This Mobile Game Can Help You Design Your Home

Up your design skills and ace your way through this popular interior decorating game

Photography: courtesy of the author and Google Play (Main Photos)

It may cost you an arm and a leg to deck your real living space in rustic, traditional furniture, or your porch in coastal rattan duds. But with the recent spike in popularity of Design Home, an app that tests your decorating skills, getting your (virtual) dream home can come at absolutely no cost.

The game sets you up with a given number of diamonds to purchase wall art, table toppers, or extra-special furniture; and some virtual cash to purchase specific pieces to fit into regularly themed design challenges. If you’re willing to shell out some real cash, you can top-up your diamonds and cash in increments of $1.99 all the way to $99.99. Designs are pitted against each other, and all players are required to vote in order to create their own rooms.

It may sound simple enough, but with random voting, an ability (or inability) to purchase the design pieces you love, and some money management trickery, acing Design Home is a mix of chance and strategy. Take these tips to heart when downloading the free game, and see if you rise up the ranks. Good luck, designers.

1. Spend on inventory.

If you’ve got real purchasing power, spending $$$ to buy eye-catching furniture does count. The more furniture you buy, the bigger your stockpile gets, and the more pieces you’ll have to spread out over the challenges you join.

2. Cash in on freebies.

When you catch yourself with some downtime, scroll through the “Free” tab to watch promotional videos. These 10-30 second shorts will earn you 15 diamonds a pop. Watch enough of them and you can gain 150 diamonds in a day, absolutely free.

Got even more time on your hands? Design Home poses challenges that involve everything from taking surveys to downloading games that can earn you hundreds to thousands of extra diamonds. (Be careful about spreading your credit card information around!)

3. Go monochrome.

You have literally a split second to win a vote in Design Home, so you want your room to have maximum overall impact. An all-white, all-black or all-citrus colored bedroom, for example, can draw the eye more quickly than a room with color smattered all over the place. Remember that while the game poses a themed challenge, voters hardly every give a second thought to theme and vote more likely according to what catches their attention right away.


4. Invest in flexible pieces.

A wooden cocktail table that can look good in a mid-century modern room and a beach cottage will give you more mileage than anything too innovative or design-heavy. What might please your tastes in real life may not work in your favor online.

5. Wait for your daily allowance.

At 9PM (Philippine time), Design Home adds 500 diamonds to your wallet (think of it as their version of Monopoly’s pass go and collect $200). Wait for the money to drop before entering the 8PM design challenge and have a little more juice before you run up the furniture bill.

6. Borrow furniture.

Once a day, the app allows you to use one furniture piece from their warehouse without actually purchasing it. Save that one piece a day for a challenge that you simply can’t fill with whatever you already own. (This move requires you to link your app to Facebook).

7. Live and let live.

The thing about design is that no matter how well you stick to the ABCs, spend money on quality furniture, and do something that you have 100% faith in, everything still depends on your clients’ tastes. In Design Home’s case, your clients are the hundreds of folks voting (or not voting) on your room. If you’re in it to win it, this game may have you extra frustrated… but if you join for the fun of exercising your creativity then you have a better chance at enjoying the game and then getting greater yields.

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Design Home is available on the App Store and on Google Play.

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