How Technology Is Changing The Interior Design Industry

Technology Is Changing The Interior Design Industry

Technology has made our lives easier in many ways, but it’s also changing the way that interior designers do their jobs. For instance, few people realize that artificial intelligence can help designers come up with new creative design ideas. It’s also made the process of rendering images much easier than before. Designers can now create 3D renderings, which means their clients can see exactly what their final product will look like before construction begins! Interior designers should keep up to date on the latest technology trends in order to provide their clients with the best service possible.

1) Virtual Reality

Integrating VR technology into interior design will not only provide designers with new ways to draw inspiration but will also allow clients to virtually test drive their prospective homes, offices, and retail spaces. Although VR technology is still developing rapidly, it may become more mainstream soon. As of 2016, however, most virtual reality headsets are still quite expensive (ranging from $400-$800). Even so, many industry experts predict that VR technologies like Oculus Rift or Google Cardboard could be used by almost every designer within 10 years. More affordable options are expected to surface in the coming years as well.

2) Augmented Reality

AR is big business. It’s only a matter of time before 3D glasses are no longer used in science fiction films, but rather for brainstorming sessions between interior designers and their clients. Creating home decor via augmented reality has several advantages over brick-and-mortar showrooms. For one, you can create products that are tailored to your client’s unique style preferences. Not only that, but it also allows you to show off new products that have not yet been released to the market. Take Sengled’s Glue LED Lights, for example—these lights aren’t available in stores yet (they will be by 2019), but they can already be showcased using AR technology.

3) Artificial Intelligence

With AI and machine learning, interior designers will be able to make bolder and more informed design decisions without waiting for feedback from their clients. This is especially important as interior designers increasingly serve as project managers and work with large corporate accounts. These technologies can also help them to identify unique design solutions based on advanced analytics. For example, a designer could track how much time people spend in certain rooms of a home, where they're moving from room to room, or what rooms attract which demographics. All of these metrics can then be incorporated into a decision-making process that results in more personalized designs that better suit each client's needs.

4) Wearable Devices

Virtual reality is just getting started, but other wearable devices are already improving interior design workflows. Existing technology can make your job easier by offering contextually relevant information—from inventory stock to data about materials. Essentially, designers are able to tap into software that lets them make smarter decisions faster. Ultimately, these tiny pieces of tech will help you bring better products to market faster—giving you a competitive edge. They're also great for collaboration, as remote teams can quickly view designs in real-time and even provide instant feedback if necessary. So what exactly are wearable devices? They include everything from Google Glass-style headsets to smartwatches that blend CAD apps directly into your workflow.


Many people in interior design may feel overwhelmed by all of these technological advances. However, instead of using them as excuses to give up, consider them an opportunity for growth. Technology can make your life easier and better if you are willing to take it on. It’s time to get started!



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