As any decorator – or wannabe decorator – knows, great home design apps are few and far between (and often flawed). Sure, you can find a home design app that allows you to virtually arrange furniture, turn blueprints into 3D renderings, create floor plans, and “paint” your rooms. And these apps are cool enough – and useful, when you’re planning, redecorating, or renovating – but they don’t have the same addictive pull as your other favorite apps (and time wasters).
Don’t you think it’s time for something a little more fun?
Decorating lovers, rejoice: there’s a home design game free for use on iPhone and iPad.
Design Home is a new game by CrowdStar, a developer most well-known for their Covet Fashion app that allows players to create stylish ensembles with clothing and accessories by real designers. Their home design game, currently available in Canada, works on a similar principle: users can choose from thousands of real furnishings and decor from high-end brands, including – but not limited to – Serena & Lily, Design Within Reach, Noir, and Loloi.
Here’s how it works:
Your job is to style a room fashionably and comfortably. You’re offered a variety of furniture, decor, rugs, art, and even plants from actual retailers – going beyond just photo-real! – to arrange in three realistic dimensions.
Once your virtual decorating is complete, you vote on other players’ setups to unlock more rooms and furnishings and add them to your “warehouse” for future use.
With the feedback on your own design from other players, you’ll learn what works, what doesn’t, and how to hone your skills. A high rating can also win you prizes on the app.
The decor fits virtually every style – as stated by the developer, “from chic metropolitan high-rises to exotic beach-front estates and cozy mountain retreats” – so you can practice decorating like you’ve never done before. And, to make it even better, since you’re working with actual furnishings you can order your favorite pieces directly from the game!
With daily challenges and an alluring concept, this revolutionary home decor game promises to be addictive and, yes, useful for everyone, regardless of their level of professionalism in the design world. If you’re in Canada, you can download it now for free; if you’re anywhere else, keep an eye out for it!
What’s your favorite home design app? Do you plan on trying Design Home yourself?