Free Online Decorating Tools

Be Your Own Decorating Diva with These Helpers

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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.

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 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.)