The Power of Virtual Reality in Interior Design

  • When the concept of virtual reality was first realized, it was contained primarily within video games or home entertainment. The capability for creating virtual reality products was there in the 1990s, but the quality wasn’t of a sufficient standard to make VR products for the mass market. Since the turn of the century, though, VR technology has evolved extraordinarily and now we can use it for so many purposes – including visualizing the results of prospective home renovation.

    HalfPrice.com.au (halfprice.com.au/products/roller-shutters/), an Australian company stocking home furnishings, created this absorbing infographic looking at the role of VR in interior design.



    In previous times, HalfPrice has had to use its imaginations or sketch 2D graphics to get a picture of how a living space would look after being renovated. This was a somewhat flawed approach as it never gave a true depiction, and how a room might look post-renovation could differ hugely from what you had envisaged. Then you’d be stuck with a home that isn’t what you wanted and you’d be out a small fortune too. You may even decide to abandon the project altogether if the lack of a clear vision deters you from spending time and money on it.

    With VR, you can get a very clear picture of how a living space would appear in terms of dimensions, colour and context. For example, a cabinet may look superb on its own but not be the right fit for the space where you had intended putting it. VR allows you to see the cabinet in the context of a room so that you can establish if it suits or not. This could save a lot of hassle and expense, two things which you’ll most likely encounter when renovating your home anyway.

    You’ll have probably heard about virtual reality and augmented reality and could assume that the two are synonymous. That’s not the case. VR creates an entirely new world where it’s hard to distinguish between what’s virtual and what’s real, whereas augmented reality is a mixture of the two and allows for a clear distinction between virtual and real. When it comes to obtaining an accurate preview of the outcomes of home renovation, VR gives a far better picture. It’s as if the room into which you’re currently staring is bare and all you’ll see is how it would look post-renovation.

    VR technology in interior design is still rather embryonic and many homeowners will stick with the traditional concepts of using their imaginations or relying on 2D sketches. However, as with a host of other technologies, don’t be surprised if VR catches on to such an extent that you’ll wonder how you coped without it. Anyone involved in the interior design profession, such as an architect or a tradesperson, should already be using VR in their work to achieve the best results for their business. It’s certainly a concept that will be worth watching in the next few years.

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