25 Essential iPad Apps for Interior Design Students

If you are a creative person, who understands how you can use space, you might be able to create an interior design career for yourself. Getting a degree in interior design can be a great way to make a living doing what you love. However, you usually need to be a student before you can be taken seriously as an interior designer.

As you attend school to become an interior designer, you can get help from technology. The iPad has revolutionized the way that many people do things. Even after you finish school, and after you are earning a salary as an interior designer, you can use the iPad as part of your job. While you are going through school, here are 25 great iPad apps for interior design students:

Design Apps

Use these applications to learn about design, as well as test out ideas in virtual rooms. These iPad apps can help you complete assignments and more. Great ideas and fun options.

  1. Home Interior Ideas HD: Sort ideas for home interior design by room in the house. A great way to customize your ideas, and watch your vision come to life. Cost: $1.99
  2. Interior 2011 – Sweet Home (HD): Look at different ideas for different rooms. Also includes a look at restaurants and cafes, as well as pool ideas. Perfect for the student looking for a variety of ideas. Cost. $0.99
  3. Dream home HD: Try out different plans for different rooms. Good way to try out new ideas, and learn more about the elements of interior design. Cost: $4.99
  4. Houzz: You can use this for a great idea for home design. Try out different design elements, and create a design idea book. Cost: Free
  5. iHome HD (free): You can look at different pictures and ideas, and find inspiration. Cost: Free, with more for the full version
  6. Remodelista: Perfect for the interior design student who is learning about remodeling. You can plan projects, and consider ways to refresh any space. Cost: $2.99
  7. AutoCAD WS: Helpful AutoCAD app that can provide you the ability to design and draw, and try your own designs. Cost: Free
  8. Phaidon Design Classics: Awesome look at design classics. It’s not just about interior design; this app contains a number of other products. Excellent examples of good design. Cost: $19.99

Color and Sketchbook Apps

You can make use of these iPad apps to help you sort out color and learn how to complement different items and colors. You can also use different apps for sketching. Plenty of great ideas and art-related themes.

  1. Color Wheel: Great application that allows you to experiment with different color schemes. Try different ideas, and see how the colors work together. Cost: $0.99
  2. Peppermint, NCS Color: Find out which colors go great together. Adjust shades, and get ideas of what color themes you might want to incorporate. Cost: $3.99
  3. Quill: This vector drawing iPad app can help you quickly put your ideas down, giving them life. When you have an inspiration about how to use a specific space, you can easily record it. Perfect for design students. Cost: $0.99
  4. Freeform: Another great vector drawing app. Great for capturing your ideas quickly and easily, and for experimenting with color. Find the best combinations. Cost: $9.99
  5. Adobe Ideas: This acts as a sketchpad that can help you with your designs, and help you capture your ideas quickly and easily. Cost: $5.99
  6. SktechBook Pro for iPad: Easily capture your design ideas no matter where you are. A great app for making sure that you are ready — no matter when inspiration strikes you. Cost: $4.99
  7. Brushes: Cool painting app that helps you experiment with color, as well as with drawing and placing objects. A good tool for the design student interested in capture ideas and thoughts, and experimenting a bit. Cost. $7.99
  8. PhotoPad: You can use this great iPad app to edit photos. Change the look of a photo for design ideas. Perfect for adjusting the look of a room. Cost: Free
  9. Penultimate: Great sketching app that can give you “graph paper” if you want it. Perfect for sketching new ideas and deciding how best to use space. Cost: $1.99

Organization, Scheduling and Note-Taking

Make sure you stay ahead in class. Organize your schedule, and keep track of assignments. Take notes, and even take clips of interesting design concepts that you see.

  1. OmniFocus for iPad: This iPad app is expensive, but for some interior design students, it might be worth the money. It provides comprehensive task management. You can include schedules, projects and other important categories. Perfect for keeping everything straight. Cost: $39.99
  2. MindNode: A great mind mapping tool for the iPad. You can organize your thoughts quickly and easily, and use this as a way to map out your processes. Perfect for organizing how you think about your school work. Cost: $5.99
  3. Dropbox: Perfect for integrating your images and notes, and also great for sharing amongst devices. Helps you make sure that what is saved on your iPad is accessible on your desktop, and vice versa. Cost: Free
  4. Evernote: The ultimate note taking iPad app. Save clippings of cool designs from the Internet, jot down your thoughts, add notes, and generally organize everything. All from the palm of your hand. Cost: Free
  5. Simplenote: If you want just the basics for your note taking, this is the app for you. Easy and efficient, you can synchronize with other devices, and keep lists and jot ideas, as well as take notes in class. Cost: Free
  6. Things: Scheduling, assignments and more can all be taken care of in this iPad app. Perfect for keeping everything straight as a student. Remain organized so that you can find success in your classes. Cost: $19.99
  7. Task Cards: A simple and visual stimulating way to manage your tasks. Helps you get started with your task management, and helps you stay organized. Perfect when you are looking for help to get started. Cost: $2.99
  8. Week Calendar: This app helps you quickly and easily view your week. An overall view of your schedule that can be adapted for classes and assignments, as well as project stages. Cost: $1.99