Editor's note: A PR rep and lover of all things aesthetically pleasing, Ashley is always looking for ways to make her space and life more beautiful. She escapes into food and design magazines and relishes in a good meal, great wine and even better company. A newbie techie, Ashley has gathered 5 of her fave apps to help you with decorating projects in your home.
Say goodbye to the days of fabric swatches, paint samples and measuring tape. The iPhone is your own personal handyman that helps with all your decorating needs. Leave the tool kit at home and check out these handy apps that make home decorating a breeze. 1 Mark on Call, $2.99 The Mark On Call app is the DIY designer's dream -- it helps you visualize your space so you and your partner can see your dream home come true, one room at a time. It`s simple to upload a unique palette of finishes or fabricsÂ - just use the camera on your iPhone to take a picture of the flooring or fabric you wish to use and apply them to any surface in the room you`ve created. 2 Handyman Sidekick, $1.99 This app has it all -- especially for those that shied away from math in high school. It`s a multipurpose calculator, helping you determine how much paint you need for a room or how much wood you need to complete those new floors. If you`re anything like me, you`ll thank your lucky stars you aren`t stuck with a boatload of extra paint when your own calculations go awry. 3 iHandy Carpenter, $1.99 The iHandy Carpenter lets everyone be their own Mrs. Fix-It. The app is equipped with a level that makes picture hanging a breeze and also includes a caliper, ruler, and plumb bob (you`ll learn the lingo) that takes contracting to a whole new level. Lighten up your tool kit and try this one on for size. 4 Ben Color Capture, free This app by Benjamin Moore matches paint swatches with any item that serves as colour inspiration. Simply take a photo with your phone and you`ll receive paint recommendations within seconds, as well as where the colour can be purchased at a store near you (want your walls Tiffany blue? Take a pic of the iconic blue box to get a paint shade match) .
5 Color Change, $2.99 Never regret your colour choice again! This app lets you manipulate any image to visualize what a room would look like in a different colour. Don`t let bright walls keep you up at night anymore -- use this app to get it right the first time.