New Year’s has popped and fizzled, you’ve made your resolutions, and you’re looking forward to a fresh start. Why not freshen up your digs? The New Year is a fantastic time to rearrange your living space. Some people love creating a new look for their home. Simply rearranging furniture, painting a wall, adding a few pictures, maybe a vintage wall map, or an edgy lamp, can make a room come alive.
You know who doesn’t like getting a fresh look? The person doing all the furniture arranging—and rearranging. Save the trouble of pushing couches, knocking over desk globes, hanging pictures and then taking them down again, and most of all, the sore muscles. Here are a few free online tools you can use to give your home a new look in the New Year.
Ikea, that icon of home furnishing, will help you plan your room and then fill it. Its Kitchen Planner interior design planning tool allows you to recreate the exact measures of the room you want to plan. Then you can choose your furniture from a catalog of products. The site features drag and drop function to make it easy to arrange and rearrange items in your virtual room. It also aids in calculating the cost of designing your house.
If you’re not sure where to start, find inspiration at Houzz. Browse 5 million photos that should fire up your creative side. Then put a plan into action. The Houzz app has a listing of more than 2 million professionals that can handle some of the more major renovations you may want, and you can even shop for products to fill your home.
This open source software allows you to draw your house layout from scratch. Recreate your home’s layout by drawing rooms and adding walls. Insert a door here and a few windows there. Then place your furniture where you’d like. When you’re satisfied with the look you can then view your results in 3D.
Better Homes & Gardens has always been a source of inspiration for home design, and with the Arrange-a-Room software you can conveniently try out different looks. Select a room shape that matches yours, then get creative. Add furniture and choose coordinating colors. The software is easy to use, and once you find your look you can even save it to access it later.
With more than 7,000 furnishing objects and hundreds of flooring and wall materials, 3Dream offers hundreds of ways to envision your dream room. It also provides several ways for you to view the room. There’s a tool to rotate the room and see it in four different views. You can even take a snapshot and print it for later use.
Plan Your Room is a simple and easy-to-use tool for planning your interior design. There are limited choices of furniture and color, but on the plus side you don’t have to register for the site. Just visit the site, and you can immediately get started creating your new look.