Develop Design Ideas For Your Home With Ikea’s New iPad App
This new design app from Ikea let’s you scrapbook on your iPad using images of products from Ikea allowing you to virtually develop your own design ideas for your home. The app is free and available on iTunes. You can watch the video above to see the app in action. More and more furniture stores are releasing technology like this to help people plan out what their homes will look like with their products in them. Interior design companies are also offering more general advice online, for example at laurelandwolf.com, such as how to make the most of your space. Combining these tools can help you to create your perfect interior scheme with ultimate ease. Titled Klippbok, Swedish for scrapbook, the Ikea app has user friendly features including the ability to save your ideas and share them socially on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest! If you want to go a step further, these days you can design your entire home from the ground up with the help of a residential construction company, that way you could make every room the exact shape and size you need and really make your home work for you. But for now, let’s focus on the easier task of decor.
This app is much closer to a scrapbook app than an actual design tool. It allows you to compile just the right combination of Ikea products to give you an idea of how your design might work. This makes it a useful tool to show a design build company just what you’re planning on going with after a renovation. The actual placement and scaling of objects is limited. For example, you can choose a rug or bedding, but you won’t be able to place them realistically. As you can see above, I tried to place pillows on the bed, but it is impossible to place them between the headboard and the footboard. You can place objects in front of or behind each other and you can flip, scale and rotate, too.
Here’s an example of using the tool for design inspiration rather than furniture arrangement. It’s a ton of fun to play with a color palette (although Ikea’s colors are already edited so you’re pretty safe), especially with the winter interior design trends starting to emerge. I create design inspiration boards whenever I take on a decorating project, landscape design or even when contemplating a move, vacation or lifestyle upgrade. I find collage to be a very powerful tool for visualization and it can be really useful for weeding out bad ideas, too! Have fun with this. I predict, once they add bunk beds and more features for kids rooms, it will be hard to wrestle your iPad back from the budding interior designer at your house!