12 Free Interior Design Tools I Couldn’t Live Without

 

12 Best Free Interior Design Tools - Rosanna Alicia Stylist

I don’t know about you guys, but I still find planning a redesign as scary as I do exciting. You have your vision (if you haven’t, read this first!), but actually putting a brush to a wall and ordering that new sofa is a big deal. I know what I want, but is it going to come out the way I’m seeing it in my head?! The fear is always there, especially when I’m spending a few bob!

Of course, there will always be an element of risk when you’re redecorating – that’s part of the fun! But it’s still good to be able to visualise as best you can the results. Over the years I’ve found some handy interior design tools that help the process for me, and I hope they help you too!

Houzz (especially the 3D feature on the app!)

I’m sure Houzz won’t be new to many of you! (If it is, (have you been living under a rock?!) it’s a really awesome platform where you can discover interior design ideas (kinda like Pinterest but just for interiors); shop for furniture and decor; search for professionals/tradesmen near you; and read awesome features on interiors! Yes, it really does have it all. *Heart eyes*) As well as all these life-saving, time-saving, money-saving tools, the Houzz app also has an amazing 3D feature where you can place items in your actual room. Say whuuuuuut! It uses your camera to view the room, and places the pieces there on your screen! It’s insanely helpful when you’re shopping for big pieces like furniture and floor lamps to help you visualise things in place. Check out how it works here!

Sketch up free interior design tool

SketchUp

For the more serious among you, SketchUp is a really good free 3D model maker that’s tried, tested, and loved by designers and architects worldwide. I’m only just starting to use it myself, but I love the potential it gives to up the anti with my design work. A word of warning – this is professional software, and not the most intuitive! I’m watching a lot of online tutorials trying to get my head around it. I have a feeling that it’s going to take a while…

Planner 5d and Home By Me - free interior design tools to help you redesign

Planner 5d (online) and Home By Me (download)

Planner 5d and Home By Me are my go-to interior design tools. I’ve included them both because one is online-based, and the other is downloadable software (whatever floats your boat!). They both allow you to design rooms from scratch with floor plans and render them into beautiful 3D images. This is invaluable in bringing your ideas to life – especially if you’re providing plans and mock-ups for a client who will want to see as well as possible what you have in mind. (Not going to lie, they’re also just really fun to mess around with… Kinda like The Sims for interiors-obsessed grown ups!) Check out some design inspo here!

Colormind or CSS Drive Colors Pallate Generator

These are my two favourite colour tools for extracting colour palates from an image. You can upload a photo of an interior and the tools will show you the colour palate used. So handy!

Coolors palate generator - free interior design tool

Coolors

Coolors is a great colour tool that creates complimentary palates. You can go completely random, or pin one or two colours for the algorithm to work from and save all your different combinations so you can come back to them time & time again. I love it because it gives the hex numbers for each colour, so they’re easy to match elsewhere.

Colorjive free interior decor tool - allows you to digitally paint your rooms to help visualise redecoration

Colorjive or Olympic Paint Visualizer

Say goodbye to ugly patches of paint on the walls and guesswork –  Colorjive & Olympic Paint Visualizer will virtually paint your rooms! These tools allow you to upload photos of your rooms and digitally paint them so you can test out as many colours as you like before committing to the paint pot. Super useful! If you’re looking for some colour palate inspo, check out my Pinterest board here.

Houzz - interior design tool free - midcentury modern dining room

IKEA room planners

IKEA has handy room design tools which allow you to plan rooms from a floor plan and see in 3D view (like Planner 5d and Home By Me). Naturally, if you’re planning on buying a fair bit from IKEA, being able to see the actual products on a plan is really helpful! Very easy to use and fun to play around with. A+

Smart Draw floor plans help you to redesign your interiors for free

Smart Draw Floor Plans

If you’re looking for a really good floor plan tool, I really like Smart Draw. It is easy and intuitive to use, and you can either use online or download software for it. You can save your plans in lots of different formats to be compatible with CAD programs etc. Take a look with the free trial!

Dream Draper helps you to digitally try window dressing

Dream Draper

Dream Draper allows you to upload photos of your own rooms and experiment with dressing windows digitally. You can select different fabrics and styles of drapes, curtains, and blinds that you want to try, and see how they look before you commit! Check out the 30 day free trial.

IKEA room planners are free interior design tools

Have you tried out any of these tools before?

Do you have any other amazing ones to add to the list?

Share the love & knowledge in the comments below!

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34 Comments

  1. Thank you for these great ideas! I’ve used graph paper in the past and it was a huge challenge to get everything right! I did use Ikea’s site to completely redo our kitchen and plan our bedroom closet system, and their tool works really well! I plan on trying some of the free planning tools and the free trials as I plan my basement remodel. Thanks again Rosanna!

    Pura vida, Penny

    1. rosannaalicia

      Yes I really like the IKEA tools. If you found them helpful, I’d definitely try out Planner 5d and Houzz 3D app. They can be such a lifesaver. Good luck with you basement remodel Penny!

  2. OMG Ikea has a room planner?? I already love them so much before knowing that. Ha! I also wish I had known about the Houzz 3D tool when we moved to our one bedroom apartment, it was really hard to gauge what size furniture would fit after living in a large 3 bedroom house.

    1. rosannaalicia

      Wow Michaela I can only imagine ! So hard when you downsize – I had the same thing last year. There is such a tight bend round the stairs up to my flat that we had to buy a new sofa that splits in half!(!!!)

  3. I am so obsessed with home decor and my dream to design my dream house someday! I spend most of my days on realtor.com and zillow lol, thanks for some great new suggestions to play around with! I hope I can figure them out as I have no actual design experience!

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