It seems like modern tech has affected nearly every industry from around the world in some way or another, and it is often for the best.
From global connectivity and remote working to virtual reality and advanced construction machinery, the many benefits of technological evolution are being revealed in by businesses everywhere.
Interior design is no different, and tech has truly made it an even more exciting field of work over the last few years. If you happen to be an interior designer yourself, or you just want to find out more about which direction the industry is headed in, here are some of the ways in which technology has played a crucial role in its recent development.
Access to High-Quality Digital Design Tools
Designing blueprints and meticulously gathering details has long been the job of the designer, and it still is, but now, it no longer needs to take countless hours and rewrites to bring an idea or a vision to life.
With the help of some high-quality digital design tools, the designer can put together a world-class blueprint or 3D rendering of a room in no time whatsoever.
The quality and the speed in which a rendition of the finished result can be shown to the client has never been better either. For example, if you need to quickly showcase your new 3D bathroom designs to your client, all it takes is a few clicks on the screen, and it bursts into life via the virtual world.
Higher quality tools mean higher-quality designs, and the utmost accuracy that digital design tools can provide mean you should never need to get a measurement wrong again.
- Interior Designer Tip – With some nifty CAD (computer-aided design) software at your fingertips, clients never need to be left in the dark when it comes to the prospect of what their finished design looks like; they can just take a look at their device and see the results for themselves, long before they give the go ahead! This will likely help avoid substantial client regret in the future.
While communication between the client and the designer may be helped by some great design software, it is worth noting the many benefits that tech can provide to your communication efforts at different stages of the process.
The supply chain management is one such area. The practicalities of bringing a design to life can be extremely hard to navigate, particularly if it is a bespoke project that requires the importation of various materials from around the world.
The ability to track this using tech, collaborate with other professionals and companies using remote communication tools, and keep the client in the loop at every possible opportunity is great news for any design project.
Sometimes, projects need to be collaborated on by many different professionals, so rather than having to have someone physically come to a premises, they could simply utilize a virtual tool that let them sign off on a process from wherever in the world they happen to be.
Smart homes are set to be the homes of the future in many ways, and they will likely have a huge impact on the way in which interior designers approach projects moving forward.
From increased sustainability to convenience and connectivity, smart homes have countless benefits and therefore need to be designed in such a way as to cater to the integration of the latest tech.
Virtual and Augmented Reality
Virtual and augmented reality technology has long been in the public domain in the form of video games and various forms of virtual training opportunities, and it has undoubtedly come a long way in the last few years.
In fact, the full power of VR and AR is perhaps yet to be recognized and fully implemented, but it can certainly help out the interior designers of the world.
For example, say you needed to remodel the interior of someone’s home, and the client wanted a strong visual representation of what the final product might look like – with the help of a VR headset, you can allow your clients to be transported right into the finished design, effectively enabling them to experience a representation of their new home in (near enough) ‘real’ life.
Saving Time and Money
Coming up with a new design from scratch is often an immensely time-consuming endeavor, one that takes up valuable time and energy.
If this design is not to the client’s liking, it can be difficult to alter, particularly if you are working with a time limit and you are not sure whether or not the client will even commit to your services afterward.
Thankfully, CAD technology can greatly reduce the time it takes to make alterations to the design since, in theory, all you need to do is press a button on the screen, and voila, you have saved yourself a few hours on creating a new blueprint by hand.
- Interior Designer Tip – If you need to practice getting the hang of designing, this could be the perfect avenue to explore, as it does not require the use of any physical resources, thus allowing you to save both money and time.
It can be difficult for interior designers to get themselves noticed, particularly those who are just starting out in the industry, especially since many of their competitors will have access to a wealth of resources and contacts.
Modern tech tends to level the playing field a little in this regard, particularly since SEO and analytics tools are so readily available online.
This can make brand building much easier, potentially allowing smaller interior design companies and individuals to establish a strong online presence without needing a huge budget to do so.
Whatever the future has in store for interior designers, the world of technology looks to be an exciting place for them to find innovative new ways to grow their brands, connect with customers, improve their designs and make an impact on the lives of many.