The Rise of Virtual Reality in Interior Design

Virtual Reality in Interior Design
 

Before virtual reality was used in interior design, it was largely connected with gaming and used primarily for entertainment.

Many of the big gaming companies sold a variety of virtual reality products in the 1990s but they all failed. In truth, the technology just wasn’t there to produce virtual reality products of the required quality in the 90s.

In the last 15 years or so, we have seen major progress in the development of virtual reality. Because of the significant technological progress, virtual reality can now show us what our homes will look like before the design even begins. It is set to be a major game changer in the interior design industry.

Augmented Reality Vs. Virtual Reality

Augmented reality is a mix of the real world and virtual world – It is essentially “virtual reality lite”. It lets people interact with both worlds but they can distinguish clearly between both. Many interior design apps now use this functionality.

Virtual reality creates an entire virtual world that people can interact with. In this case, it is hard to differentiate between what is real and what is not and this is generally achieved by wearing a helmet or goggles. In recent times, interior design companies have begun experimenting with this technique.

Augmented reality is still more widely used but virtual reality will likely become a more significant player as the technology continues to improve.

The Power of Virtual Reality in Interior Design

How virtual reality works in interior design
 
When interior design projects don’t work out it is often because of a lack of vision.
Two things can happen:

  • You can’t properly visualise how you want your home to look so you end up postponing the project – forever.
  • When the project is completed it fails to match the fantasy in your head. You then have to live with something you don’t like or spend a lot of money to correct it.

Virtual reality in interior design can solve these two problems and give people a clear picture of what everything will look like before the changes are made permanent. A picture tells a thousand words, and in the case of interior design, has the potential to save you an enormous amount of heartache.

How Virtual Reality Works in Our Homes

Virtual reality in interior design: the process
 

The process would generally involve sending photographs and dimensions of the room you’re redesigning to an interior design company. From there, a vision of your perfect room is created and can then be viewed by inserting a smartphone into virtual reality goggles. Some companies will send a pair of virtual reality googles to customers as part of the package. How great is it to be able to see how all furnishings, paint colours, window treatments, shutters and every other little accessory will look before you buy a single thing?

No longer will you have to judge every individual piece on its merits as your virtual walk through will show you how all items complement one another. Figuring out what works and what doesn’t work has the potential to save you thousands of dollars.

Virtual Reality Interior Design Companies to Watch Out For

Virtual reality: interior design companies
 
Decorilla

  • Decorilla was originally focused on bringing customers in contact with professional designers to help design their home.
  • Recently, the company identified how the affordability of devices like Google Cardboard and the launch of Oculus Rift and a variety of virtual reality headsets, made offering virtual reality depictions of redesigns possible.
  • The simple app version of Decorilla has great reviews and is free to download for anyone with an iOS or Android phone.

Doing It Right This Time(DIRTT)

  • DIRTT is using the technology behind Oculus Rift headsets to show clients what buildings will look like before work has even begun. They work with clients from banks and office buildings primarily on a wide range of interior design projects.
  • DIRTT originally worked with 3D designs but the recent integration of virtual reality concepts has revolutionrised the company.
  • It’s not surprising that the company generated $187 million in 2014, as in large constructions especially, it’s imperative to offset expensive fixes before they happen.

Fab India

  • Fab India is a large home and lifestyle brand and they have recently begun testing augmented reality techniques in interior design.
  • Rather than wearing goggles or a helmet, you would hold your phone as if you were taking a picture.
  • You can then see what items from their catalogue would look like in different areas of your home.

Havenly

  • Havenly works with three-dimensional plans rather than virtual reality.
  • It may not be as immersive as a virtual reality experience but can still be worthwhile and much cheaper.
  • Havenly takes photographs of a room and designs a room as per the request of a client.

Adornably

  • Adornably isn’t quite at the virtual reality stage but it is still a very useful app.
  • It uses 3D photo realistic images so users can check their furniture selections for compatibility.
  • The app is free to download on iTunes.

iStaging

  • iStaging’s primary focus is on the furniture and real estate industries.
  • They recently received $5 million in funding and aim tomake further progress with both augmented and virtual reality techniques in interior design.
  • The basic app is available for download on iTunes and the Google Play Store.

Virtual Reality Interior Design Videos

Check out this video to see how the process would work in a real home. The video gives you an insight into what a virtual reality walk through really looks like!

 

This video is a good demonstration of how virtual reality can bring great adaptability to interior design. How awesome is it to be able to play around with the colours and setup until you’re completely happy with everything?!

 

The virtual reality process is pretty amazing and many people are shocked at its power. Check out this video to see how a homeowner reacts when she sees the virtual transformation!

 

Virtual Reality & Interior Design: The Future

It is likely that virtual reality will become an essential tool for architects. As the technology becomes even more precise, the demand to see what a new space will look before any work is done will only grow. Virtual reality can essentially turn our dreams into a reality and it will be exciting to watch the concept develop over the next few years. At Halfprice.com.au, we hope one of the products in our range can be a part of your new home!