Free online home decorating tools

One of the biggest complaints from DIY decorators is that they can't envision a completed project by looking at a small material sample. Even for experienced decorators, this can be a difficult task. That's why many people use online home decorating tools before painting, installing flooring, adding cabinets, or other small home improvements. The free decorating tools that are available online allow users to see what a finished project will look like before they start, virtually eliminating the guesswork out of choosing colors, textures, fabrics, and other visual elements. We've provided links to 5 of, what we consider to be, the best online tools for home decorating.

Paint

Valspar Virtual Painter - I'm a big advocate of paint. There is no other home improvement that is faster to yield results, or less expensive. Many people are intimidated at choosing a new paint color, as they simply can't envision what it will look like on the walls. With Valspar's Virtual Painter tool, it takes all the guesswork out of the job. Choose the style of room you want to work with, or upload one of your own. Play with color placement on the walls, trim work, ceiling, and fixtures of the room to see how things work. The tool is easy to use, and you can save your finished project for future viewing.

Room arrangement

Arrange A Room - Changing the placement of furniture is a great way to refresh the look of a room at no cost. Moving heavy objects around, however, isn't a lot of fun. With the Arrange A Room tool, you can move things around on the screen to see how they'll look, and fit, in a new arrangement. Choose from different room types and styles, room size, and add in windows, doors, and whatever kind of furniture you wish. It's easy to use, fun to play with, and will leave you 100% pain free in the morning!

Kitchen design

IKEA Kitchen Design Tool - IKEA offers a free kitchen design tool on their website that allows you to play around with room arrangement, cabinet location, furniture placement, and much more, in 3D. This tool may be a bit advanced for some users but it's a great way to help visualize what a remodeled kitchen will look like when complete. You also have the option of printing outing plans and saving it onto an IKEA server.

Flooring

Armstrong's Design A Room - This home decorating tool lets users place various types of hardwood flooring in preloaded stock rooms. Select room style, alter wall color, change cabinet style, and other elements to get a close representation of how a particular style of flooring would look in your home.

Or, do it all in one place!

See My Design - I love the home decorating tools at See My Design because you can do just about everything in one convenient place. Choose a room style and size, play around with different flooring, paint colors, wallpaper style, window treatments, cabinets and countertops, and so much more. View the finished project in 3D for a realistic effect. You can even save your work and return to it at a later time.

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