How Have Digital Platforms Changed Interior Design?

How Have Digital Platforms Changed Interior Design?
Apr 01, 2023

There was a time when interior designers needed to have an eye for color, a competitive knowledge of roman blinds, a love of décor and, most importantly, an ability to have their visions bring life to someone else’s home. However, in recent times, the world of global interior design has changed drastically. Interior designers are now required to have the basic skill sets from previous years and have a knowledge of software and an up-to-date background for using computer-aided design tools. They are also expected to have a vast knowledge of material selection, the construction process and much more.

Digital platforms are also impacting interior designing trends as most people use apps such as Pinterest or Instagram for their inspiration. As these platforms are the source of distributing information and are used by users all across the world, people from different cultures have learned to appreciate the same things. These apps allow ideas to spread faster, and people globally have started turning to designers for similar projects. Hence, a sense of unification is becoming a dominating trend.

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These apps and massive multinational marketplaces that have branches worldwide, such as Wayfair, also affect the dynamics of interior designing, as well as platforms like ArchDaily or Dezeen. They give the same opportunity to customers worldwide to choose from various options and create new combinations. To add to the globalization of trends, the globalization of designers is also taking place. Any designer can work for any client through online consultations.

Visualization tools are improving at a hasty rate, and hence, visualization now has become a tool but not a service that only professionals provide. The vast majority of people nowadays can do their own interior designing and use these tools at a lower cost.

So our profession is slightly adjusting to the fact that people now require a more custom solution for their homes. The tools we have in the new age and time allow us to view our design’s end product, which lets us tweak any changes if needed. It can make your home more homely, more tech-savvy or even more elegant in style, whatever your definition of home is. In older times, there was no way to see the future outcome of the design, but now there is.

Interior design is one of those fields that organically fits into VR and AR technologies. It will completely change the interaction between the customer and the designer. Probably drawings and pictures will be replaced by VR-based assistance. But some of us still believe people like to touch something physically, which is one of our six human senses. Considering the rate at which the technology is advancing, the future might even bring something more exciting in terms of interior designing, which we cannot foresee at the moment.