Interior design software is going to be integral to your job as an interior designer. Part of the courses you take will be dealing with the interior design software that is available and you will be taught how to use them. While there are many different types of software available with newer versions coming out all the time, the principles are the same.
Using interior design software affords you greater efficiency. Not only does this result in a faster turnover of clients, but it also makes your time more valuable, making it possible to deal with more requests. More impressive presentations mean winning over prospective clients. Create 3 dimensional models and change colours, shapes and sizes at a click of a button to produce a realistic impression. You can also visualise how placing of cupboards will affect the layout of furniture.
Using software also produces accurate designs, resulting in less trial and error. It allows you to produce CAD drawings in lightening fast speed, saving them in a compatible format ready for printing on large scale.
The most common interior design software packages in use
Home Designer Professional is probably one of the top software when it comes to functionality and built in options, but also when it comes to price. It comes with a range of furniture groupings including the option to import your own so you can create the exact look you have in mind.
The library comes with more than 5,000 items and a customisable interface with even more that can be downloaded from the web-site. You will also find in the region of 1,000 editable templates of sample designs to help get you started or draw your own 2 dimensional plan accurately scaled to render it in 3D.
Arranging lighting is a dream come true, with a night and day view, showing you the effects that the lighting has on the room.
Costing, though not part of interior design, can affect your client’s decisions. Achieving the expectations while staying within budget is part of what makes a successful interior decorator. The expenses can be calculated in a flash. Input the material prices while the software adds up how much is used. Quickly change the materials to come up with the new value.
Other interior design software packages include:
- Live interior 3D
- Punch! Interior Design Suite
- Total 3D Home Design Deluxe
A note about the Punch! Interior Design Suite is that it is known for excellent value for money. While it has most of the functions of the other more expensive brands of it is missing the kitchen planner, room templates that can be edited and a roofing assistant. However it is one of the few that includes plumbing plans.
Learning to use interior design software is an essential part of most interior design courses and it becomes part of everyday life. It is important to find a cost effective version that allows you to be creative by offering a user friendly interface.