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The 5 Best Interior Design Software Programs

Interior Designer Julian Brand brings you the 5 best interior design software programs if you’re getting into the field or just want to try it out.

By Julian BrandPublished 3 years ago 4 min read

Who Is Julian Brand?

Julian Brand is an interior designer from Orlando, Florida who completed his interior designing course at Florida State University in 2015. Being in the field for around 5 years, he has made quite a name for himself. He loves his work and has worked for many actors as well.

Getting into interior designing can prove to be a challenging task. Many people struggle with choosing the best way to do it and learning the ins & outs of it just like me. However, I say this with my experience that if you just go for it and start today, nothing will be able to stop you in your quest of becoming an interior designer. Nowadays, interior design programs are an integral part of the industry and they make our jobs a lot easier.

Also, interior design software programs are not necessarily just for people in the interior designing field. If you don’t wish to pursue the field and just feel like designing a room or a house, you can use any interior design software programs that are available for free (there are many). I’ve been in the field for around 5 years and have played around and experimented with a plethora of software programs. So, I wanted to share the 5 best ones with people who want to get the hang of interior designing or just wanna create an idea of their own designs.

Here are the 5 best Interior Design Software Programs: (Free) is a website that allows you to create your own 3D designs of houses with different floors and colors, all online. Everything happens on the website itself and you can even take snapshots and printouts. You’ll be able to create your own designs with a lot of options for free. This website is best for people who want to get a hang of the field or just have something in mind for their dream house. The only issue is that it’s a bit laggy because it’s only available online, so, the speed and fluidity highly depend on your internet connection.

AutoDesk’s HomeStyler (Free)

If you’ve ever felt like changing your kitchen countertop or any other part of your home and just want to see how it’ll look before making a big decision, this is the software for you. You’ll be able to choose from a plethora of options and create the house of your dreams. The only drawback of this software is that you can only use it while you have an internet connection. Other than that, it has a lot of options, works smoothly, and best of all, it’s free.

Interior Design For iPad (Free)

Interior Design for iPad, as the name suggests, is a free (I know… such an app for free… on the Apple App Store… shocking!) interior design application for iPad. It lets you create 3D models of rooms and it’s very easy to use. The application is perfect for people who just want to have fun or interior designers who just want to get an idea of their final design on the go. The only drawbacks of this application are that resizing is a little confusing and it has a limited inventory. Other than that, it’s great for everyone who wants to get a feel of the field.

Sketchup ($299.00)

First of all, the name makes me crave fries… alright, now that that’s out of the way, it’s an interior design software program built for professionals. It costs $299.00 and should only be used if you want to take the profession seriously. This is the first software program that I used and it did wonders for me to get a hang of the industry as I created over 100 dummy designs with it and improved with every single design. Even if you’re already in the field, I’d recommend you to give it a try as the software is intuitive with 3D visualizations and builds models fast.

Minutes Matter ($497.00)

Minutes Matter is a program that does complete justice to its name. It enables you to drag and drop images to create a brief 2D model of a room or a house in a matter of minutes. You can even transfer your own photos and literally create a picturization of your dream house. The only two drawbacks of this one are that you’ll have to create 3D models separately and it’s a little… or according to me… a lot overpriced. So, I’d only recommend it for the people who are professionals in the field and just want to create a quick picture of the project.


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Julian Brand

Julian Brand is an interior designer from LA (The City of actors) who completed his interior designing course at Florida State University in 2015. Being in the field for around 5 years, he has made quite a name for himself. Know More

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  • Milania Greendevald5 months ago

    When you put all your energy into renovating a house, you always worry that everything will turn out exactly as it was intended. It's great that now, before starting repairs, you can visualize everything using a program like this . The 3D graphics are mesmerizing. The resulting interior looks very realistic. You can even recreate the interior of an apartment or garden

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