Furniture placement, wall colors, floor finishes – all available to preview!
Doesn’t it sound appealing to be able to see what your interior design ideas would look like before you take a chance and commit to them? Thanks to the Internet you can experiment to your heart’s content with no downside. The best news is that all but one of these virtual programs are free! Here are some apps, tools and websites that allow you to pre-plan your furniture placement in specific rooms before either buying the furniture or committing to a new place to live. No professional skills needed. You can also virtually paint or move walls, plan a kitchen, look at floor finishes and much more.
Planner 5D is a free room-design tool that is easy to use and allows you to explore even the smallest architectural details like windows and stairs. It has great 3D graphics for both the interior and exterior of your home.
Design a Room is sponsored by Armstrong flooring and deals mostly with colors, textures and finishes. Play with combinations of flooring, cabinets, cabinets, walls, ceilings and counter tops. You can coordinate colors from the major paint companies with your hardwood and tile. This is great for those of us who really aren’t sure about color and don’t want to pay the painter to try sample colors on walls!
Floorplanner is a tool for floor plans and room layouts. Create your office, home or garden plans here. The basic sign up is free, and gives you 1 project with 3 floors and 3 designs per floor. See your furniture arrangements in 2D and 3D by dragging and dropping your pieces where you want them. You can easily share your design with friends and family.
Urban Barn room planner can help you to plan any space in a home. Don’t start pushing furniture around until you check with Urban Barn. They are a retail store and they encourage you to use their furniture forms, but they offer standard furniture forms to represent your favorite couch or side table.
Room Sketcher offers high-quality 2D and 3D plans. The basic software is free and you can upgrade to generate floor plans. You can draw your floor plan yourself or order your floor plan through Room Sketcher. First draw your walls then add windows and doors. Final step is to furnish and decorate with their drag and drop floor plan software. Once your floor plan is set you can print it out.
Homestyler Interior Design is a free app for both iOS and Android. Design a room in 3D by first entering its measurements. Add window treatments, accessories and all kinds of other products from name brand stores. Place and remove pieces of furniture with a swipe of a finger.