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Compared: 5 Of The Best 3D Interior Design Software Apps


As many of you know, nothing online will ever compare, for me and the Hadley Court team, with the beauty and artisanship of a professionally hand rendered sketch like the one above by Toronto designer, artist and blogger, Michelle Morelan, who pens the exquisite blog, A Schematic Life.

I ve written before about hand renderings, here. a post you really liked, but today, I m going to share with you my comparisons and thoughts on 5 of the best online 3D interior design software applications or *apps*, as they are commonly referred to in the industry.

I recently spoke about these software applications to consumers who attended the Houston New Home and Remodeling Show last weekend and today s post will share with you, Hadley Court, readers, a summary of that information.

Have you ever wanted to avoid costly mistakes and save time by being able to visualize, very quickly, in 2d or 3D, the furniture, art and accessories you are considering buying, before you buy them? Do you want to be able to upload your own room, any item you want into a set and then drag and drop all of that around to see how different combinations look together? Do you want to be able to do that privately? Do you want to then compare pricing so you stay on budget? Do you want to be able to filter your selections by brand, color, price, room, and piece and then buy them, too? Do you want to embed this on your website, blog or upload it to Pinterest to share your style and taste with others? Try Olioboard.

This Olioboard, below, was created by Hadley Court contributor. Lynda Quintero-Davids.

< Be watching for Lynda s wonderful Father s Day post -to help you shop for Dad gifts, this coming Friday.>

This Olioboard was created by designer Jennifer Reynolds Interiors, by uploading her client s room into Olioboard, dragging and dropping the furniture and accessories she wanted to use into it from her *set* on Olioboard, and then downloading it, uploading it into Instagram, and putting a filter on it. For more on this process, and her client s reaction, see Jennifer s post about it here .

Here s how easy it is to use Olioboard s filter function to see your options and save time.

Have you ever wanted to be able to create a floor plan *to scale*, layer in wall color, all interior details, including windows, trim, lighting aspects, etc. and then, with a click, see it pop up in 3D and then take a 360 degree tour of it from any angle and also be able to upload your own room into it..and do the same thing AND try out real pieces from real manufacturers and turn then to any angle and have all the details to make it easy for you to shop offline and save time? Try 3Dream.net



Have you ever wanted to be able to change out and see countertop options in your kitchen, or in any room of your home, so you can see what various materials might look like with your furniture and textile selections before you make the commitment to that large purchase? Do you want to do that in scale? Do you need to change scale from meters to inches or vice versa? Do you want to see the entire area with transparent walls, to see how each piece relates to the other and then want to be able to take a high res snapshot to share it from any angle? Do you want to add and share your completed designs to a community of over 2 million users? Do you want to do this for free..and on your IPad or IPhone in a native app and then share it on your social media channels? Try Autodesk s Homestyler.


And lastly, if you love to build things from the ground up, and need an extremely robust tool, Sketch Up s software empowers you to program in every single detail and is widely used by architects, interior designers, kitchen and bath designers and engineers the world over. The two screenshots below were created using Sketch Up.


Which tools are free to use, but also have a PRO option that gives you additional benefits? AutoDesk Homestyler, Olioboard and 3Dream.net. Which tools are available only by subscription but are reasonably priced and worth it if you need the more specialized features they offer? Minutes Matter and Sketch Up.

All of the tools come with extensive video and learning tutorial backups on You Tube or Vimeo and on their own sites and many of them have communities of people already using them, willing to help you learn what you need to know.

Here are the introductory video tutorial links for each of these software apps if you d like to watch them:

As you already know, readers, nothing compares with the services of a professional interior designer, as they are not only visual artists and creatives, but have extensive resource knowledge, construction knowledge, sourcing knowledge, performance knowledge and project management knowledge that are invaluable to you.

I wrote, here. about how and why working with a professional interior designer saves you so much money and time.

The software apps I ve compared for you today, however, are excellent tools to help the communication process between you, your designer, architect, and their sub-contractors flow smoothly and seamlessly.

I hope this has been helpful to you and we d love to hear your thoughts in the comments.

Leslie Hendrix Wood

Decorator
Chancellor Interiors
Midland, Texas

Founder, Editor In Chief

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Gone are the days when planning an interior design project or home remodeling just relied on a tape measure, pencil, pad and our imagination. Today, modern technology offers interior design professionals and amateurs various rendering and visualization tools. With some of these, anyone can draw a floor plan and preview it in 3D within several minutes. This is great news, especially for anyone who wants to try their hand at home design and remodelling themselves without having to spends hundreds of dollars and hours of formal training on AutoCAD or ArchiCAD products.

