12 Best Interior Home Design And Room Decorating Apps In 2022
Morgan McBride4 minute read
April 20, 2022
Whether you’re redecorating your living room, furnishing your first home or planning a kitchen redesign that’s long overdue, you can minimize the guesswork of your next interior design project with the help of a home design app. Sometimes it can be difficult to envision how your space could look when observing with just your two eyes and software can make it easier to comprehend.
Explore our guide to the best user-friendly interior design apps for testing your design ideas on your mobile device or desktop.
Top 12 Apps For Interior Home Design And Room Planning
We’ve researched the best interior design apps and have assembled a list of our top 12 picks for home design apps.
Many of the apps below that are free are owned and run by furniture stores. They cost nothing because they are marketing products for the furniture and decor at that store. These apps are great – because of the free price tag – but they will be limiting you to products available at the store that owns them. If you aren’t planning to shop from that store, it can limit your options.
Some of the apps below allow you to design or build a home from scratch – kind of like “The Sims” back in the day. These can be fun for designing a home in reality or just to play around with if you’re interested in interior design as a hobby.
Finally, there are some apps that can measure your actual room or home and use the technology that already exists in your phone to create a quick and accurate floor plan for your existing space. These apps are great for contractors and designers working in various homes looking to create estimates, quotes, or virtual design plans.
Homestyler is an app that allows you to take a picture of a room and design it. It uses drag and drop functionality to allow you to add 3D furniture and accessories to your space.
Best for: Beginners – software is simple enough for anyone to pick up quickly.
Cost: Free basic plan, upgrade for $4.99 or $9.99 a month for renderings in 4K and to remove the Homestyler watermark.
Pros: Users love that the basic version of this app is free, and that there is a large library of decor options. You can easily switch from 2D to 3D designs and really get a feel for your space. The drag and drop functionality of this app makes it easy for anyone to use.
Cons: Users report the software to have a slight lag and be slow. Additionally, you will have to pay for renderings or upgrade to the unlimited plans.
2. Planner 5D
Planner 5D is a design software that can be used to build houses, buildings, or rooms from the ground up. There is a huge object catalog for furniture and decor to add to your design. Planner 5D can run on your web browser or on a specific app on your phone or tablet.
Best for: Beginners – this software is drag and drop and very easy to use.
Cost: Free, but you have to pay for many of the furniture and decor pieces in the catalog and you have to pay separately for renderings.
Pros: This software is easy to use and can help design anything from a simple room to a huge building. Users love that it can be used on the app or on the web.
Cons: The cost can add up quickly if you want to add a lot of furniture or add-ons to your space. Some users complain that the program is a data hog and can slow down your computer when in use.
Popular home design site Houzz has a Home Design App for your phone or tablet. This app is mainly an inspiration board, where you can collect images of projects or homes that you like in one place. The app will also suggest products and connect you to purchase them right there.
Best for: Beginners and homeowners looking for inspiration.
Pros: If you are looking for a Pinterest alternative, this could be a good fit.
Cons: There aren’t the design capabilities that some of these other apps have – it’s just for gathering inspiration.
4. IKEA Place
IKEA stores have developed their own app to let you try on IKEA furniture or cabinets in your home. Take a photo of your room and the app will use augmented reality to insert the IKEA items into the image.
Best for: Beginners and homeowners looking to shop at IKEA.
Pros: If you know you want to shop at IKEA, this is a great way to try on their furnishings in your space and get a feel for how they would look next to the items you already have.
Cons: Obviously, this app was designed by IKEA, so you can only pull in IKEA furniture. If you aren’t shopping at IKEA, or buying second-hand IKEA pieces, it won’t do you much good.
5. IKEA Home Planner
IKEA home planner is IKEA’s web browser-only (no app) home design solution. While the IKEA Place app allows you to place furniture in a photo of your room, IKEA Home Planner allows you to build detailed renderings of rooms and homes from the floor up.
Best for: Homeowners who want to shop at IKEA.
Pros: This software is great for designing a 3D floor plan of a room, but is especially loved for its kitchen cabinet design system. You can easily figure out exactly what pieces you need to put together to design the perfect kitchen.
