ColorSmart by BEHR (Free)
Can’t decide on the right shade of green for your kitchen? This app lets you browse through your choices without ever leaving your home. Available for iOS and Android devices, the app also allows users to upload a photo for easy color matching, preview your preferred paint color in different rooms, and share your DIY projects with friends via social media. When you find the prefect hue, order through the app and pick up at a local retailer.
SnapShop Showroom (Free)
Try a new sofa on for size by virtually placing it in your living room with this cool app for iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch. Take a photo of any room and then use your fingers to place furniture from the app’s large catalog of name brands. Share your favorites with friends and use the shopping cart feature to visit retailers without leaving your home. No more buyer’s remorse.
Garden Plan Pro ($7.99)
Turn your iPhone or iPad into the ultimate gardening guide with this comprehensive app. Use the drawing tools and plant database to layout a vegetable, fruit, or herb garden of any shape and size, including raised beds or container gardens. Get climate-specific advice and reminders for planting, tending, and harvesting your garden, and read through hundreds of how-to articles about starting seeds, avoiding pests, and more.
What’s the most powerful tool that every DIYer should own? A smartphone or tablet, of course. Modern homeowners can put technology to work for them, and save time, money, and headaches on their next home improvement or decorating project. Whether it’s installing drywall or choosing the perfect sofa, our picks of the most essential DIY apps will help you get it done.