Is Your Living Room in the Matrix? | Peter F Gibson

When designing your living room, kitchen, study, or even if you plan to turn your backyard into a beautiful Japanese garden, it is always best to use every tool available before committing to construction. Physical trial and error can lead to very expensive and time consuming melt downs. Any time we can make a design experiment without it involving a sledgehammer and a wall,  or perhaps our back muscles + a large-ish couch, well something like that is worth it to me. Pain free design is a good thing, in fact I try to make it a rule.

When I started designing, there was always that soft yearning for some magic, all-in-one home design software package that would let me manipulate all of the critical components of my home virtually, and non-destructively. Something that, when I moved a feature wall behind the fireplace forgetting that there IS no fireplace, it could be undone and corrected at the click of a mouse. Alas, we didn't have that sort of thing back in the day. You see when I started designing a horse and buggy still brought me my coffee, and doctors still paid house calls. (no I'm not quite that old.)

These days however, there are smashing software design suites that I find myself using over and over again. Generally I review tons of design products and - where software is concerned - a few design software products get a thumbs up from me. Most of which I speak are well within any budget. You can even find a few open source products to download for free, but I have yet to find one that compares to their commercial counterparts. Once you are used to the technical issues of design software, the products will produce a stunning result and can create the perfect virtual home you can really enjoy and be excited about. If your a professional, the tools inside these design suites are exemplary and highly intuitive to the needs of your design demands.

Here's a few things you can do with interior design software:

  • Design your own storage with cabinet wizards

  • Layout your rooms easily with room wizards

  • Make moldings and baseboards with Trim Designer

  • Frame your outdoor view with Window Designer

  • Build a hearth for your home with Fireplace Wizard

  • Try new treatments with Decorator Theme Palettes

  • Get help when you need it with Help Tutorials

  • Take a view through your roof by designing skylights

  • Make your furniture fit with object resizing

I highly recommend you seek out a quality interior design software. You should be able to find any quality product online at blogs or sites that pen articles, such software can also be located at my blog on interior design. If you are looking for a new or perhaps easy way to get inspired - hoping to redecorate without the backaches, than this software really does the trick. You'll discover - as I did - how easy it is to get the inside edge on design and decorating ideas.


About the Author

Peter Gibson is an interior design expert of 20 + years that regularly writes for Interior Living Room and Vintage Vinyl Records.
He is a very accomplished author on the subject of interior design and an avid vintage vinyl collector. He has written for many publications and penned 2 best selling novels. His design works include the redesign of a popular New York recording studio, redesigns and upgrades of countless homes, and he renovates challenging older condo/ apartments as a part of his charity work abroad.

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