Unless you have an “eye” for decorating and placing objects, trying to turn an ordinary room into an extraordinary room can be a challenge. Interior design software has replaced trial and error, which means that creating a room you enjoy is now within reach. A good interior design software suite can easily replace an interior designer.
Even though most of these suites tend to be above the $100 mark, this is a small price to pay for a program that you can use over and over again. Many of these suites include printable portions, blueprints, and complete databases that can be accessed at any time. A great interior design suite can be purchase for 100+. The key is to find a program that matches your abilities as an amateur (or professional) designer.
Note: all prices included in this article were approximate at the time of this writing.
Better Homes and Gardens Home Designer Suite 8.0 -- $100+
If you want to change your floors or add a unique wall color to any room, this is the program for you. The Better Homes and Gardens Home Designer Suite is a complete suite full of excellent interior design options. Unlike other home design software, this software is also user-friendly and user-focused. Users can point-and-click in order to change wall colors and flooring in addition to playing around with various home plans that can be found inside of this program’s database.
Punch! Professional Home Design Suite Platinum Version -- $100+
Add some punch to your home with Punch! Professional Home Design Suite (Platinum version). This software really takes every possible interior design detail into consideration. Users can add wainscoting to rooms, create borders, select from wood types, and even create plumbing blueprints. The one drawback to this software is that it comes with a learning curve. Yet, learning how to use the Punch! Professional Home Design Suite will prove to be worth the effort.
Home Designer Interiors -- $70+
Home Design Interiors allows users to situate walls, doors, windows, and other architectural aspects. In addition, this software includes many material options, paint colors, flooring suggestions, and kitchen cabinet choices. A key feature that makes this program immensely popular is brand-name selection. Users can select a variety of brand-name materials, paints, and other items to add to a 3D design. It is also possible to import unique or specialty brands into this program. In short, Home Design Interiors is highly customizable making it the perfect software for interior design gurus.
DesignWorkshop Lite -- Free
DesignWorkshop Lite is freeware software that serves a very simple purpose. This software makes building interior designs, landscapes, and other design features simple. In addition, DesignWorkshop Lite lets users create plans in 3D. A complete tutorial that can be purchased for a minimal fee makes this software user-friendly, and it is one of the few interior design software options for both Windows and Macintosh OS. Place floors, create built-ins, change room colors, and visualize outdoor landscapes before buying a can of paint or a board.