Over the last few years I have tried many of the free interior design softwares available and I have put together a selection of my top, 3 that are both easy to learn and cost nothing to use.

ROOM SKETCHER HOME DESIGNER

This software is amazing if you want to sketch a floor plan very quickly and then also take a look at it in 3D mode as you design. It is very user-friendly and offers a huge endless array of features to design home interiors and gardens. Here are some of the features it offers:

  1. You can choose a floor plan layout of the room from a list provided and modify it to match your own property or you can start from scratch. It has a built in drag and drop feature for walls, furniture and fittings, which meant it only took me a small amount of time to get started and master the software.
  2. There is a huge selection of various construction elements windows, doors and stairs that are easily modified to exactly depict the ones in the property you are working on. You can even adjust the direction that doors open into a room and set how far open or shut you would like it.
  3. The list of furnitures and materials available is extensive, you can select from hundreds of wallpapers, paints, tiles, flooring and carpets. Your ideas will never be limited when designing and there are many popular brands including Ikea, Restoration Hardware, West Elm and Crate Barrel.
  4. Once you place the furniture on the plan you can move them around, resize, rotate or delete. The list of various objects in the library is huge, so you will probably find what you are looking for (or at least a similar object).
  5. If you make a mistake, there is no need to start again just click on the particular feature you don t like (wall, door etc.) and modify or delete it.
  6. The coolest feature is the ability to preview a plan in a 3D mode. Using the camera icon on the floor plan, you can take a snapshot of the room in seconds and then saves these to your project.
  7. It is a web-based software, which means you don t have to download anything and can access your drawings from any computer with an internet connection.
  8. There are great project presentation pages where you can show off your design to friends. Also you can save your designs to your computer and print out your design.
  9. If you ever get stuck or want to discover new features, there are dozens helpful video tutorials available on the website and how-to guides on the blog.

As you probably guessed this program offers interior design planning with products from Ikea catalog. Let s have a look at this software in detail:

  1. It has two available modes on the screen: 2D and 3D, so you can immediately preview how selected product or finishing looks in the actual space.
  2. The installation is not very straight forward, so if you have any troubles trying to download it, follow instructions in this guide here.
  3. To create a plan of your room you need to choose from the suggested layouts (limited to 9) and then specify your own dimensions (you can also change the size of the room by simply clicking and pulling the walls in the required direction). Unfortunately you can t create your own layout.
  4. You can select doors, windows and other fixtures from the catalog provided. Placing them on the plan happens by double clicking the selected item and then moving it on the plan to the required location.
  5. The door opening, position of handles also can be changed pay attention to the options window in the right sidebar.

  1. Unlike Ikea Home Planner, designing in Roomstyler is not limited to one brand, but instead offers a huge selection of items from various manufacturers, including Ikea, John Lewis, Moooi and others.
  2. This software is also web-based and you can immediately start working on your design without necessity to download something.
  3. Once you plan all your changes are seen in 3D mode little window in the right sidebar which you can change too full screen mode if you wish.
  4. Here you can draw your own walls or select from a layout.
  5. It is based on drag and drop function so it is easy to accommodate any feature on the plan and then modify it using the options window. Once you place any item on your plan, you can see all product information in the left sidebar.
  6. Another interesting feature Roomstyler offers is possibility to upload your own pictures and apply them to photo frames, window scenery or even creating your own wallpaper.
  7. The colour palette of paint offers hundreds of various hues, however once applied to the actual walls they do look a bit different.
  8. After finishing your project, it offers the opportunity to view it in high quality 3D photo.

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#interior design atlanta

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There are so many great things to say about Kimberly! She s a detailed visionary full of creative ideas. I love that fact that her designs are functional and beautiful.

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Cherese Foster’s good taste in fashion and home furnishings did not go unnoticed by friends. She was always approached by many admiring people, and this inspired her to become what she is now – a certified and licensed interior redesigner, home stager, consultant, and marketing expert.

I let the quality of my work speak for itself first, then work diligently to come up with a package that meets the client’s need as well as the needs of my business.

Cherese considers the client’s desires, interacts with respect, and consistently ensures all customer concerns are answered in a timely manner with a friendly and personal response.

My favorite project was a young family from the Dominican Republic. They had a very warm spirit and treated me like a family member. They were very impressed with my work and continued to be return customers.

Unique Interior Spaces, as she calls it, also specializes in event planning and one-day decorating or makeover.

You don’t have to put things off any longer. UIS will surely meet your design expectations – beautiful living spaces that reflect your unique taste, personality and lifestyle. Grab this chance now.

