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5 interior design apps to help you decorate your NYC apartment

Apps like Modsy, Room Planner, and Home Design 3D help you plan and decorate your room or apartment, choose paint colors, and order furniture and decor without you having to go to a store.

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Are you moving and need help figuring out if your furniture will fit in your new apartment? Or maybe you need help deciding if a new piece of furniture you have your eye on will work in your space. There are apps that can take the guesswork out of room design.

Apps like Modsy, Room Planner, and Home Design 3D help you virtually plan and decorate your room or apartment, choose paint colors, and order furniture and decor without you having to go to a store. Some will connect you with a professional interior designer who will do the work for you.

Why use an app? For one thing, you get better customization. You can take photos and videos with your smartphone so you’re working on your own space and not a plain box. You can also build 2D and 3D models based on your room’s measurements—this might come in handy if you’re moving and don’t have access to your new apartment yet. Some apps show you how furniture from IKEA, CB2, and Wayfair will look in your room so you can try them virtually before you buy.

Most of these apps and sites are free, but you do have to pay if you connect to an interior designer. And, the apps that don’t connect you with a professional still charge for extra room designs and other features, like high-quality rendering, 3D designs, and access to full product catalogs. Still, it’s cheaper than hiring someone to do it. And, you can avoid having someone in your apartment during a pandemic. 

Keep reading for five of the top apps that help you decorate and furnish your space before you even move in.

Modsy has a style quiz about your design preferences, budget, and lifestyle.

Modsy

Modsy

iOS or Android? Modsy has an iOS app and a website.

How much does it cost? The app is free but you have to pay to work with one of their interior designers. It starts at $159 per room and you can get discounts for more than one room. (One of our writers put Modsy to the test for a living room that was badly in need of a refresh.) 

How does it work? You start by using their app to take photos of your room, upload it to their database, and then you take a style quiz about your design preferences. Then, they’ll pair you with an interior designer who will send you 3D design ideas for your room. You can work with them to make changes and once you’re ready, you can buy the pieces you want in one checkout.

What sets it apart? You get to work with a real interior designer plus you get discounts on what you buy through them from places like Crate & Barrel, CB2, Pottery Barn, and Wayfair.

Havenly's style quiz asks questions about your design preferences and your interior design experience.

Havenly

Havenly

iOS or Android? There’s an iOS app, Android app, and website.

How much does it cost? The app is free. The service starts at $99, currently on sale for $79, for a light revamp and goes to $179, currently on sale for $129, for a total room makeover.

How does it work? You take a style quiz and then they help you decide which designer to work with. They do suggest a “best match,” and you can see a small portfolio of their work, but you can also select from other designers. Once you’re paired, you share your style preferences and photos of your room. Once you decide on final pieces from a curated list, you can order the furniture directly through the app.

What sets it apart? You get to work with a professional interior designer plus you can incorporate furniture you already own.

You can build and design an apartment based on your room's dimensions.

Room Planner

Room Planner

iOS or Android? iOS and Android. There is also an app for Mac and Windows computers.

How much does it cost? The app is free but you can subscribe weekly, monthly, or annually  to get additional features like full product catalogs and unlimited designs. 

How does it work? You take photos of your space with the app, and it creates a 3D design place. Then, you can virtually decorate your place, and use inspiration from room designs.

What sets it apart? It has furniture from IKEA and other popular stores so you can make sure it fits before you buy it. 

Home Design 3D lets you build a custom floor plan.

Home Design 3D

Home Design 3D 

iOS or Android? There are apps for both operating systems.

How much does it cost? The app is free but there are classic, gold, and gold plus versions, starting at $7, which give you more features and unlimited rooms. 

How does it work? You make a floor plan based on the dimensions of your room or apartment, and then the app creates a 3D model. You can then add doors, windows, paint colors, and furniture to plan how you want to decorate and what will fit in your place.
What sets it apart? You get to create the house yourself, without taking photos of the actual space. 

What sets it apart? You get to create the house yourself, without taking photos of the actual space.

Decorate your place with IKEA furniture before you order it.

Homestyler

Homestyler

iOS or Android? Homestyler has an iOS app, Android app, and website.

How much does it cost? The basic plan is free but there’s a pro plan for $20 a month and a master plan for $40 a month, which gives you better quality, more 3D models, and 4K rendering.

How does it work? You build your own 2D or 3D floor plan based off of your apartment’s measurements, then you decorate it with furniture from stores like IKEA and Pier 1. You can then do a walkthrough with a realistic panoramic view.

What sets it apart? You can use it completely free if you don’t need high-quality renderings.