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!
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 (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!
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 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.
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.
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+
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 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.
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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