Whoever thought that a profession that started as far back as over 100 years ago, which had its best of hands with no academic credentials, but the best of them had a combination of good taste, common sense, and natural talent to interpret and address the issues will evolve rapidly into today’s world of highly specialized areas of interior design that require years of study and experience

Interior design is not just about finding creative design solutions for interior environments but supporting the health, safety and wellbeing of occupants and enhancing their quality of life. It encompasses the conceptual planning, aesthetic and technical solutions applied to achieve the desired result.

In this article, a couple of software have been put together to aid learning interior design

Space Designer 3D:

This is the most popular of all the interior design software tools.  If you’re looking to draw the floor plan of your dream house easily with minimal experience, then another ideal option would be to go all the way with Space Designer 3D. This software has the capability to help you draw your floor plan in 2D, and visualize the result in 3D.  You can also add notes and dimensions to create professional floor plans to showcase your home or office.

Space Designer 3D is a web application and works online, so you can access your floor plans anywhere.


Which was formerly known as Google SketchUp while it was under the ownership of Google from 2006 to 2012, this popular 3D modeling computer program is one of the most basic interior design software tool to begin with.

It is known for its easy to learn and use interface, SketchUp is available in two versions, SketchUp Make (freeware version) and SketchUp Pro (paid version). SketchUp comes with an online open source library of free model assemblies called 3D Warehouse and supports third party plugins to improve the functionality of the software. However, considering its basic nature, interior designers often face difficulty in modeling complex surfaces and visualizing complex 3D models using SketchUp.

CAD software:

CAD has become an essential part of Interior Design business. If several decades ago it was impossible to imagine an Interior Designer who cannot draw, today it becomes a reality: more and more Interior Design students do all renderings by means of CAD software

A knowledge of CAD skills is so important that it has become a requisite for job vacancies, and even to get an Internship in companies. CAD is necessary to learn nowadays to stay competitive on the market

Live Interior 3D

This is a wonderful Interior Design App for professionals created by Belight Software, which is very easy to learn and can be a great alternative to expensive CAD software.

Watching an introductory tutorial available on the developer’s website will aid in making full use of this app.

Two versions have been made available which are basic and Pro, pro has been recommend to enjoy extensive feature such as the ability to design unlimited number of stories, niches and wall cutouts, export images in high resolution, add a light source to any object and advanced material editor.

3D Homeplanner

This is an online software developed by dimlights that helps to create a floor plan and furniture layout easily and quickly. It also has a 3D preview mode which allows to visualize how suggested layout works.

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