Andrey Ustyugov is the CEO at Planner 5D, an easy-to-use home design platform powered by AI, AR & VR technologies.
There was a time when interior designers needed to have an eye for color, a competitive knowledge of roman blinds, a love of décor and, most importantly, an ability to have their visions bring life to someone else’s home. However, in recent times, the world of global interior design has changed drastically. Interior designers are now required to have the basic skill sets from previous years and have a knowledge of software and an up-to-date background for using computer-aided design tools. They are also expected to have a vast knowledge of material selection, the construction process and much more.
Digital platforms are also impacting interior designing trends as most people use apps such as Pinterest or Instagram for their inspiration. As these platforms are the source of distributing information and are used by users all across the world, people from different cultures have learned to appreciate the same things. These apps allow ideas to spread faster, and people globally have started turning to designers for similar projects. Hence, a sense of unification is becoming a dominating trend.
These apps and massive multinational marketplaces that have branches worldwide, such as Wayfair, also affect the dynamics of interior designing, as well as platforms like ArchDaily or Dezeen. They give the same opportunity to customers worldwide to choose from various options and create new combinations with or without a designer. To add to the globalization of trends, the globalization of designers is also taking place. Any designer can work for any client through online consultations.
Visualization tools are improving at a hasty rate, and hence, visualization now has become a tool but not a service that only professionals provide. The vast majority of people nowadays can do their own interior designing and use these tools that were only available for highly paid designers to design their homes at a lower cost.
So the profession of interior designing is slightly adjusting to the fact that people now require a more custom solution for their homes. With the advent of affordable visualization tools, people started designing projects on their own, free of any hefty costs. The tools we have in the new age and time allow people to view their design’s end product, which lets them tweak any changes if needed. It can make your home more homely, more tech-savvy or even more elegant in style, whatever your definition of home is. In older times, there was no way to see the future outcome of the design, but now there is.
Some people believe that modern designs lack the culture and values of the homeowners with everyone following the same trends. It led to the modern designs being homogenized. Every design has its own origins, but people start mixing them. And the quick information exchange has led to a point with a few regions having their original design concepts. However, easy-to-use platforms are a much more convenient way for people to design their homes without a professional, even if their work reeks of amateurism.
Visualization tools have entirely eradicated the signs of ultimately consigned manual drawings in the new age. But there will surely be more technologies that will completely change the outlook of interior designs. Virtual reality already exists. It gives a real-life view of what designs you are trying to achieve. But these technologies are not available to the masses. They require hefty power sources for an excellent full-fledged VR experience. This probably will change in the near future at the rate at which technology is progressing, and the masses will also have a way to access a full-scale and uncompromised virtual reality.
Shortly, the interior design process could be summed up as when a client requests the changes in a scenario, the designer sends them a link to see all options and changes the client requested with the help of the VR glasses. The client may even be able to touch and feel the fabric or see how different wallpaper designs would look in their apartment and then be able to choose the best to their liking.
Interior design is one of those fields that organically fits into VR and AR technologies. It will completely change the interaction between the customer and the designer. Probably drawings and pictures will be replaced by VR-based assistance. But some of us still believe people in the future will want to print out or look at the screen because people like to touch something physically, which is one of our six human senses. Considering the rate at which the technology is advancing, the future might even bring something more exciting in terms of interior designing, which we cannot foresee at the moment.
The adoption of these technologies enables designers to collaborate with their clients faster. That’s the overarching trend of consumers wanting faster interactions with any business. Whether it’s a designer sending you an update of your future home or a bank sending you a decision on the mortgage, you want the answer right now, not in two weeks. The faster you can communicate, the more likely you are to retain them for longer. Also, businesses should always think about adopting new tech to improve the customer experience. Most designers still aren’t aware that the project they build in AutoCAD can be rendered by Unreal Engine, letting users virtually walk around. Would it make selling your vision simpler? Sure. And it doesn’t cost anything. The tech has never been more accessible; businesses just need to look for it proactively.