Pros / You get an object library with thousands of items like furniture, cabinets, plants and more.
Cons / There is a steep learning curve involved before you master the program.
Verdict / Home Designer Interiors is an efficient interior home design application that helps you renovate almost any living space.
This comprehensive home design software can revise your home's floor plan and insert new walls, fixtures, floor materials and decorating colors and textures. Then you can view those digital changes in 3D before you make any drastic actual changes to your actual home.
- Object Library
- Sample Plans
There are thousands of objects in the objects library, and the materials library boasts tens of thousands of items. You can choose from varied appliances, bathroom fixtures, cabinets, doors and fireplaces. This software offers a host of flooring options, light fixtures, railings, windows, furniture and even houseplants. It also offers handicap-accessible materials and objects. This program has the second largest object library among the designers we reviewed, the biggest is found in Virtual Architect Ultimate.
The drag-and-drop feature works only in the 2D mode, but you can update things and alter colors and materials in the 3D view. It works by having you choose an object in the library on the right-hand side of the screen, then clicking the spot in the design where you want the object positioned.
If you want to remodel rather than rebuild, you can scan your home’s existing blueprints and import them into the program. You can create new rooms or additions by removing or adding walls, windows and doors. You can redesign windows and doors and choose moldings and window coverings.
It has automatic floor plan dimensioning and customizable room templates. It also can plan for the more practical elements, including electrical, heating, plumbing and air conditioning.
When you're decorating a room, Home Designer Interiors' pre-arranged furniture groupings can help you better plan the space. You can choose from a variety of furniture styles and add accessories to rooms.
Once you're done with the design process, Home Designer Interiors offers accurate and attractive digital mock-ups in both 2D and 3D. You can even virtually travel around in your plan with the 3D walkthrough features or get the still image you need by specifying the angles from which to view your virtual room. You even have the option to export a VR file and take a virtual reality tour of your home with Google Cardboard and other VR devices.
The interior and exterior lighting recreations make the views even more realistic, because you will be able to see where shadows fall. You can even adjust settings so that mirrors offer accurate reflections and light appears the way it does in your actual home.
If you like the color and texture on an existing piece of furniture or another surface, you can use the eyedropper tool to sample it and then apply it to any other surface you want. You can borrow colors and textures from websites and even blend two different borrowed colors until you have exactly the shade you want before applying it to surfaces in your virtual home.
Planning & Construction
There is a steep learning curve with this software application, and you will need to put in many hours learning how to use it. While you’re learning, you’ll discover that this software works nicely for importing photos of existing rooms in your house. You also get a trace tool that allows you to build the room over the image, then after you delete the image, what remains is a 2D rendition of the room that you can decorate and see in 3D mode.
You can do such things as insert staircases with just a few clicks of the mouse or create curved walls to enhance the appearance of the room you are designing. However, the program does not include exterior furniture for patios, porches and lawns. Since many people regard those areas as outdoor rooms and very much a part of the house, that could be a drawback for some.
Budgeting for your projects is easy with this program’s built-in materials list and cost estimator. You can perform calculations for cabinets, windows, countertops, hardwood and carpet. These materials are available to you during the design process with the built-in objects library. With a list of what you need readily available and realistic estimates of the cost of materials, you'll have a good idea of the finances required for project materials and can stay within your budget.
Help & Support
Chief Architect Home Designer Interiors offers an impressive array of customer support options if you run into difficulties. There is a generous assortment tutorial videos. You also get access to numerous how-to articles to help you get the most from this software and community forums that offer product training, provide tips and show input from other users. In addition, you can get customer support via live chat and by calling the company.
Chief Architect Home Designer Interiors is excellent software for anyone looking to design or redesign any room in their house, and for larger projects. It offers all the features and design tools necessary to design elaborate or simple home décor.