Redecorate Your Home on the Computer
Redecorating or refurnishing your home? By now you're probably confused by
the wide array of wall coverings, cabinets, furniture styles, flooring,
window treatments and other products currently available on the home market.
Don't worry, where there's a will, there's a way. There are now interior
design programs that let you decorate your home in a multitude of colors and
materials right on your PC, complete with 3D renderings of every room,
including kitchen and bath.
With these home decorating programs, you're not designing from a sample book,
you're actually mixing and matching styles and colors in a virtual reality
mock-up of your home's interior. For example, Broderbund's "3D Home
Interiors" is one of the original software releases that proves you don't
have to spend your entire life in a shopping mall, trying to envision how
certain colors or styles would look in your home. Just boot up the ole PC.
"3D Home Interiors" is fairly easy to use, although somewhat time-consuming,
and has plenty of features. There's more than enough to get a real sense of
how your room or rooms will look with a certain wall covering, flooring or
furniture style. You can place objects exactly how you want them, within
your home's exact dimensions, and view the rooms from a variety of angles in
The latest in the 3D Home Design Series, "3D Home Interiors" lets you browse
more than 100,000 home decorating products, according to Broderbund, most of
which are actual items from leading manufacturers. You even get model
numbers. The program lets you choose a manufacturer, then view each product
in different styles and colors.
When reviewing the software programs, be sure to check out how many
manufacturer and product categories are actually in the program. If your
favorites don't appear, that makes it hard to design from your preferences.
Check the web sites of the software companies or supplement the choices from
the web sites of the manufacturers themselves.
Make sure you have the necessary hardware, too. Graphics programs tend to
monopolize lots of RAM so it wouldn't hurt to install more than the minimum
system requirement. Make sure you have up to 64 MB or more, to make the
program run smoothly and to avoid freezing up.
Sources used to create this article include The Journal Newspapers.