Houzz is a free, targetted version of Pinterest. Flipping through the app you will see nothing but beautiful interior design images. You can find specific pricing and purchase info on some items or save the pictures you like for further reference. More than 65 000 design professionals have uploaded about half a million images to the site and app that is described simply, as house porn.

A spin-off to Houzz exists for just kids. Houzz Kid Rooms will have you planning nurseries and beyond for hours.

Finding the perfect colour palette for your room can be a challenge. If you’ve got a place you’d like to start, Color Smart by Behr and Benjamin Moore Color Capture each have colour capture apps to get you started. Both apps simply let you take a picture of the object, and then it will match the colour exactly with one from their library.

Be sure to have the best light possible when you take the picture, remember you’re just using a camera phone. While both apps are very similar, I like the layout and use of the Behr app better.

If a more detailed renovation is underway this summer, taking accurate measurements Magic Plan is a great free app that will let you grab complete floor plans of your rooms so you can plan out furniture purchases, or designs. You could also use this app to compare homes you’re touring and looking at buying.

magic plan screen shot

If you’re doing a full scale reno and need some specific measurements to take to a store for advice, Photo Measures [$4.99] lets you take a picture of, say, your kitchen cabinets, and drop in the specific measurements right on the photo. It’s an easy way to keep what you need sorted so you can easily reference it at the design centre, at the store, or with your contractor.

If you’re out house hunting this weekend, just start by driving around a neighborhood you like. The free Realtor.ca app will geolocate you, show you the listings nearby, the open houses nearby, and then kick open the MLS page with the details. I love snooping on the neighbours and what they have their houses listed for, this app lets me do that from the kitchen table 🙂

amazing alexAPP OF THE WEEK:
The sequel to Angry Birds has arrived from the gang at Rovio. Amazing Alex (99c) is a fun physics based game that borrows from a few other popular apps. It’s a little bit of Bubble Ball, Civiballs, and Cut The Rope all rolled in to one. You help Alex set up fantastic apparatus in his room to get balls and balloons from A to B. It’s not quite Angry Birds addicting, but it is a fun game to kill a few minutes, and my 5 yr old loves it.

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