Needless to say that technology has altered almost every aspect of human lives. Yet one industry that hasn’t got much limelight in technology news is the field of interior design and the technological advancements in it. A field that was traditionally time-consuming and expensive has become cost-efficient, speedy and accessible at the click of an app icon. Here are 5 ways technology is changing the future of interior design.

  1. Expansion of consumer choices: How many times have you been a victim of an uninformed choice? Afterall, how is a layman supposed to know the difference between coral pink and baby pink or get the exact flooring plan they want without knowing anything about interior design? Technology has empowered these choices with mobile apps like Tap Painter that offers a plethora of paint colors including Benjamin Moore, Behr, California Paints, Dunn Edwards, Dutch Boy, Sherwin Williams, Kelly Moore and many others to try virtually on your wall and see how it’ll look. The simple UI and the efficiency of such technologies is what worth an applause as all you have to do is upload the picture of the wall or room you want to paint and the app will use its analytics to scan the interior lighting, register it and adjust the color brightness in accordance with your room’s picture.


  1. Pocket-friendly Design: Finding the perfect interior designer who understands your vision for your house is difficult enough but to get the best of such professional under your budget stands to be an impossibility. Technology has changed this with mobile apps like Thumbtack and HomeAdvisor that allow you to book any interior designer and other professionals from your smartphone. The apps also offer filter options to pick the personnel that meets your budget, comparison between two or more choices and the nearest service in your area. All these services are reviewed by customers just like you so you can assess their past work.


  1. Self-sufficiency: While most run to professionals to groom their beloved home, some are a fan of self-sufficiency and DIY. Technology has empowered such DIYers with tools of information to realize their creative potential. One such tool is a mobile app called BrightNest – Home Tips & Ideas. Wired Magazine named it a “Like Lifehacker for your home.” And, considering it offers you a plethora of interior designing tips customizable to your taste, the statement holds true. From floor type and countertop material to Home Quiz, the app uses consumer information and quiz answers to customize tailor-made tips and helpful articles on interior design. You can even save or schedule this information for late, all without shelling a dime.


  1. Accurate representations: Technology is empowering consumer voices by offering them an accurate representation of the dream home they wish to create. Mobile apps like Planner 5D  and Hutch have enabled an everyday customer to create beautiful and authentic interior and exterior designs in 2D and 3D modes. The UI of these apps is simple and easy to navigate that allows you to browse through different interior design functionalities and implement them in virtual reality. Once you know what you want, you can communicate these details to your interior designer.


  1. Sustainable and Smart home: Technology has empowered modern design with sustainability and smartness. A layman can now recycle waste material to create household crafts like chairs out of old tires, lamps from glass bottles with DIY apps swarming the app stores. These apps are not only opening new channels for creatives to express their art but also contributing to a sustainable economy. On the other hand, technology is offering new tools for customers to control every aspect of their house including lights, household gadgets and even temperature with devices like Ecobee3 smart thermostat and Amazon Echo.


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