We all know that our interior design business may not survive without using any design software. Right? But I asked myself whether beyond the so famous CAD and BIM programs existed design software thought exclusively for interior designers?
To my surprise, there are, and I cannot believe that I have lived so long in this technological obscurantism. Technology has brought us programs and applications that optimize our workflow more and more.
would you like to know other resources that could help you meet a professional need? Check this handy list of tools I’ve brought to you today.
DESIGN SOFTWARE 1: AUTODESK HOMESTYLER
Homestyler is one of the best solutions on this list. No installation is required since it is a web application. This design software offers a comprehensive, fast, intuitive, and modern interior design approach.
It allows us to draw 2D floor plans very quickly: by merely dragging objects such as walls, windows, doors, and stairs, among others.
You can also place furniture sold by real companies and all kinds of decorations inside and outside the rooms and a 3D view option that gives a more realistic view of the project and from all angles.
Creating interior spaces can be exciting using your 10,000+ catalog furniture and items from leading brands.
They offer 2D and 3D modes. However, they currently do not allow the ability to export the model. Instead, they allow users to take a photo of the design to download to their computer.
DESIGN SOFTWARE 2: HOME BY ME
HomeByMe has an interactive interface that allows you to draw in 2D, select all the modifications you want and then see the results in 3D in real time.
It is very versatile for a free program and offers a variety of tools found in many paid programs.
Some of the highlights include the sketch function that allows you to specify the exact imperial and metric measurements of a wall.
There is also the possibility to import your own plan images to draw them on top. Many project features can be customized, such as doors, windows, stairs, and power outlets, gas inlets, AC units, and radiators.
Additionally, rich text and annotations can be included in the drawing to label the space’s name or specific locations in or around the project.
In the end, you get a detailed list of the furniture used in the project along with its specifications. Something that I hope they improve in the future is the handling of the camera inside the model.
DESIGN SOFTWARE 3: ROOM STYLER
By subscribing to this online interior design software, you gain access to tools that can help you plan the interiors of your project and a community of people with whom you can share ideas and get inspiration.
Room Styler allows its members to display their finished interior designs and share them with other members for comment.
It has a library of 120,000 products and features that the site makes available to use while designing your space.
You can find items sold by manufacturers like Ikea, John Lewis, Mooi, and others. There are even links on the site where you can directly purchase all these chosen items.
Room Styler also allows users to create a Moodboard that collages different elements that they can use in interior design. You can even explore other people’s Moodboards for inspiration.
DESIGN SOFTWARE 4: CEDREO
Cedreo is a leading online 3D home design platform used by professional home builders, remodelers, and interior designers to create 2D and 3D floors, as well as stunning photorealistic renderings in under two hours.
The softare helps housing professionals cut costs by removing the need to contract expensive outside design firms, while also shortening the sales cycle by up to 50% because they are able to show prospective clients exactly what the finished project will look like.
The software is extremely intuitive and easy to use. In addition to floor plans and 3D exterior designs, users will also be able to create photorealistic interior designs using Cedreo’s library of 7,000+ customizable pieces of 3D furniture, materials, and decorations.
Since this all-in-one home design platform is 100% cloud-based, users can meet with clients and make edits to designs and proposals on the fly.