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Design Programs Make Room Decor Easy

Jul 29, 2008
Are you envious of Martha Stewart and other interior designers? Wish you could have a professionally decorated home but can't afford to hire a designer? Or, do you wish you were a designer but don't have the time or the funds to go to school?

Never fear, the solution to your problem is as close as your computer. Even interior design has gone high tech. There are several interior design programs that let you redo your space with the click of a keyboard. Don't like what you've come up with? No problem, a few more clicks and you can try something different.

Actually professional interior designers have been using software to do their work for years. It's easier and more convenient than paper-and-pencil graphs. They can plan out their ideas before physically moving anything. They can also try different shades of color before committing to one.

One fun thing you can do with a design program is to try out different types of furniture shapes and place them exactly where you want them in the room. Do you love the look of wicker furniture but aren't sure how it would look in your Early American living room. Here's an easy way to find out. You can also try the furniture in different colors. If you are tempted to paint or stain that old bureau, you can get an idea of how it would look first.

Most interior design programs are very easy to use. Just load the program and follow the directions on screen. You can use it to design one corner of a room, a whole room or even your whole house. Some even allow you to do your home and your landscaping.

Because there are so many different programs available, it's a good idea to read about them before you purchase. Make sure the program is compatible with your computer system and you have enough space on your system. Read product reviews for different titles: you may find the ones that call themselves "user-friendly" are not necessarily so easy. You may find some programs can interact with websites that can give you more information.

Most interior design programs are very inexpensive. It's a fun way to spend time. You may find that you enjoy interior design and decide to pursue it as a career. Or, you may decide that it will just be a fun hobby.

You can also use the program to vent your frustrations: You can imagine designing your bedroom with a purple-and-orange pirate motif. If that doesn't help you forget your real-world troubles, nothing will.

So, next time you get the urge to redo a room, head on over to your computer. Boot it up and try out some ideas. It's cheaper, quicker and more fun to make mistakes in your virtual space than doing it in real life.
About the Author
Jerry Blackburn writes articles most often for http://www.kitchen-cabinets-tips.com , a web page with information about refinishing kitchen cabinets and kitchen refacing. On his site you can come across his publications on kitchen cabinet doors and kitchen refacing.
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