While some people have an innate talent when it comes to interior decorating, others have a mental block. Luckily for the design-challenged, technology has come to the rescue with virtual staging apps that make it easy to visualize how furniture will work in an empty space.
For potential buyers or new homeowners, there’s a lot to like about this. You can see how the rooms will look before you commit to buying a home or know exactly how to arrange your furniture when moving in. So grab your Smartphone or tablet and check out some of these apps that make home decorating a whole lot easier.
1. Amikasa – $.99
Amikasa is an award-winning virtual staging app that uses augmented reality to plan and design your ideal room layout and furniture. For anyone buying a home or moving, it’s great to have this tool at the ready. The app is pretty easy to use and walks you through each stage. Start from choosing one of the predefined room shapes or creating a custom floor plan, then set the exact wall dimensions, and place windows and doors.
Now you’re ready to use the color wheel and explore different color combinations. You can then drag and drop furniture items from the catalogue into your room, and adjust, rotate and rearrange them to your liking. Once you’ve got your room setup, you can choose ‘walk through mode’ to take a virtual tour of your newly created room. You can also share your creation via social media to get advice and feedback. Now that’s smart! Available on iOS and Android.
2. IKEA Place – Free
Hands up who doesn’t own at least one piece of IKEA? With IKEA Place, you can deck out your whole abode in IKEA if you like with a few clicks and swipes. Simply download the virtual staging app and take a photo of the room you want to style, then browse the catalog of 2000 items of 3D rendered furniture, choose your desired piece and insert into the photo. You can then rotate, move or swap it for something else.
The app correctly sizes the furniture and boasts a 98% accuracy rating, so there’s no more guesswork involved or chance of buying a piece too big or small. You can even get a close up look at fabrics and colors. There’s the option to purchase the exact pieces you’ve chosen in the online store too which makes the whole process even easier if you’re moving to a new house. Available on iOS only.
3. Wayfair Room Planner – Free
Wayfair Room Planner is a fun virtual staging tool that offers you the choice of customizing a room from scratch or going with one of the pre-built 3D templates. You can currently choose from a glam living room, a modern farmhouse dining room, a modern bedroom or a coastal living room. All the furniture and accessories are true-to-scale and easily dragged and dropped into the room. If you want to buy a piece, simply click on it and add it to your cart.
When you’ve finished designing, you can get a bird’s eye view of your room in 2D or visualize it in 3D from different angles. Although it’s quite a simple program, this is a good thing if you don’t want to get hung up on technicalities.
4. roOomy – Free
If you’re in the market for buying a home but struggle to visualize how the empty rooms will look, then let roOomy help. The virtual staging app has step-by-step instructions, clear tools, and settings with a great variety of furniture and furniture info to help you get an idea of where to place items and how they work together.
Take a picture of a room and transform it into a 3D scene into which you can import furniture and décor, and view it directly in augmented reality to see if it’s the right fit. One of the best things about the app is that the items to choose from are all linked to a website to purchase – which makes the end result that much easier to translate into an actual live room. Available on iOS and Android.
5. Modsy – Starts at $89
Not technically an app, Modsy is a virtual staging service you can use if it’s all getting too much and you really need some help from a designer. How it works is easy – simply send the Modsy team some photos and measurements of your space, fill in a questionnaire to help them define your style and you’ll receive a couple of 3D virtual staging designs from an interior decorating expert that will hopefully nail the effect you’re after. You can get them to tweak the looks to suit or swap out furniture pieces yourself.
Modsy isn’t free to use. At the time of writing, their entry level package is $89, the premium is $159, and their luxe full-service experience is $499, but that’s still cheap when you consider a typical designer can cost $2,000 to $5,000. Lots of homeowners rave about Modsy because they come up with new ideas to utilize a space or furniture pieces that you wouldn’t have thought of using. They also use actual furniture from well-known brands so you can buy it all at once through their order management team. All you have to do is style your room exactly how it looks in the Modsy designs when your furniture arrives on moving day.
With online viewings on the rise, it’s a great time to find a virtual staging app that you love and enjoy using. We hope you have fun experimenting with these apps and perhaps even try a virtual staging design service if you’re still unsure how to make a space work for you.