Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, especially when it comes to your artwork. Whether you buy an original piece from an up-and-coming artist, pick out an Andy Warhol print, or enlarge one of your favorite Kodak moments, what you choose to place on your walls is one of the most personal parts of decorating your space. However, finding a piece that complements (and fits in) your space can be difficult.
Looking to add something to your walls? Well, there’s an app for that. The six options below make selecting and placing your latest artwork a breeze.
1. Saatchi Art
Why go to some fancy gallery when you have all the necessary resources at your fingertips? Though Saatchi Art’s app gives budding artists the chance to share and sell their work, we love the app because it makes buying great art from the comfort of your couch a cinch. Once you find a piece, check out the app’s “view in your room” feature, which uses augmented reality to show you how it’ll look in your home. Not sure where to start? Peruse the app’s new releases or connect with a curator, who will work with you to find a piece you’ll love.
Gallery walls look eclectic and effortless, but they actually require a lot of planning. That’s where Art.com’s eponymous app comes in. With its Gallery Wall Designer feature, you can experiment with several layouts, print sizes, and frames to create the gallery wall of your dreams. From there, preview your eye candy with the app’s Artview feature, which uses proprietary technology to virtually hang your gallery wall in your home.
Investing in great artwork is kind of like dating: You’re ultimately looking for a piece you can spend many, many years with and, when sifting through a pool of potential suitors, a good first impression is crucial. Known as the Tinder of art apps, Wydr applies the same swipe right, swipe left mentality to buying your next masterpiece. If you see something you like, swipe right to uncover additional information and ultimately buy the piece.
4. Picture That AR
A house is not a home without some personal touches, and it doesn’t get more personal than hanging up pictures of your family and friends. That’s precisely why you should give Picture That AR a try. This app uses augmented/mixed reality to visualize any pictures on your walls—yes, even your most-liked Instagram. If you want to decorate an entire room in one-fell swoop, Picture That lets you preview multiples walls at once.
Available for iOS (Android coming soon)
Admit it: You secretly love being the cool art expert in your group. You may have already taught them everything there is to know about Rauschenberg and Rivera, but what about up-and-coming artists? Enter Vango, an app chock-full of awesome emerging photographers, painters, and more. Thanks to its “preview on wall” feature, you can also see what it’ll look like in your home before you buy it. In the off chance you have a change of heart, shoppers can take advantage of free shipping and returns.
Chances are, you know and love Houzz as a destination for great (and affordable!) furniture, but did you know it has some cool artwork, too? From sculpture, to mixed media, to photography, Houzz has virtually every medium you can imagine. And once you find a piece you like, use Houzz’s 3D app to view your art in real life—you know, along with your lamp, couch, and coffee table.