Cons: This software is web browser only, there is no phone app. Also, it is once again limited to IKEA furniture so if you don’t plan to shop there, it’s not great.
Magicplan is an app that converts a photo into a floor plan – no measuring required.
Best for: Contractors or professionals.
Cost: The app is free to try, but to run a report or print a plan you will need to sign up for a monthly subscription. Plans run from $9.99 to $89.99 a month, depending on the exact features needed.
Pros: It’s easy for contractors on the job to use a tablet to quickly photo and design a room with additions like doors and windows. You can then quickly create an estimate for the job you are bidding on.
Cons: Some users complain that rooms with lots of furniture can be difficult to scan. Contractors will just need a little training and patience to get it just right. The cost can also be a con, though some claim it pays for itself with the time saving and quick estimates.
Havenly is less of a design app and more of a design service. Get paired with an interior designer who will help you perfectly design a room. Get a custom design and shopping list for your space!
Best for: Homeowners who don’t want to design their own space.
Cost: $79 for a design, $129 for a design with 3D renderings and floor plan.
Pros: You will get access to a designer and get a custom design based on your style preferences and your space.
Cons: This is a pricier service since you are paying someone to do the work for you.
8. Room Planner From Wayfair
Furniture superstore Wayfair has released its own program to design rooms - the Room Planner from Wayfair. This is a 3D visualization tool used to place furniture in a space to get a feel for how it will look. The app also uses AR to allow you to add furniture to an image of a room in your home.
Best for: Homeowners shopping on Wayfair for furniture and decor.
Pros: The software is super easy to use and has a huge library of products to try out. It’s nice to be able to use images of your own home, too.
Cons: The products are limited to Wayfair products, which makes sense because it’s their app. If you are not shopping on Wayfair, it might not be a great fit.
9. Home Design 3D Gold
Home Design 3D is an app that allows you to design floor plans in 2D and 3D. The library includes over 1,500 pieces of furniture and hundreds of textures to incorporate into your space.
Best for: Design enthusiasts looking to experiment.
Cost: There is a free version, but the Gold Plus version with all of the bells and whistles is $19.99.
Pros: This app allows you to build a home from the ground up, with tons of details.
Cons: Many reviewers complain that it is hard to get a room and objects to size precisely and accurately. For that reason, this app seems impractical to those trying to design an actual room and better for people looking to just have some fun designing mockups with no real-world purpose.
10. Amikasa 3D Floorplanner With Augmented Reality
The Amikasa app uses augmented reality to visualize a room design before you even pick up a paintbrush.
Best for: Homeowners looking to design a room in their home.
Pros: Users say that this app is easy to use and has a wonderful easy to use interface.
Cons: Users complain that there are limited decor options and that they are very clearly trying to promote and sell certain brands only.
11. RoomScan Pro
RoomScan Pro is an app that can create a 3D floor plan in an instant. You simply tap your phone to each wall of the room and the app creates a floor plan for you!
Best for: Homeowners planning a room makeover.
Cost: Free to try, $8.49 to access all features.
Pros: Quick and easy to use. A great way to make a floor plan for a real estate listing, or brainstorming home makeovers and furniture layouts.
Cons: Measurements are estimated to be correct within 6 inches. This is fine for homeowners making a rough plan, but not good enough for contractors or architects to rely on!
12. DFS Room Planner
DFS is a furniture store based in the UK. They have a room planner software that is similar to many of the other store-based software. You can use their basic rooms or upload photos of your space to visualize their furniture in your home.
Best for: Homeowners shopping at DFS.
Pros: This is a free and simple online program for designing furniture layouts in your home.
Cons: You are limited to DFS furniture for the room, so if you don’t want their pieces, it might not be a great fit.
The Bottom Line
Whether you’re planning a major renovation or just looking to make a few budget-friendly updates, you can streamline your redesign with the help of a home design app. Many of these choices are great if you know you are going to shop at a specific store, others are best for inspiration and playing around, and some will give you an accurate rendering of your redesign. Make sure you know what you’re looking for when picking the app.
And while you’re waiting for your app to download, check out our guide to the top five home improvement trends for 2022.
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