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So far we have only come across a few really handy, good quality interactive Interior Design Tools. If you are struggling to choose the right fabric for your window dressing or are looking to find a fabric that matches your colour, pattern and texture requirements these online tools are just what you need!
The World of Interiors Design Studio >> Fabric finder & swatchboard
In order to use this site you will need to register, this is a simple process and is completely free of charge. Once you have signed up, the Design Studio has a range of useful services to offer. Our favourite is the Swatchboard section which is an interactive 'fabric and wallpaper finder'. Go straight to the 'SEARCH' link which enables you to view the designs and then select the criteria for your fabric, border of wallpaper search. You may choose the product type (e.g. wallpaper), the designer (e.g. Mulberry or Sanderson), the colour and/or the style (e.g. damask, chintz, etc).

If you are looking for the cheaper solutions on the market this is probably not the tool for you, but it is well worth checking out just to get a better idea of the style of fabric you are looking for.
House Beautiful Interactive Interiors >>
Window dressings designs
This is an inspiring and insightful online magazine providing a wide range of interesting feature articles and other resources. The bonus is that House Beautiful also offers a number of handy interactive tools, including Interactive Windows.
The interactive windows tool allows you to both 'mix and match' window treatments such as curtains, blinds, shades, valances and swags, or to select standalone treatments to view separately. Unfortunately, the last time we checked the tool did not currently allow us to change the colours of fabrics displayed. That said, its still well worth trying out if you are planning a fresh look for your windows.
Better Homes and Gardens >>
Room planning
BHG's arrange a room functionality enables you to specify the precise measurements of your room and position objects such as windows, doors and radiators on the plan. You can add and rotate/position furniture, lamps and some furnishings for effect, although you cannot choose the colour or style of these items. This tool is particularly useful if you are planning a renovation or decorating project and want to print out a plan of the room to scale. You must have Shockwave installed to use this feature.
Armstrong.com >>
Room styles
This site enables you to design bathrooms, kitchens, living rooms, dining rooms, foyers and bedrooms using a number of sample room styles, changing the colour and style of flooring (hardwood, laminate and tiles), walls and cabinets. While the range of colours and room styles are fairly limited the visual affect of changing the combinations is very effective. 
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Help us to build up our list of the best soft furnishings and interior design sites around! If you have a favourite web site that you think fits our web links criteria and would like us to add it to our list click here to "Suggest a site" and tell us about it in an email. We would especially like to hear from our American visitors with suggestions for the best US sites and discussion forums.

Or, if you have your own soft furnishings or interior design related site and would like to see it featured here, send an email through the "Suggest a site" link providing a short overview of what your site has to offer and we'll happily consider it for addition to our weblinks directory.
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