Best Free Interior Design Apps | Immovable
Use technology to get creative with your next interior design project.
Beautifying your home, or even building a new addition, is best done with a little planning. Fortunately, there are plenty of apps available for Android and Apple smartphone or tablet users to help design, plan, professionally consult, and even purchase the stages of refreshing a space – whether it’s whether it’s a complete renovation of a room or a simple paint color change. Read on for the seven best free interior design apps for consumers.
Best for connecting with design professionals: Houzz
Houzz has a reputation for helping people plan and prepare for their home remodel and design, as well as providing access to a network of professionals and a marketplace for home decor products. It’s no surprise that the Houzz app offers all the features available on its website, including access to your saved idea books and 3D virtual room staging. The Houzz app also interprets your interior design style based on the photos you save to Ideas Books. The more photos you save, the more accurate and detailed the style information will be. Compared to other home design apps, Houzz offers the best way to connect with professional designers and includes customer reviews, project budget ranges, and contact information.
Best for creating floor plans: Keyplan 3D
There are plenty of floor plan maker apps available for smartphone and tablet users, but many have gone behind a paywall that could make drawing a floor plan look old fashioned – with a paper and pencil – more attractive. Luckily, Keyplan 3D has a free alternative for your phone or tablet that makes it easy to measure room boundaries, insert furniture to see how it fits, and then view the finished plan in 3D format. There are always in-app purchases if you’re looking for a more expansive floor plan experience, especially if you’re doing more in-depth house plans or working professionally, but the free floor plan from scratch option will get you there. allows you to plan any type of room with furniture, appliances, light fixtures and more.
Best marketplace: Wayfair
Wayfair claims to have more than 22 million products on its marketplace, and its app lets you plan what will work best for your home while shopping. The app’s “watch” feature includes plenty of videos that highlight new products you may be interested in, discuss interior design trends, and offer tips for designing and furnishing your space. While you can bookmark and save the items you’re interested in, the “Recently Viewed” feature in the account section also makes it easy to see the items you’ve browsed in case you forgot to save something. You can order directly through the app and track packages while you wait for them to arrive home.
Best for choosing paint colors: Home Depot Project Color
If you’re looking for an app that will help you make decisions about painting walls, trim, and other parts of your home, check out Project Color from The Home Depot. The app allows users to explore color swatches as well as preview paints and color combinations in your own room by taking a photo. Augmented reality isn’t perfect, but it can give you an idea of how a new paint color would work in space. If you’re on the go and you see a building, plant, or even a color of fabric that you think would work well in your home, you can take a photo through the app or even upload an image through Pinterest to find it. nearest color option sold by The Home Depot. You can even order paint swatches with free shipping or buy paint for in-store pickup through the app.
Best for Finding a Contractor: Angi: Finding Local Home Services
Whether you’re planning a kitchen remodel or just need a drain plug, Angi offers the same in-depth project scope and cost analysis on its application. This app serves as a streamlined mobile option for those who have used HomeAdvisor or Angie’s List in the past, as they are now both branded Angi. You can store plans and contractor information for your project in the app, and also be connected with local contractors. If you want to browse professionals and their customer reviews, the app’s directory (under the ‘more’ menu button) lists details and contact information, connecting you with local businesses by postcode. Or, if you prefer to be contacted directly by the pros, provide your contact details and some basic details about your project to start receiving quotes.
Best for trying out room design: DecorMatters
This app aims to help you flex your interior design muscles with decorating challenges, room inspiration, and shopping options. When you want to design a space, you have the option of completing a guided challenge, which gives you the chance to earn coins and badges in the app like a game, start with a virtual space model, or even create a new space. use your camera to capture the room you’re in and try on furniture with augmented reality. The app has a monthly subscription if you want to take pictures of your own space to design or use AR in your real room, but the models often offer enough variety to get an idea of the actual space you have to the mind. Still, you may find the selection of furniture and decorations limited if you don’t subscribe or work to earn coins.
Best for designing for fun: Design Home
There are times when you have to seriously plan a new design or a room makeover, and there are times when you just want to pretend to be an interior designer. Users can complete design challenges when they open the Design Home app, such as a hypothetical client scenario where you need to design an inspiring living room for a getaway home in Vancouver, Canada for an aspiring writer. All items you use are real, with brand and pricing information available. For completing a challenge, the app gives you a fake budget to spend on decorating and you can earn play money by completing a challenge. However, users warn against using real money to boost your budget in challenges – the app notes that you can disable in-app purchases in the settings.
Here are the best free interior design apps:
- Houz: Ideal for connecting with design professionals.
- 3D Keyplan: Ideal for creating a floor plan.
- Wayfair: Cheaper.
- Project Color by Home Depot: Ideal for choosing paint colors.
- Angi: Find local home services: Ideal for finding a contractor.
- Decor Matters: Ideal for trying out the room design.
- Design the house: Great for designing for fun.
Update to April 1, 2022: This story was published at an earlier date and has been updated with new information.