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#top interior design colleges

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Interior Design Schools in California

Each year, an average of 1,084 students graduate from interior design schools in California. There are 48 interior design schools in California if you are interested in pursuing credentials in the field of interior design. Yearly tuition at interior design schools in California for a degree in interior design is $5,544 per year.

The largest interior design school in California, by student population is FIDM/Fashion Institute of Design Merchandising-Los Angeles. It is located in Los Angeles. Approximately 114 students graduated with a interior design degree from FIDM/Fashion Institute of Design Merchandising-Los Angeles in 2009, which is 11% of the total state interior design graduates for that year. In 2009, tuition at FIDM/Fashion Institute of Design Merchandising-Los Angeles, was approximately $25,536 per year.

Interior Design Salaries and Career Outlook in California

Interior Designer is the most popular career choice for those who graduate with credentials in interior design. If you are planning on working in the state after graduation, you should know that the job outlook for interior designers in California is good. In California, there are currently about 8,500 interior designers. This number is projected to increase to 9,700 by the year 2018. This indicates a 14% change in the number of interior designers in California.

As an interior designer in California you can expect to earn anywhere from less than $32,604 per year to more than $85,393 per year. Interior Designers in California earn a median yearly salary of $52,118.

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Interior Design Schools in California

Interior Design Schools in California

Each year, an average of 1,084 students graduate from interior design schools in California. There are 48 interior design schools in California if you are interested in pursuing credentials in the field of interior design. Yearly tuition at interior design schools in California for a degree in interior design is $5,544 per year.

The largest interior design school in California, by student population is FIDM/Fashion Institute of Design Merchandising-Los Angeles. It is located in Los Angeles. Approximately 114 students graduated with a interior design degree from FIDM/Fashion Institute of Design Merchandising-Los Angeles in 2009, which is 11% of the total state interior design graduates for that year. In 2009, tuition at FIDM/Fashion Institute of Design Merchandising-Los Angeles, was approximately $25,536 per year.

Interior Design Salaries and Career Outlook in California

Interior Designer is the most popular career choice for those who graduate with credentials in interior design. If you are planning on working in the state after graduation, you should know that the job outlook for interior designers in California is good. In California, there are currently about 8,500 interior designers. This number is projected to increase to 9,700 by the year 2018. This indicates a 14% change in the number of interior designers in California.

As an interior designer in California you can expect to earn anywhere from less than $32,604 per year to more than $85,393 per year. Interior Designers in California earn a median yearly salary of $52,118.

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Interior Design for iPad

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Note – for a more professional interior design app, please check out our other app, TapGlance.
Check out videos and renders of TapGlance at www.tapglance.com
Direct link to the app – https://itunes.apple.com/app/tapglance/id942725583

Picked for Top 50 Must Have iPad Apps by TIME Magazine!

Interior Design for iPad by Black Mana Studios is the #1 best-selling lifestyle app in the US, UK, Canada and 14 other countries!

Interior Design for iPad is a user-friendly app that gives you the power to take on any interior design project or create any floorplan quickly and easily. With little to no learning curve, you could be designing your new interior in as little as 5 minutes.

Go from drawing your floor plans in 2D to walking through them in vivid, stunning 3D. You can drag and drop objects within your layout and remove walls, alter the shape of rooms, or add onto your layout as simply as tapping the screen. With over 3300 objects and materials included in the app for free, you can customize every surface or piece of furniture in your layout, even installing wood floors by choosing from a selection of real wood grains.

Interior Design for iPad is one of the only mobile apps in the world that supports render, giving you the ability to create an amazing 3D image of your design including shadows and other special effects. The render feature is available on iPad 2 and above.

Once you’ve completed your layout, you can share it with friends, family, or colleagues by exporting it to email, photo album, Dropbox, or your favorite social networking sites.

* See the app in action at www.interior-design-ipad.com

Features and Highlights:

* Drag and Drop of materials in 3D – It’s easy to see how your home would look with new floors added or a wall taken out. You can drag and drop walls, floors, and other materials in real time and instantly see a 3D image of the changes in your layout.

* Built in rendering gives an amazing, lifelike image (iPad 2 and above) – Interior Design for iPad is the world’s first interior design app (yes, world’s first) with built-in rendering capabilities to make the final image more vivid and realistic. The app includes shadows and other effects to render an amazing image in just minutes, and does it without sacrificing user-friendlessness or performance. You can visit our website to check out some of the designs created and rendered at www.interior-design-ipad.com.

* Drag and drop windows and doors – Drag your windows and doors around your 2D layout to find the perfect position for them.

