With smartphone apps, design assistance is always at hand

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By Terri Sapienza
Washington Post Staff Writer
Thursday, October 7, 2010

Design-related apps for the iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad could be a dream come true for enthusiasts seeking to satisfy their itch for decorating and inspiration on the go.

But just how helpful are these programs?

To find out, we searched the Apple App Store and tested apps that focus on home design, home improvement and, of course, paint. Below is a list we compiled of apps we recommend, plus a few we think should be avoided.

After hours spent downloading, test-driving and virtual decorating, we decided that for design inspiration and simple utilities, such as looking for a handyman, setting up home-related reminders and having an unexpected need for a ruler or a level, these apps can definitely come in handy. But when it comes to paint, we found that in most cases, the less you rely on your portable electronics, the better.

If you have a favorite home-related app not mentioned here, tell us about it at localliving@washpost.com.

Inspiration

HGTVtoGo

For iPhone, Touch and iPad; free

Carry the cable network around with you for viewing past episodes or clips of home shows. The app includes photo galleries and a guide to which show is running when and which one you are missing right now.

Houzz

For iPad; free


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