15 Best Software for Interior Design
A nicely decorated room.(Photo: File)

Software to design interior is a computer program that helps interior designers to create floor plans, visualize spaces in 3D, and to sketch various features of rooms.

It enables the designers to visualize spaces virtually ahead of construction.

In fact, most software for designing interiors is capable of transforming the look and feel of a room with virtual furniture, texture, lighting systems, and color.

Software to design interior

With so many options available online, choosing the right interior designing software can be quite difficult especially for those doing it for the first time.

To help you make the right choice, here is a compilation of 15 best interior design software in the market today, with the pros and cons of each option.

The table below outlines 15 best software for interior designing.

Software Price  Free Trial
Planner 5D $9.99/month Yes
AutoCAD $220/month Yes
Foyr Neo $49/month Yes
SmartDraw $9.95/month Yes
Revit $335/month Yes
Maya $215/month Yes
SketchUp $119/year    Yes
Homestyler $29.9/month Yes
Roomsketcher $49/month Yes
Ikea Home Planner Free Yes
3Ds Max $215/month Yes
HomeByMe $19.47/month Yes
RoomStyler Free Yes
Houzz Pro $65/month  Yes
Blender $11.18/month Yes

1. Planner 5D

This is a pretty easy-to-use home design software that allows you to create 3D floor plans without requiring any professional skills.

Planner 5D is quite interesting in that it merges a basic interface with groundbreaking technologies such as Artificial Intelligence (AI), Virtual Reality (VR), and Augmented Reality (AR) to create fabulous designs.

This software helps users to design homes, move items, change the interiors, pick new furniture and even to purchase houses.

Pricing: $0.00 – but you need to pay for more renders.

2. AutoCAD

Designed and sold by Autodesk Inc., AutoCAD is one of the most popular software for interior design – and one of the pioneer CAD systems for computers.

The app is tailored for 2D, 3D, and computer-aided design (CAD) programming.

Pricing: $210/month; $1,690/year.

3. Foyr Neo

Foyr Neo is an interior designing software with a pre-built collection of over 50,000 pre-modeled products that save users the task of designing from scratch.  

The software comes with incredibly easy-to-use rendering controls and AI-assisted features that allow users to design a house within a very short a time.

With Foyr Neo, you can get the best lighting for your render and make brilliant photorealistic 3D renders in a jiffy.

Pricing: $49/month (basic); $140/month (pro).

4. SmartDraw

SmartDraw is one of the best software for interior designing with the ability to create more than 70 types of visuals, graphs, flowcharts, and schematics.

The software offers customizable design templates with a wide range of products – countertops, cabinetry, fixtures, and décor – to allow customization of plans.

SmartDraw has an import image tool that allows importation of images for use in the course of design work. 

Pricing: $9.95/month (Individual); $5.95/month (Team – at least five users); $2,995/year (Site). All plans are billed annually.

5. Revit

Millions of designers use the Revit software to design interiors of all kinds of spaces – from living rooms, kitchens, bathrooms, offices, etc.

The building information modeling (BIM) software can be used across various fields among them architecture, engineering, interior design, and landscaping.

Revit is tailored to capture a user’s design vision in 3D and generate model-based house designs and documentation; automatically update floor plans, sections, elevations, and 3D views; and to visualize the final structure in 3D.

It allows collaboration across multi-disciplinary project teams.

Pricing: $335/month; $2,675/year.

6. Maya

Also designed and sold by Autodesk Inc., Maya is a popular software for design interior projects that require 3D visualization models and detailed virtual tours.

This interior design software offers great 3D rendering, simulations, and lots of specialized design tools for high-quality photorealistic space planning model.

Pricing: $215/month.

7. Sketchup

Many users opt for the SketchUp software to design interior spaces since the program allows them the opportunity to create amazing designs from scratch.

The software comes with a 3D warehouse that is full of kitchen designs – made by fellow users – which can be edited to create a customized design. 

Pricing: $0.00 (SketchUp Free); $119/year (Basic); $299/year (Pro Work); $699/year (Advanced Workflows).

8. Homestyler

Homestyler is a free online 3D software for interior designing with a very low learning curve that makes it quite popular among DIY designers.

The software is quite easy to use as all you need to do is drag and drop the available spaces and add more spaces to expand the design of the house.

RELATED: 21 Free (and Paid) Software for Designing Stylish Kitchens

Although it can be used for general home design work, Homestyler is more suitable for designing bathrooms and kitchens as it has specific features for that.

Pricing: $0.00 (Basic); from $4.90/month (Pro); from $9.90/month (Master). Team license can also be obtained from the developer.

9. RoomSketcher

RoomSketcher allows designers to create kitchen floors plans and layout with relative efficiency and ease. The software allows you to design using a variety of textures and finishes, and then view the designs in 2D or 3D view.

Once you are satisfied with your design, the software allows you to create high-quality 3D images of your design for sharing with your clients or friends.

Pricing: $49/month

10. Ikea Home Planner

The Ikea Home Planner is a useful interior designing software that allows you to pick your favorite room, customize it, and add furniture from Ikea in real-time.

The software also displays the prices of each piece of added furniture to help you estimate the total cost of your remodel or interior design project.

Pricing: $0.00

11. 3Ds Max

3Ds Max is an interior designing software that delivers outstanding graphics for 3D animations and models as well as images and games.

It allows you to define unusual environments and items, and to create spectacular visualizations, charming worlds and exciting virtual experiences.

Pricing: $215/month.

12. HomeByMe

Beginners often use the HomeByMe software to design interior for their houses thanks to its easy-to-use interface that delivers accurate renderings of designs.

This software can create 5 projects and photorealistic 3D renderings at no cost, after which you need to pick a paid plan to continue using the software.

Pricing: $35.39/month.

13. RoomStyler

Also great for beginners, RoomStyler 3D home planner allows you to upload various floor plans and customize them to your liking for real-time space planning.

The use of this software does not require any prior experience, which makes it a great choice for those looking to implement their first interior design project.

RoomStyler 3D home planner is, however, not a good choice for professionals since its 3D modeling is quite basic compared to other interior design software.

Pricing: $0.00

14. Houzz Pro

Houzz Pro is one of the best software for interior design. It offers powerful design tools with options of tracking your design contracts and their progress.   

The software also comes with an online payment option that facilitates the prompt collection of payments from clients.

Houzz Pro is easy and powerful but expensive to acquire all the features.

Pricing: From $65/month to $399/year

15. Blender

Blender is a great software for interior designing with 3D renderings, photorealistic animations, simulations, etc.

It allows you to view all your design ideas with some bit of effect.

Blender is suitable for cash strapped designers and beginners whose interior designs needs are not too complex or technical.

Pricing: $0.00; $11.18/month for additional features.