When you flip through a catalog or magazine, do you start visualizing how all of those different furniture combinations would look in your living room? All of the colors, the textures, the arrangements -the possibilities! They look so good in your head that you start to feel like the next Philippe Starck. But more often than not, you find out they don’t exactly fit the space nor look so good. Which you only realize after paying a fortune. Wouldn’t it just be great if you could fast-forward to the future and see how your designs would look like in real life before implementing them?
Well, what if you could? You can try just about every combination you visualize, even take a tour around your newly redesigned house, all in the comfort of your own sofa (that you’re about to substitute) or even bed! This is what makes Virtual Room Design so brilliant.
Virtual Room Designs are programs, apps or software programs that allow you to virtually envision your home makeover. You can redesign your rooms, bathroom, kitchen, garden – or even start from scratch. You upload photos or dimensions of any room to the Virtual Room Design program, which in turn creates a 3D model of your space. You then get a complete floor plan of your house, and you can test how well your imagination and creativity fit in real life. It greatly helps in achieving your dream home.
1. Easy to Use (User-friendly)
Most of us usually cringe at the mention of “software”, instantly getting the feeling that we’re about to delve into a world of ones and zeroes. The best thing about these programs is that they’re relatively easy to use. You don’t have to have prior knowledge of architecture, design, programming, or space planning software, or even buy any books or tutorials. You can simply use drag-and-drop functions to make your floor plan, and customize everything starting with the walls of your design to the furniture within.
2. Build an Entire Floor Plan
You can build your own floor plan using the software. You only need to upload the dimensions of the room. Some programs simply require a photograph of the space, and they create a 3D representation that you can see in a bird’s-eye view. You can either upload the floor plan of your own home or choose from the available preloaded plans. The variety of functions allows you to easily design the smallest details of your room, playing around with stairs, partitions, and windows.
Moreover, the vast tool variety in the virtual room design programs and commercial 3D home design apps takes you into a virtual world of your home. You can move around, checking your virtual living room, virtual kitchen or virtual bathroom.
Some companies integrate the virtual room design technology into their websites, giving you guidelines on how to build your floor plan, take down or add windows and walls, or add accessories to your space. After you’re done, you can print a complete interior design for your architect to implement.
3. Add Elements to Your Existing Rooms, Makeover Your Entire Design, or Start from Scratch.
It’s always challenging to envision products and materials in your own home’s space. You never know how that new light-stand will look beside your sofa, or how well will that bookshelf go with the portraits on the wall. If you’ve always been stuck at buying basic furniture to make sure everything goes well together, you’re in for a treat.
With virtual room design software, you can see just how well any addition can go with your existing decor. You can rearrange or totally makeover your entire design using the software. Not sure about the style that best suits your taste? Some companies offer you to pick a style (Contemporary? Traditional or Global Fusion?) and you can start from scratch and build it just the way you want.
4. Try on Real Furniture and Products for Your Home Decorations
Some companies offer you real products to insert into your model. You can choose from the available furniture, small kitchen appliances and all ways to garden tools for your garage. And if you love the decor you put together in your rendered model, you can click on the “Available for Purchase” button and find out the price, and where to buy the real furniture for your own house.
Some programs such as marble.com’s virtual room designer offer specialized planner tools for kitchens or bathrooms. You can preview appliances, cabinetry and other kitchen components on your computer, itemize a shopping list, and see how much your new kitchen will cost. And if you want to save time and money in bathroom fixture choices, there are a multitude of 3D bathroom design tools to help you.
5. Experiment With Colors, Textures, and Finishes
If you hate taking home all of those material samples from several stores to try out all the combinations, then we got great news for you. Some virtual design programs allow you to see different color combinations of flooring, cabinetry, ceilings, walls and even countertops, and the only muscles you’ll need to move are your fingers.
What’s even better, is that some programs give you the ability to learn about the products before buying them. So if you’re designing a bathroom, you might see a note saying hardwood flooring isn’t recommended. This way, you can test the functionality of your room, in addition to getting a preview of how cool it looks.
6. Make Use Of Their Added Style Advice
If, after all, you want a professional’s eye to take care of all the interior design hassle for you, some programs offer just that. You might pay a little extra, but you can rest assured your home is in good hands. You can add in your style preferences and your budget, and they’ll take care of the rest, with the freedom of unlimited edits to the design they propose to you.