With the advancements made in technology every single day, when it comes to design, there have been ample improvements and additional applications that could be beneficial.
Take a moment to visualize your dream home, even just a dream kitchen or living room. Picture every single detail, right down to the overall atmosphere. Don’t you wish you could do that and see exactly how everything would mesh together before filling your home with odds and ends that don’t complement each other the way that you hoped? With the integration of virtual reality, you’ll be able to visit your dream environment and see exactly where everything will be placed, right down to the texture, colors, and proportions. This not only saves time and resources, but you can also see your future living space in a way that lets you instantly change and explore your own style by using this tool as an extension of yourself.
This is a key aspect we want to focus on before we jump into the specifics. By using technology advancements to really get an insight into your future, you won’t have to stress and hesitate about your decisions. You will no longer have to fall back to your default. When you fall back into your default preference of style, home owner or interior designer, this can make your spaces feel redundant and stale because you’ve seen it time and time again. By using a technology applications like virtual reality, you’ll be able to easily think outside of the box without any apparent risks. You could instantly change the texture of things, the wall colors, the flooring, anything you could think of.
Using services like Decorilla, an online interior design surface in collaboration with large companies like Google, Facebook, and Samsung, it’s no wonder that this sort of technology advancement is being highly used in the interior design field. Interior designers will have the power to give you the feeling of home without even a second of delay. You’ll no longer have to try and picture everything and how it will work in the dynamic of the room, you’ll be able to instantly place each object in the virtual reality space and know exactly what you’re working with. Leaving you no choice but to create a stunning design and a vision that is actually palpable. This game changer will continue to grow in ways we might not yet understand, but throughout this editorial we’ll be discussing more of the specifics so you know exactly how important this advance is for the art of interior design.
What Is VR?
Virtual reality also known as VR is the application of computer tech to create a faux environment that feels real. This directly places the user of the VR equipment into the environment they are viewing. This has been commonly used in games, learning programs, and design. There have been many designers and artists who have used VR in their work to create a direct representation of their creative vision. Not only aesthetically, but in a correct design sense which is also very technical and practical.
VR has many uses, but according to Pocket Lint, there are a few specifics that should be brought to light for you to be able to fully understand the extent of how VR meshing with interior design is a match unlike any other.
In their most recent study of virtual reality, Pocket Lint goes on to explain:
“For example, Sony PlayStation VR offers 360-degree head tracking by monitoring signals from the nine LED lights around the headset with a PS4 camera. When it comes to head tracking, low latency is a must to ensure there is minimal lag between you turning your head and the world you're experiencing responding. Some devices are better at this than others, with Oculus being one of the better ones offering only a 30-millisecond lag.
Motion tracking has been seen in a variety of forms from smart gloves to the likes of Oculus Touch, Valve's Lighthouse and HTC's controllers for its Vive headset. Each of these things work slightly differently but the idea is to ensure you feel as though you are using your hands during your experience. We won't go into the ins and outs, but a plethora of sensors are involved, as well as lasers emitted from base stations in some cases, all of which helps with the detection the precise position of your head and hands.”
They’re basically saying that because of how advanced this technology is, the applications are endless. Creating a space that does not yet exist and making it an actual space that you’re a part of, not only will you be able to create virtual showcases, you’ll be able to create any style of design you could imagine with a click of a button.
How Can VR Aid In Design?
VR aids in design simply because of how interactive it can be. It creates the perfect collaboration opportunity between the designer and the homeowner. It allows the two individuals to create together to instantly see results and know what will work and what won’t. This kind of dynamic was only plagued with stress and frustration before, without this kind of visual transparency. While two individuals could work together to create an interior design aesthetic that pleases everyone involved, it became much more focused on trust between owner and designer, which sometimes was not translated well enough.
According to Reality Technologies, they recently discussed just how important the applications of VR in architecture and interior design are. This is what they had to say:
“To the architect, VR is a dream come true. Until the advent of this technology, architects would have to wait weeks, months or more to see their work truly bear fruit. To an architect, designs and blueprints on a page are akin to musical notation to a composer. They may express the architect’s vision, but they are not how that vision is meant to be truly experienced. For that, time, money, and skilled labor is required to execute on the plan.”
Elements Of Design To Consider & Disadvantages
The elements of design to consider when dealing with the advancements of VR are many, but there are also some key things to keep in mind that could be an issue or disadvantage. Try not to get ahead of yourself when it comes to using a tool like this in your field of work. While it won’t replace you, you should always keep your craft and passion towards your career as pure as possible. Use the tools given to you as just that, tools to help you move forward. Don’t let something like VR make or break you in the future because you chose to rely too much on the technology.
Your disadvantages to using VR in the field of interior design are few, but there are some aspects to keep in mind before using this approach to sell your creativity and career:
Don’t overplay the space, don’t hide areas with perfectly placed items or shelving. You should always be open about the space and use this as a way to entice, rather than trick.
Use this opportunity to collaborate and listen to the owner of the space. Use this tool to expertly collaborate in a way that could never happen before, rather than expressing your own design tastes.
Using VR could equate to a high cost when it comes to the equipment needed for the furniture, environment, and overall time put into each design staging.
Sometimes when using VR, this can lead to addictions to a virtual world. While it is unlikely that this will be a problem in the field of interior design, it’s important to remember not to always pay attention to every little detail when that focus should be put into the final space. Don’t bore yourself by doing something essentially twice.
Because of this amazing rise of virtual reality being applied to interior design, there is more opportunity to play and explore in ways that have never been present. Whether you’re an individual who wants to see if they should repaint their walls a different shade or you’re an expert interior designer, with the ease of a few clicks you’ll be able to easily create an environment that keeps the passion of design and innovation on a pedestal.
Using VR can be the key to many problems today, but the dynamic between VR and design is unlike anything else we’ve seen in years. You'll now be able to take it to the next level, pushing your own creativity and out of the box thinking in a way that will be timeless.
No matter what you plan to use VR for when it comes to interior design, by just taking a moment to really evaluate the changes you want to make in your space and also trying something new, you’ll be surprised at how many possibilities there really are.