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Say goodbye to paint chips

Design My Room Armstrong and ei software, $12.99 for CD, $9.99 to download (www.armstrong.com)

August 26, 2004|Steven Barrie-Anthony

Until recently, even the priciest home decorating software was so complicated that using it was nearly as labor intensive as the project itself.

Design My Room, a collaboration between flooring company Armstrong and ei software, changes that. The Windows-only software installs on your computer in minutes, loads in seconds, and is relatively easy to use.

Choose from an assortment of preloaded photos or upload digital pictures of your own rooms. Outline the areas you intend to redo -- floors, ceilings, walls, cabinets -- and let the fun begin. Boring linoleum becomes stained hardwood with one mouse click. Save, print or e-mail finished designs, along with an automatically generated shopping list.

Caveat: Redecorating options are limited to Armstrong brands, and paints by Benjamin Moore and Sherwin-Williams. Still, this is a strong software package that deserves space on any remodeler's hard disk. (Psst, kids: Surprise your parents by "redoing" the home office in pink and chartreuse and e-mailing them the results.)

Steven Barrie-Anthony

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