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Interior Design: Tools of the ‘trade’

Having the right tools definitely makes the job easier. When it comes to measuring a room, sketching a floor plan, writing a project scope, or preparing a mood board, we are all about making the task as easy as possible. Here are TEN of our favourite ‘tools’ that help us get the job done.

Measuring tape or laser

Could there be another number one? It doesn’t have to break the bank, but don’t skimp on the tape either. You want it to be sturdy so it doesn’t flop down when you’re measuring a room, especially if doing so yourself. We use the Lufkin one from Mitre10. If you’re after a laser, the DeWalt Pocket Laser is a really cost-effective choice.

Grid paper

As mentioned in our floor plan blog, grid paper makes drawing well-proportioned and scaled layouts easy. Download free printable grid paper in either A4 size on our website.

Tracing paper

Easily the best life-hack when it comes to playing with floor plan and kitchen design ideas. Watch our how-to video on tracing paper here.

Erasable pens

These are a lifesaver! They come in a range of sizes, colours, and functions (yes, you can even buy erasable highlighters). You can easily source them from Mighty Ape. We use the pens for sketches and the highlighters for marking up drawings for pricing and construction.

Pencil case

As a bit of a pen and pencil collector, I need something to keep my tools together. My two favourites are from the Japanese brand Delfonics which I purchased from Everyday Needs.


We use Canva for everything from social media posts to project proposals. Although we use a paid version, the free account still provides access to a library of functional templates, including mood boards, which is a great way to visually capture your project inspiration.

If you can’t find what you’re looking for, you can purchase templates on Etsy or Creative Market, or create your own.

Floor Planner

Floor Planner is free software and an exceptional tool. Whilst we use a paid version, the complimentary one has all the functions the average home renovator will need. Plus, it’s straight forward to learn.

Colour chips

We love our set of Abi Colour Chips. Most plumbing and door hardware come in one of these shades (or very similar!). So, they’re great to have on hand when searching for complimentary wall and floor finishes.


Being able to access digital floor plans, emails, apps, and other tools in one little device makes being on the go all-day a whole lot easier.


This one surely goes without saying. It’s our go-to for our design inspiration, and our clients’ too. The easiest way for us to get a feel for what style of interior resonates with you and the sorts of finishes you love is to have a look at your Pinterest boards. You can see ours here.

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