6 Best Free Interior Design Apps – Public Favorites of 2023

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Brenda Nyawara

Brenda Nyawara is an editor at Archute. She is a graduate architect with a passion for edge-cutting ideas in design, fashion, art and modern world interests.
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Have a new house or just want some home improvement in your room? I bet you had that feeling more than once – you looked at the empty (or furnished) place and thought that you’d change everything there... 

What is great, is you don't have to hire professional designers and pay a lot of money. Interior design applications are among the most popular solutions for smartphones. Saving time and money, you can have fun trying different styles for your room. 

Applications for Home Design – an Easy Way to Style Like a Pro

If you decide to use a digital tool to try your abilities in decorating the room, you have plenty of options. There are online platforms and mobile apps, 3D-modelling solutions, or simple floor plan designers – you will find dozens of them in the App Store. 

First, you should decide what you want. You might play with the paint color and materials, try the new piece of furniture in your room before purchasing it, or put everything together in virtual reality. Still, the applications from our list will equip you with all the options to create a professional design at no cost. 

1. Houzz

Houzz is the users' favorite for its convenience, functionality, and resources, and it is free of charge. A huge library with 17+ million ready home design photos is the perfect source of inspiration. You can sort, filter, and organize all such examples to keep them in one place. 

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However, it would be wrong to consider Houzz as the library only. It is like searching how to fax with iPhone and finding dozens of additional options in one Fax App. The augmented reality used by Houzz lets you try any piece in the room interior, so you can decide if it suits you. 

2. Amikasa

Amikasa is an award-winning solution for both Android and iOS devices. It provides you with the full package of options to build the room with a complete design. You can model the shape of the room with precise dimensions. Then, you can furnish it virtually with products from different brands. With the exact dimensions of your room, you will see how each piece would match your room and other pieces. 

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After that, you can have a virtual tour and evaluate the room design – the iPad with its larger screen would be the handiest device. The designs can be shared over social media. 

3. SketchUp

SketchUp is another public favorite from the 3D design software family. It lets you draw your designs as if using the usual pencil, but you don't need to be an artist. This app suits both the professionals of architecture and those who enjoy creating home decor designs as a hobby. 

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The free version with the basic functionality is available for all devices. 

4. Home Design 3D

Home Design 3D is an app designed for iOS. But it is also compatible with Android. It is one of the most functional 3D planners for home design. You can use it to design the floor plan in 2D or 3D and then furnish it and decorate it with various elements. Moreover, the options aren't limited to decorating the interiors – you can apply Home Design 3D to the outdoors. 

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Any objects you add to the design plan are editable with dozens of customization options (from size and color to texture). When you complete the design, you can visualize it in 3D and share it via several channels, including the Home Design 3D community. The app works even in offline mode.  

5. RoomPlanner By Ikea

RoomPlanner By Ikea is an app available on App Store and created by the world furniture store leader. It focuses on the pieces from its assortment, but it works fine, considering the market share Ikea takes. You only need to provide the room dimensions. Then you can start trying different pieces of furniture from the gallery. 

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The application is meant for beginners mostly – its functionality is not enough for professional home designers. However, if you are only considering some new decor and would like to see how it looks in your room before going to Ikea – you will have a lot of fun playing with this Room Planner. 

6. Planner 5D

Planner 5D is the most powerful design construction application. It covers interiors with any delve of detail, from the simplest spaces to the most detailed specifications. Besides the homes and rooms, you can use Planner 5D to design pools outdoors. 

The editor with over 5000 ready shapes and elements will let you design any layouts with professional quality. You can edit all elements by trying various colors and materials for them. A robust library with ready interior designs offers you thousands of ideas for your home.

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When you have the results, you can save your design as an image with photographic quality. These designs can be shared on social media or with the community. 


Just one iPhone with a dedicated application for home design can replace an entire designing agency for you. Get inspiration, use your creativity, and design the home of your dreams in any style! 

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Brenda Nyawara

Brenda Nyawara is an editor at Archute. She is a graduate architect with a passion for edge-cutting ideas in design, fashion, art and modern world interests.