The Internet can be a wonderful place to go to gain valuable decorating advice, and the best things in life are often free! Browse our list of free online decorating tools and online decorating resources to aid you in achieving the budget-friendly home of your dreams.
- Free Online Room Planners
Our expert guide to Interior Decorating at About.com shares her links and valuable information about the top online room design tools.
- Free Online Room Design
Insightful reviews and links to online room design tools by our guide to Freebies at About.com.
- Armstrong Design-A-Room
Very simple and geared only toward certain products, but if you are wondering how Armstrong flooring will pair with Sherwin-Williams, Benjamin Moore or Pittsburg paint colors, this may work for you.
- BH&G Arrange-A-Room
A tool from Better Homes and Gardens that is designed to help you plan your furniture arrangement and color-coordinate your furnishings. Registration required, after which they will slaughter your email inbox if you aren’t careful to uncheck their newsletter sign-up boxes.
- Find Any Floor
This is a very simple but easy-to-use online program that doesn’t require any downloads. Choose different flooring, walls, and furniture colors to help you visualize what your room might look like.
- Floor Planner
Floor Planner is an in-depth but user-friendly planning tool. Prepare to spend a few minutes figuring out the program (tutorials are offered, if needed), and registration is required, but once you get going, this may be all you need to design your entire home. Floor Planner allows you to draw your room or add a photo, make accurate plans all to scale, and even choose furnishings and more.
Online Color Tools
- Online Help for Interior Color Schemes
A list of some of the best online color scheme generators and sites that feature interior color schemes that I’ve run across. I’ve played around extensively with most of these and listed additional information on each one.
- Online Paint Visualizers
Our expert guide to Home Renovations on About.com lists descriptions and links to a few of the major paint companies’ color tools available online.
- Online Tools for Paint Colors
This article from our guide to Architecture at About.com provides descriptions and links to free online software for interior and exterior paint colors and combinations.
- My Perfect Color
If you are curious about the wealth of paint colors available, just spend a little bit of time at this site. It’s a bit confusing to navigate but full of information. You can build your own palette, or choose from their color combinations.
- Paint Colors Critique Corner
Submit a form and photo at House Painting Tutorials for a free opportunity to ask a question about choosing a paint color, and receive feedback on the exterior and interior color schemes you selected for your home.
- Stylish Home Palette Maker
Build your own custom room palette with this tool from Stylish Home. You can choose from one of their generic room images or upload your own.
Online Furniture Tools
- Bassett Furniture
If you are itching for a custom piece of furniture, Bassett Furniture will let you customize a limited selection of their pieces. Use their online tool to explore. Prices are moderate.
- Broyhill Furniture
Broyhill Furniture will also allow a limited number of their furnishings to be customized, including casual dining.
- Thomasville Furniture
Thomasville allows you to customize their soft furnishings with selected leathers or fabrics. Their tool allows you to sort furniture by width, height and more.
- Build A Sofa
Build A Sofa says they offer a complete customized sofa experience, if you can stand dealing with their talkative, interactive (and slightly irritating) website. Turn your computer’s volume down first.
Online Accessory Tools
- High Country Rugs
Customize your own oriental rug online at High Country Rugs. The tool is free but the rugs are not. Prices aren’t cheap, but you never know – you might be purchasing a future heirloom.
- Jonathan Adler
Customize your own designer decor with this tool by Jonathan Adler. Beware of the designer pricing. A 16x16-inch pillow will cost you $110.
- The Perfect Rug
Create your own custom rug with The Perfect Rug. Prices vary, but I designed several reasonably priced rugs in a matter of minutes. (If you are on a tight budget, head toward the synthetics.)