3 Design apps for 2018 that every designer could use

The smart device generation

These days we are all reliant on our laptops and smart devices for just about everything.  When was the last time you actually memorized someone’s phone number other than your own?
Or calculated your grocery list in your head?  You probably cannot actually remember because the rise of the smartphone has made our lives really easy.

3 Design apps for 2018 that every designer could use

#1 Behance


We cannot walk around with our portfolios strapped to us.  Behance makes having your portfolio to hand really simple. Not only can show off your designs, you can pop quick ideas together quickly and easily on the fly in case a chance meeting gets you your dream client. It’s like having your business card and portfolio on your phone.
No more cumbersome cards as you can just pop a message to your potential client with all your details on.

#2 Paper


Is a great sketching tool.  Sitting a coffee shop and inspiration suddenly hits you!  No problem uses your tablet or even better Stylus and starts to sketch with paper. Using a digitized pen or even your finger you can use your touch screen as if you were sketching on a sheet of paper.  The great part is it stores you sketches for you allowing you to sort them into a neat folder with times and dates of when you drew them.

You can also then share your drawings through most media applications.

#3 Adobe Photoshop Express


Adobe Photoshop Express is a great and easy to use tool for quick picture touchups.  For people who already use Adobe products, you will get the feel for this application in no time at all.

There are also a few advanced too for photo editing and a lot of fun tools which make it a lot better to use for photos than Instagram and you can share most of your pieces through social media application.

A few tips and tricks for designing your bedroom and making the most out of your personal space

Your bedroom

As you spend a third of your life asleep your bedroom is one place you need to feel calm, relaxed and peaceful.
There are many ways to make your bedroom seem bigger, smaller, brighter and lot more sleepable.  You don’t have to break your bank if you are looking to have a change and spruce your room up a bit.

How to design your bedroom

Centre your bed against the bed wall
Most house designs have a bedroom wall in the bedroom.  If the house designer knew what he was doing he would have planned this wall in the most strategic position that the plan allowed for.

Ensure to center the bed here.  This way you get a balance when you put the bedside tables next to the bed.

Use smart storage
If your closet is big enough it is always better to put dressers in the closet. Especially if your room is on the smaller size.  This not only keeps your clothes in one place but makes your room look a lot bigger and airier.

Another idea is to use a Kist storage which you can position at the foot of your bed and will double as a sitting place.

Ensure there is an access flow
When designing your room ensure there is enough space to put all your bedroom necessities in.  Ensure can you easily access all corners and sides of your bed.

And easy flow also makes the room seem peaceful, calm and less cluttered.

Make a reading corner
Most sleep experts will tell you to do away with distractions in a room.  By that, they usually refer to having TV’s, computers and various devices in your bedroom. Instead of a TV set find a comfy wingback reading chair, with a nice side table with a space to hold your books and place a warm mug of coffee or cocoa on.

A nice floor standing lamp to light your corner for evening reading and a snuggly throw placed over the back of the chair for those nights you need a bit more snuggle.

This makes a great corner to curl up in at the end of the day and get stuck into a great book which in turn leads to a better night sleep.

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How do you know which tiny house design is best for you?

Tiny house trend sweeping the nation

Owning a tiny home has got quite a few followers as many people have opted to ditch their larger homes and take to a tiny house on wheels, semi-mobile or a permanent fixture one. Costing less and living green in tight-knit tiny house communities has become quite the trend.

How to choose the design for a tiny house

#1 Determine the size which best suits you.

  • Have a look at a few Tiny House designs from reputed Tiny House Designers.
  • See which ones would best suit your needs.
  • Choose at least two of your favorites so you can compare them.

#2 Remember that the lofts can play an important part of your tiny house as it will determine your bedroom size. Some tiny houses have space for two small bedrooms. This will also determine the height of your tiny house.

#3 Ground floor bedrooms are great ideas for the elderly and or guest rooms they can also double as a study.

#4 Once you have two plans you can now determine the size of the trailer you need. Some tiny houses do extend past the trailer this is fine, especially in semi-permanent structures. If you are planning to move often then you will need to consider the weight of your tiny house as it will play a major factor in the size of the trailer.

#5 It is time to compare costs of your various plans.
Now that you have your floor plans, trailer schematics it is time to get to work deciding how you are going to decorate your tiny house.

Take in the cost of appliances, materials, electrical, plumbing and sewage hookups.Once they are altogether an architect can help you with various floor plans and design layouts.

Compare your two plans see where you can cut costs if need be.To view a few tiny houses to get a look and feel for them.

Then it is time to make your decision!