Pros / It has a vast collection of sample plans and designs for inspiration.
Cons / It doesn’t have technical tools.
Verdict / Total 3D Home, Landscape & Deck Premium isn’t the easiest interior design program to figure out, but it has the features you need for most remodeling projects.
Total 3D Home, Landscape & Deck Premium can help you visualize your updated home before you commit to any drastic changes. This interior design software earned a C+ in our usability tests because it has a bit of a learning curve, though it includes some useful tools to help you familiarize yourself with the program. Even so, the interface and tools take getting used to. If you want something easier to learn to use, consider our top pick, Virtual Architect Ultimate.
This application is a good option if you want to keep most of the existing furnishings in your home. It allows you to import pictures of your favorite pieces, a chair for instance, and place them in your digital design.
Total 3D Home, Landscape & Deck comes with a huge selection of predesigned templates you can use for inspiration. After you choose a template, you can update its various elements. For example, you can import pictures of furniture or create rooms from scratch. As you create plans in the Design Plan view, everything adjusts evenly, whether you increase the size of the room or move a wall to create a little more space. The templates are also a great way to generate ideas of ways to remodel your home.
The color board tool can help you stay organized and maintain visual continuity throughout your home design. It allows you to make a digital color collection and apply the colors and textures anywhere you want in your design.
This software isn’t much help in designing the more technical aspects of your remodel. For example, you can’t use it to plan adjustments to your heating, air conditioning, electrical and plumbing systems. Ultimately, if you're focused on changing wall, floor and other coverings, Total 3D Home, Landscape & Deck is a good option. If you have more elaborate plans, it’s best to look elsewhere.