* Walkthrough/Dollhouse mode in 3D – Take a first hand tour of your layout in walkthrough/dollhouse mode, all in stunning, real-time 3D. You can change the height of the camera to explore every angle in your layout. Use gestures or joystick to move through it.

* Over 50 real wooden floors – While other Interior Design apps will only let you add fake, computerized wood textures, Interior Design for iPad has over 50 wooden floors that are a meticulous photograph of the exact type of wood floor they portray. Not only can you see how your floors will really look, you can use the wood textures to create your own wooden objects or replace any existing wood texture.

* Rooms with Unique Shapes – If the layout you’re creating has unique corners or room features, Interior Design for iPad will help you create the layout precisely no matter how sharp the corners. You can move any wall to the exact position you need.

* Undo/Redo – Whether you are working in Layout, Interior, or 3D mode, you can undo or redo your last actions on your current screen with a simple tap of your finger.

* Stunning real-time 3D – Take a walk through your layout and explore your design in stunning, real-time 3D. Your tour will include amazing furnishings, high quality materials, and perfect lighting to give you a real-life view of your layout.

What’s New in Version 1.2.4

Solved a bug involving changing plan dimensions system on iOS 8.

Disappointed and now poor ):

I’m using this for fun, and the features they have for interior design are just okay. No decent marble options and there isn’t even any granite.

BUT, here is the major problem; It is EXTREMELY difficult to move around, and everything is CRAZY sensitive. you have to be in the room in order to edit the things inside of it and in order to move something all you have to do is tap it, but in order for you to keep it there you have to tap it again to lock it, so you most likely will wonder where your stove went and then later find it in the pond.
they also give you no option to put the walls down and you can only turn around if you are zoomed out. So basically you’re using half of your energy to not screw up. it’s a one step forward and two steps back app. Thought It was just frozen when I was trying to put chairs in my kitchen but the real reason it wasn’t showing up was because I was technically outside so 23 dining chairs ended up in my backyard.

Just not a functional app and I wanted to rip my hair out. I could go on and on about it but I will go cray, so buy it if you want to go insane but otherwise just wait until they make it somewhat decent.
I wish I had the 8 bucks back because I really need a drink now

Number one idea

by Cub and great

Well I thought about an idea: 1.you should have ground to make gardens and have more objects for outdoors 2.they should have short stairs that should lead to other room and outside of the house 3.you should have a lot more kitchen and dining room objects 4.you should more bedroom stuff and more windows 5.you should be able to make mansions 6.you should have 300 luxury bedroom,bathroom,dining room,living room etc stuff well that’s it please make it on my August 14tg bye☺️☺️☺️☺️

Awesome app, but.

I love this app! I want to be an architect when I grow up and this app is great for that. My dad’s a carpenter and he likes this app as well.

But, there are some major glitches. For instance, sometimes whole sections of the floor are cut out, the wall over doors will turn gray and wobbly (sorry, it’s hard to describe), and I was just playing it a few minutes ago and a big black pixelated sort of triangular block split the whole building apart. It’s extremely frustrating, so please do your best to fix those glitches up. Thanks for creating this app!

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#hamptons style interior design

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Decorating your home to incorporate classic Hamptons Beach style is easier than you think – and can also be kind on your wallet! This classic decorating style never goes out of fashion. If you invest in a few key pieces of furniture in neutral shades, you can change up your look through the seasons with current accessories. I personally cannot get enough of this look – it is everything that The Hamptons House style is all about!

Hamptons Beach style comes from the Hamptons region of Long Island in New York – a popular destination among the affluent. It embodies the best of classic decorating with rustic influences. Think of the gorgeous home featured in the film Somethings Gotta Give with Diane Keaton. If you haven t seen this film I highly recommend it (for the house alone!)

If you are wanting to inject some of this classic decorating style into your home, we have some easy tips that you can follow.

Use Light Colors
If you re looking for a classic Hamptons beach style feel, start with color. The idea is to keep things light, breezy and natural. Choose rustic wood flooring that has a sun-bleached look. Stick with white or neutral colored walls. Linen upholstery looks natural and casual, perfect for relaxing after a day in the sun. If you like the look of wicker, choose high-end pieces that don t feel cheap and tacky – white wicker looks especially chic in Hamptons Beach inspired homes.

Create a Style Balance
Interior designer, John Barman, suggests balancing contemporary styles with rustic touches like barn wood elements, original hardware and bead board walls. Using all rustic elements would make the space seem dated and overwhelmingly antique. If all contemporary touches were used, the house wouldn t feel like it was at the beach. Combining these styles is what makes everything come together. It is all about achieving that ideal mix of clean and contemporary pieces with rustic, imperfect touches.

