Technologies are forcing numerous industries to re-evaluate where they are and what they are doing to serve their clientele. The interior design industry is one of the few that has held out for as long as possible against these sweeping changes.
That is no longer the case. Designers are finding that they must adapt to the changing demands and expectations for homes and offices around the world. Those that can evolve to this new world are the ones that are finding the most success.
And the designers who refuse to change are starting to see a reduction in the demand levels for their work.
These are the trends which are influencing the interior design industry today in numerous ways.
#1. Intelligent Homes
You can design an intelligent home in numerous ways. Smart technologies can improve the security, heating, and lighting of a home from a central hub. If voice-activated products from Amazon or Google become part of the plan, then homeowners can manage their space without ever flipping a switch. Interior designers must allow for these new technologies while creating movement from room-to-room that feels natural instead of cumbersome.
#2. Tiny Homes
The tiny house movement is the ultimate way to downsize. Instead of living in a large home, people who opt for this living option stay in a space that’s the size of one average room. With rising home prices, changes to the cost of living, and a need to live in eco-friendly ways, this idea is continuing to build momentum. Interior designers must find ways to maximize the available space while addressing the technology needs of their client simultaneously.
#3. Virtual Reality
Although the concepts of VR have taken root in society for more than a couple of generations, it is only in recent years that the technology is becoming part of our lives. Interior designers who ignore virtual reality are losing out on new ways to connect with their clients. You can create an entirely interactive experience with handheld devices that can let people see your vision for a space before building it.
#4. Augmented Reality
This tool allows you to visualize what a space of any size would look like because of three-dimensional renderings of proposed furnishings and design pieces. You could look through the lens of a camera, place the items in the virtual room, and then measure out what the final look would be within only a few clicks. This process makes it possible to bring in clients during the design phase to get their feedback on the work that you’re doing.
#5. 3-D Printing
As 3-D printing technologies become cheaper and more elaborate, new ideas are transforming the interior design industry. You can literally make whatever you feel is necessary to create the perfect space. Early adopters are already using this technology to build design prototypes to show off to their clients.
The world of the interior design industry is changing. Most would argue that this evolutionary process is for the better, finding new ways to meet the needs of more people with greater efficiency.
Where do you see the world of interior design going in the next 10 years?