6 High-Tech Home Design Tools to Make Your Reno Easier

Refresh your home design with these handy apps and tools!

Designing and decorating your home doesn’t have to give you a headache. Thanks to modern technology, it’s easier than ever to hit the refresh button on your home design.

To show us just how simple it is, designer Tamara Robbins Griffith has put together the ultimate list of design tech that will have you planning your next reno in no time. With the help of these handy high-tech apps and tools, the process can be foolproof AND fun.

1. iPhone Measure app

Picture this: you’re wandering around the flea market, and the perfect piece of furniture catches your eye—but you have no idea if it could possibly fit in your home. Luckily for you, the solution might already be on your own phone. This handy app comes pre-downloaded on all iPhones and iPads, and can be used to turn your device into a virtual tape measure or level. It’s the ultimate tool for gauging the size of any object in a pinch!

2. DeWalt laser distance measurers

Cast away your measuring woes like a pro with one of these laser-powered distance measurers from DeWalt. These high-tech instruments can help you get the job done right by sizing up your projects in an instant. DeWalt offers a variety of rechargeable laser measurers that can calculate distances, volume, and area, with ranges of up to 330 ft.

3. Bosch Blaze laser measurer & MeasureOn app

Bosch also has its own version of the laser measurer, called the Bosch Blaze. This compact device has a 165 ft. range, a backlit display with easy-to-read numbers, and comes with its very own companion app. The MeasureOn app allows you to draw a rough floorplan of any space, then add in your measurements to get a better idea of your design—saving you time and hassle!

4. Pantone Studio app

Have you ever wondered how to figure out the colour of anything that inspires you, and precisely match it with your paint colours? Well, the Pantone Studio app allows you to do just that! Simply snap a photo, upload it to the app, and Pantone will help you find the exact shade. You’ll also be able to build and create custom palettes to test on 3D-rendered materials and designs.

5. Room Planner app

Interior design has never been so simple! With the Room Planner app, you’re free to measure your own space, create unique 2D and 3D floorplans, furnish your plans with décor from world famous brands, and get inspiration from pre-designed layouts. The app is easy to use, and its visuals are so lifelike that you might even forget you’re looking at a screen!

6. Morpholio Trace – Sketch CAD app

Bring new life to your design process with the magic of digital hand sketching, thanks to the Morpholio Trace app. This revolutionary app allows you to draw on top of images, PDFs, 3D models, and more to markup previous plans and develop your design ideas in layers. Plus, you can create your own floorplans to scale using a range of exceptional tools, brushes, and pens.