Get Creative with Vintage Finds
Furniture that is interesting and unique doesn t need to cost a fortune! Become an expert at scouring local garage sales, discount furniture stores and local charity shops for distinctive pieces that embody the style you are after. Often these pieces are still in fairly good condition – all that you need to do is give the piece a little TLC to bring it back to life. Sand back your piece, re-paint it in a gorgeous white or duck egg blue and change fixtures such as handles by sourcing these from your local hardware store such as Bunnings. Schots Home Emporium has great antique inspired fixtures also! Thinking about re-upholstering those dining room chairs? DIY the job and save by getting a staple gun, some quality linen at your nearest Spotlight or Lincraft store in a French toil pattern or beach stripe pattern and fix the material to your dining room chairs for a quick and pocket friendly boost to your room!

Incorporate Natural Elements
Bring the outdoors inside by including plenty of living things into the d cor of your home. The most important and easiest way to do this is by using plants and shells for decorating. Inexpensive and always beautiful, live plants mimic the lush plant life of the beach and add some color to the d cor. Live plants also purify the air, making your home fresher. Items like driftwood, seashells and sun-bleached sand dollars are great ways to incorporate elements of nature. Display them in clear glass jars and as table centerpieces.

Natural Light
Light is one of the greatest decorating elements available. Huge windows that let sunlight wash into the rooms are a great investment. All the light colors can look drab without the sun illuminating them. Consider installing a skylight for more light exposure.

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#garage interior design ideas

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Home Makeover Part 8: Annie Selke’s Garage

Hanging Storage

Gladiator GarageWorks ‘s GearTrack Channels turn a wall into an opportunity. “It almost makes you want to rake, just so you can have the pleasure of putting it back in its proper place,” Selke says.

“When you walk through the space, ask yourself, ‘What do I need here? And how can I store it so it requires the least amount of effort to put it back?’ Because that’s where it falls apart. If it’s a hassle, you’re not going to do it.”

Tall Cabinets

Tall cabinets use all available space, taking advantage of the high ceilings.

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Portable Storage

Wheeled cabinets are easily tucked away and then rolled out when needed.

Organized Drawer

Slim drawers are the perfect size to neatly store odds and ends.

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Gear Tracks

Gear track hooks make you want to put your tools away!

Hanging Basket

Garden supplies are neatly stored, no matter what season it is.

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#interior design ideas for hallways

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A reader recently asked me what she could do her long, narrow hallway.

That quickly brought back memories of the home we owned when my babies were little. It was a ranch style home built in the late ‘50s — you know, the style where the living spaces were at one end of the house and the bedrooms and baths were located on the other end of a long hallway taking you you to the other side of the house.

As someone who’s obsessive over design, I vividly remember that hallway driving me nuts because it was so claustrophobic. As a mother, I couldn’t stand how my elbows would brush up against the side walls when I carried my babies through it. Sure, I sometimes had the impulse to hang things on the side-walls, but I felt doing so would just make the long, narrow hallway seem even tighter and more confining.

If you have at least a 4’ wide hallway.

Putting up art and family photos might be the perfect solution, dispelling the boring nature of that space. (See example.)

However, if your hallway is especially tight, like mine was (3′ plus a few inches wide).

Create the focus at the end of the hallway.

Celebrate that length and the unique feature that a long, narrow space gives you. Maybe it’s not the best place for art and/or family photos, where one might normally want to stop and look at the images there. I think walls of photos or art are best in a place where you can step back a bit and view them.

Your long hallway: Accentuate it. Call attention to it. Make it special and beautiful. Direct the interest to the end of the hallway, not the sides. Here are 7 ways to do just that:

  1. Put a mirror down at the end to extend the hallway even more and possibly reflect some light down there.
  2. Paint that end wall a contrasting accent color so that it provides a stopping point.
  3. Add some artwork or graphic pattern at the end to make a statement.
  4. Lay a long runner on the floor that draws your eye to the end.
  5. Create wall finishes that run the entire length of the hallway.
  6. Paint or do some kind of ceiling treatment that works like the long runner, drawing your eye down to the end.
  7. Repeat some special light fixtures that progress down the hall.

Don’t chop it up or add even more on to the side walls coming in on you by creating interest there. Instead, direct the focus to the end.

Celebrate the unique vibe your hallway provides. Make it beckon and call you to investigate beyond. Make it pull you in and through where you won’t notice that narrow, claustrophobic feeling. You’ll be so focused on what is happening at the end, what might be around the corner, that you won’t notice the side walls.

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