Design Apps: Do or Don’t?

Advice from the pros on utilizing design technolo

We live in a day and age where you can do nearly anything from your phone. From ordering food to locking your front door: technology is now. It’s getting to the point where you can even design your own home through an app.

That’s why ESTATENVY spoke to designers and homeowners about the pros and cons of using those apps. Everyone that we talked to agrees that the most well-known home design app on the market is called “Houzz,” which helps homeowners find design inspiration by providing all the tools and information you need to complete your next home remodeling or decorating project. It sounds ideal, right? But some interior designers say that it might not be the best idea for everyone.

“I’m so old school,” Elmhurst, Illinois-based interior designer Kristin Petro said with a chuckle. “Our advice is to rely on the experience of the designer who can visualize a space and know how it will come together.”

While designers advise to not rely solely on apps, they say they can be an extremely helpful tool. Apps like Houzz can be used to track down local designers in your area, and an app called ColorSnap Visualizer is known for helping homeowners pick the perfect shade for their homes by matching images they take with their phones to Sherwin-Williams paints. Zillow Dig also allows you to search through home design ideas and improvement projects by cost and color.

Designers agree that Houzz and Pinterest apps are what most of their clients are using as a visual aid when explaining their ideas and style. That’s why they advise their clients to use Pinterest boards to find statement pieces that align with their style.

“Look for a light fixture you might like or a color scheme online. Little things like that will give us a better idea of what you like,” Petro said.

Petro says that even though design apps can be a useful tool, she doesn’t suggest relying on them for an entire project. Sometimes it’s best to leave the work to the professionals.

“I strongly believe in the human side of design,” interior designer Rebecca Pogonitz said. “Presenting it in a digital form is great, but physical samples are much more productive.”