Virtual home design apps and home planner tools. Photo: Elle Decor


Available on App Store

If you’d like to buy or sell high-quality, preowned decor, Chairish is a one-stop-shop. Sellers can upload photos of furniture via the app, and then Chairish’s curators decide which items to sell. The company takes care of payment, shipping, and returns for most sales, as cited by Architectural Digest.

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Listing items is free, and the seller keeps 80 percent of the final sale. Buyers can look forward to finds from Knoll, Herman Miller, Christian Liaigre, Ligne Roset, and B&B Italia, among other brands.

The San Francisco– based high-end home décor marketplace, has raised $33 million in a Series B funding round led by Austin, Texas-based investment firm Tritium Partners.

“The home is playing a dramatically larger role in our lives and ,Chairish’s growth metrics reflect this growing importance,” said Gregg Brockway, CEO and co-founder. “Over the past year, Chairish’s gross revenue has more than doubled. The Tritium investment helps us take advantage of this unique market opportunity and build upon our record growth by further empowering high-end sellers and design lovers to connect online.”

Brockway said that, with the new funding, Chairish will grow its team, expand specialized services for sellers and buyers, particularly interior designers and explore more strategic acquisitions, based on the success of its 2019 acquisition of online trade marketplace Dering Hall.

Rating: 4.9 stars on the App Store

Planner 5D

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Available on the App Store and Google Play

Planner 5D bills itself as the most extensive free room design app on the market. Easily design rooms down to the smallest architectural details, including windows, stairs, and partitions. Don’t stop at interiors; it also lets you do landscaping and pools — all with stunning 3D graphics.

You can also get inspiration from their gallery. Explore new and trendy designs created by other virtual room designers.

Design Your Dream Home

Easily create stunning 2D and 3D views of your dream home on your computer or tablet. Be your own interior designer as you design floor plans, select furniture and view your project from various angles and elevation levels. Arrange, edit and apply custom surfaces and materials. Start with one room and expand to an entire home!

Realistic HD Pictures

Enhance your 3D virtual home design process by creating realistic HD pictures of your design. Planner 5D allows you to transform your 3D project into a collection of HD pictures. The rendering enhances the original 3D image to display rich colors, realistic shadows and lighting features. Easily create a vivid HD picture of your home design with Planner 5D!

Rating: 4.3 stars on both the App Store and the Google Play Store.


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Available on the App Store and Google Play.

SketchUp is the most comprehensive free 3D design software you’ll find on the web, says Cory. This powerful home design tool is immersive enough to make it seem like you are moving through your future home while being flexible enough to make it feel as if you’re working with pen and paper, House Beautiful cites.

The free version is perfect for hobbyists, while the pro version is more suited to professionals in architecture, construction, engineering, and commercial interior design.

Whether you’re building an extension for your home, a treehouse, or conceptualizing your debut on Grand Designs, the thoroughness of this software will help you bring every aspect of your design to life.

Rating: 4.4 stars on App Store and 3.3 stars on Google Play Store.


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Available on the App Store

Use this outstanding room design app to upload your own floor plan or play around with preloaded room layouts. The Roomstyler 3D Home Planner allows you to insert walls, doors, and windows and select from a gallery of interior finishes.

The interface is relatively simple to use and allows you to view your plan and 3D image at the same time. You can move the camera around the plan to see different views and choose from more than 120,000 brand-name items to insert into your model, which includes anything from small kitchen appliances to garden tools.

If you love the decor you put into your rendered model, click the “Available for purchase” button to find out the price and purchasing options. You can use the software for free without joining. But if you join, you can upload your model to Facebook for your friends to see.

The drag and drop design of Roomstyler is user-friendly and fun. There are various room shapes and wall and flooring options, but you can also draw your own walls to modify the design to reflect your space. Add doors, windows, and architectural items before adding paint, wallpaper, stone, or tile to the walls. To furnish the space, browse by room or search for specific items in their catalog. When you’ve placed all your items, switch to the 3D view and save it in photo quality for future reference.

Rating: 3.5 stars on the App Store.


Dacaso and luxury home. Photo: Pinterest

Available for iOS; free

A newer venture from the cofounder of Chairish, Decaso offers high-end furniture and decor from vetted dealers. Expect to see top-notch items from such respected names as Studio Van den Akker and Fat Chance Los Angeles.

Rating: 4.9 on App Store


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Available on the App Store and Google Play.

Autodesk, the creator of AutoCAD, REVIT, and 3ds Studio Max, is well-known for its professional design programs. It also created the Homestyler room design app, which they sold to Easyhome in 2017.

This user-friendly program doesn’t require formal training like the other professional programs the company offers. Simple drag-and-drop functions allow you to create your own designs and dream up floor plans. Homestyler’s 3D floor planner and 3D room designer tools are perfect for an amateur virtual room designer, as cited by My Move

The furnish and decorate tool allows you to choose cabinetry, appliances, furniture, and nearly every decor item you can think of. Then personalize your space with area rugs and finish items by several manufacturers. Once your design is complete, you can print it out.

Rating: 4.5 stars on the App Store and 3.9 stars on the Google Play Store.

Carpetright Visualizer

Top 8 Best and Easy-to-use Virtual Home Design Apps & Home Planner Tools

The Carpetright Visualizer isn’t just for carpets–it’s an all-inclusive flooring visualizer. You can select from various example rooms in their app or upload a photo of your actual living space. The visualizer automatically detects the floor in your photo, then allows you to add and switch between possible rug, carpet, or flooring selections. Choose from carpet, rugs, laminate, vinyl tiles, vinyl, and wood flooring, then save the image as a PDF for your reference, according to WTRF.


Top 8 Best and Easy-to-use Virtual Home Design Apps & Home Planner Tools

Lauded by numerous home and design magazines, Color911 is the ultimate color palette app. Use it to discover designer-created color palettes and build a library of colors you want to incorporate into the various areas of your home. You can create new palettes or edit existing palettes or colors and save, share, or take notes for all your home projects.


Top 8 Best and Easy-to-use Virtual Home Design Apps & Home Planner Tools

Havenly is a customized interior design service through a web app. This app links you with a real-life interior designer who helps you create a room design tailored to your style and budget. They build the initial design plan from your selections and preferences from dozens of example photos. Then, you work collaboratively to refine the design into something you love. When everything is just right, you can order the design items directly from Havenly, and they have them shipped to you!

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