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How to Decorate Your New HomeBefore You Move

Measuring, design and shopping tools built into smartphone apps can help you get your next house in order.

Moving in a pandemic has special challenges — especially if your new place is across the country and you can’t make repeated visits to gradually set things up. And shopping for furniture in crowded stores may make some people uneasy while the Covid-19 vaccines are still being distributed.

If you’re moving into an apartment, take additional measurements of the building’s staircases, hallways, elevator cars and main doors. You don’t want to find out on moving day that your extra-long couch or snooker table can’t make the turn on the stairs or fit through the door.

Many of these programs work the same way: You point the camera at a wall or upload a photo of the room, and then tap through a series of color samples until you find one that suits you.

Paint apps can give you an idea of how colors will look in your space, but factors like your smartphone’s screen and the light in the room can affect the final look. Still, if you’re trying to decide if the kitchen walls should be Soft Fern green or Utah Sky blue, digital paint makes it much easier to narrow down the color scheme.

Category: Technology

Source: New York Times

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