Designing your home can be frustrating. Between measuring all your rooms and furniture, to moving heavy pieces back and forth to try and make everything fit just right, it can be an overwhelming process. Luckily, technology is starting to make this process easier. From apps on your iPhone to software you can delve into on your desktop, there is a wide array of fantastic technology for home designers to use.

Home Stratosphere

Home Stratosphere is a website that covers interior design, architecture, furnishings, decor, exteriors, landscape design and gardening. The company released its own, free interior design software that does not require a download. You can develop and design one room, or your entire home, through this software.

Color Capture

Created by Benjamin Moore Paint, the Color Capture app enables you to identify any color at any time. The app is available for download on your iPhone 6, where you can take a snapshot of an item and have the app connect the color in the photo with one of the paint color varieties. This way you can discover a range of hues you never new existed for your newly designed home.

Mark On Call

Mark On Call claims its app is “home design in the palm of your hand.” The app was created by Mark Lewison, a renowned interior designer and current faculty instructor in the Interior Design Department at the Art Institute of California, Hollywood. The app can be downloaded on your iPhone or iPad and lets you design and plan the various rooms in your house. The app provides preloaded sample floor plans, or you can publish or import your rooms through email or from a different iOS device.

Space Designer 3D

This software allows you to visualize and experiment with elements of your interior design. The program takes you through the steps of composition from a 2-D plan, where you build and arrange your projects, to 3-D global volumetrics and interior walk-through. The software contains samples of modern furniture and decor that you can integrate into your design as well. Then, you can print your 2-D plans and 3-D outdoor or indoor perspectives of your designed space to share with your family and friends.

Home Hardware

The design center at Home Hardware gives you options of cabinetry, flooring, countertops, paint and accessory styles to integrate into your home. The program enables you to design from sample projects, or you can upload your own photo. With your uploaded photo, you can visually integrate materials and products to get an idea of how they will look in your home.

Planner 5D

Planner 5D helps you create your dream home within minutes with three easy steps:

  1. Find your inspiration through its collection of interior design ideas.
  2. Create your own project with items you’ve collected in your design library.
  3. Visualize your project with a realistic 3-D snapshot.

This software is multifaceted and allows you to design your dream house in 2-D or 3-D. The app also lists its highest-rated planners so you can draw inspiration from their floor plans and designs.