Home Design Software Better Homes And Gardens

DIYers, rejoice! Better Homes and Gardens magazine launched an iOS app that focuses on the most affordable DIY project — painting.

The new "How to Paint Anything" app [iTunes link] is a digital catalogue of paint projects, for everything from walls to fabric to flooring. Items you can paint are arranged in six general categories, with more than 50 detailed painting project instructions. The $0.99 cent app works on iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch. No plans for an Android version yet.

Jill Waage, editorial director for home content at Better Homes and Gardens, tells Mashable they focused on painting specifically because "it's such an affordable way to update your space."

"Paint projects are popular with our readers on all our platforms," she added.

Each painting project on the app also lists what supplies you'll need to have. If you don't have those items, you can create a shopping list, and even print the instructions. When you add a project to your shopping list, the list is automatically populated with the items you'll need to buy. You can remove and add items if you need, or sort your shopping list by project.

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Add notes on individual projects and save projects you want to do later to "favorites." A general "Painting Tips" category takes you into a list of niche painting projects — painting plastic, bricks, vinyl flooring — and tells you how to do each project in clear detail. Farther down that list are general painting tips, even advice for selecting colors with tips from real decorators (for instance, New York City designer Sara Gilbane says it's best to use yellow wall paint in a room with lots of natural light or it can look drab).

"It meshes the creative side of painting and the technical part of it," Alicia Chilton, digital home design editor for BHG.com, said about the app.

Better Homes and Gardens is no stranger to the digital space. In fact, the company's pretty pins have made it one of the top brands on Pinterest.

Will this app help you with your DIY projects? Tell us in the comments.

Source : https://mashable.com/2012/09/06/better-homes-gardens-paint-anything-app/

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