Have you ever purchased a piece of furniture, tied it down to your car with bungee cords, lugged it up the stairs and into your home, just to discover it didn’t fit with the room? The fabric looked different in the white storeroom or the size wasn’t quite what you envisioned? This is where augmented reality apps could help you save time, effort and money.
Augmented reality (AR) apps use software to integrate digital content with the real world. Many industries are finding creative ways to use this tool. For example, the healthcare industry uses AR as a diagnostic tool and the transportation sector is creating AR dashboards that can alert drivers of unsafe conditions.
Other areas that are taking advantage of these features are the home decor and home renovation industries. From being able to view furniture in your home before buying it to creating an accurate floor plan, these apps make time-consuming tasks easier and more accessible.
The functions of the AR apps differ depending on their purpose. Regardless, the general concept remains the same.
To begin, the user selects a feature they would like to use in their home. This could be anything from a new couch for the living room to a new paint color you’d like to add to the bedroom walls.
Once the feature is chosen, you’re prompted to scan the room you’d like to place the item. The app will utilize your phone camera to capture the room’s features. You will be directed to specific elements that need to be included. Most apps require you to capture the floor so that it can show dimension.
After a scan of the room, the app will show you how the virtual item will look in your space. You can play around with positioning and size as well.
To see exactly how these augmented reality apps can be used to revamp your home, here are seven apps that will help you make better decor decisions.
For those who are remodeling their home or want to add an appliance to freshen up their apartment, Build.com makes the project easier. It allows you to choose an appliance and visualize how it will look in your home. Experiment with different styles, finishes and placements until you have a combination that satisfies you.
Whether you’re planning a remodel, want to know the exact square footage of your home or just want to know how much room you’ll have for new furniture, magicplan can help. This app uses your camera to scan a space and then creates a floor plan with exact measurements. For people viewing potential rental properties, this app can help give them an idea of if their current furniture will work in the space.
If your landlord doesn’t allow you to paint, there are other non-paint options you can try like removable wallpaper. To see how this will look before you spend the money, try using the Graham & Brown app. This app allows you to survey the room with your phone, cut out any furniture that you don’t want to be covered with the print and see how your favorite wallpaper will look in your home.
Painting a room is an easy way to transform the space, but it can be a big commitment. ColorSnap uses AR to help you visualize how the room will look with a fresh coat of paint. Choose a color and then point your camera at a wall to see how the new hue will look. This app also has a feature that suggests complementary colors. If your landlord is on the fence about letting you paint, use this app to show them how it will look!
Although Ikea and Wayfair have their own augmented reality apps that let you view products, you may want more options. DecorMatters allows you to view home furniture, decorations and art from all your favorite stores like Target, Overstock, IKEA, Target, Ashley, West Elm, Crate & Barrel, Living Spaces and many more. Scan your space to see exactly how the items will look in your home.
roOmy is designed for those looking to stage a room. This app allows you to create custom interior designs with furniture from retailers like Amazon, Pottery Barn and Wayfair. roOomy also powers the app Curate by Sotheby’s Realty which allows homebuyers, renters and real estate agents to use AR to visualize a new space.
Similar to DecorMatters and roOmy, Housecraft allows you to view how furniture will look in your home. The difference is that you won’t feel the pressure to buy brand-name products. Housecraft allows you to place generic furniture in your home to see how it will look. This is great for those in the beginning stages of planning a room’s design.
Augmented reality may seem like a futuristic concept but as you can see, you have the ability to use it in the comfort of your living room. Try out these apps to find which one works best and discover how they can make your decorating process easier.
Looking for a new apartment? Be sure to have these apps downloaded while viewing properties to see the potential a place has to be transformed.