodesk Inc.
Want to see how furniture and décor products look in your home before you buy them? Homestyler let’s you visualize interior design ideas!
 Just snap a photo of your space to transform your iPhone or iPad into a virtual fitting room. Try out wall colours, décor items, and furniture products from real brands.

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I'm Lisa, a real born and bred Torontonian in every sense of the word. I'm a PR practitioner by day with a fabulous client list, at a very cool boutique firm in the core with a view of the city that can make anyone want to move here. I have a mild to moderate hat obsession, and you’ll usually find me searching the city for the next big chef, and rarely without a fashion or décor magazine in my purse. Before PR, I was a travel writer/editor/photographer, and spent most of my time travelling the world and bringing my stories back here. The rest of the time I spent indulging in the city's untapped culinary scene as Post City Magazine's main restaurant photographer. But, no matter where I am in the world, nothing beats coming home. That's why I've spent the last few years planting my roots here, moving from Toronto’s uber-chic west side to the heart of Greek Town in a modern Victorian semi (a.ka. my lifelong décor project), with my husband and super-stylish son. Yes, I'm one of those moms, the one who won't give up her sense of style post-baby bump; and why should I?! I aspire to have my cake and eat it too - I am Italian after all. And, now why my 2-year-old in tow, I can bring him along for the ride.