Some industries have been very quick to capitalize on new technology. Others have been somewhat slower. Interior design largely belongs to the second category. However, the industry has made rapid progress to the point where technology is now driving the way we design the spaces we live in. This blog explores how.
How Modern Technology Trends Influence Interior Design
A decade or so ago, most people would have simple concerns. When I moved out of my parents’ house, my primary goal was to have a folding table, a mattress, a TV, and Spectrum packages. My tiny apartment was dingy, but TV and the internet were all people my age needed at that point. They’d add on other things like dishwashers and furniture later on. And of course, people back then weren’t as concerned about the ergonomics of their living spaces. Or the ecology for that matter.
Compare that to where we are today. People ask for much more than a simple internet and cable connection inside their homes. More importantly, the public has been shifting towards sustainable living, aided by modern technology. This trend has prompted the use of digital technology in design, to help make people’s lives easier, as well as reducing the impact on the planet. People also have a much more increased dependency on technology than ever before. All these factors come into play, transforming the interior design industry in significant ways. Here are a few aspects to consider:
- IoT Devices and Smart Homes
- Prototyping and 3D Printing
- Digital Design
- Eco-Friendly Living
- Cutting Edge Furniture
Let’s take a closer look at how these aspects of technology have revolutionized interior design.
IoT Devices and Smart Homes
The modern home is a high-tech home consisting of multiple smart devices connected to one network. This is also what’s known as a smart home. The growing popularity of smart home technology has encouraged designers to transform conventional living spaces into examples of modern interiors. From incorporating automatic blinds to smart mood lighting to voice-controlled thermostats, interior design has more room than ever to meet modern trends.
Prototyping and 3D Printing
3D printers are one of the most revolutionary pieces of technology of our time, and they have trickled down to interior design as well. The obvious use of 3D printers is to create unique and customized furniture, made with specific living spaces in mind. But that’s not all a 3D printer can help interior designers with. 3D printers help create prototypes quickly, and relatively inexpensively. This allows more freedom to interior designers experimenting with new elements.
Gone are the days of tape measures, drawing tables, and lead pencils. These days, interior designers use modern tools better suited for the task. Things like drawing tablets, styluses, AR overlays, and VR representations make the job much more efficient. You can create design blueprints on tablets then use AR tools to overlay specific design elements in the intended space. You can also use VR platforms to create a virtual representation of the finished space.
Much of modern interior design focuses on sustainable, eco-friendly living spaces. A good example is daylight designed spaces, which aim to get you as much natural light as possible. This helps you rely less on your electrical lighting, saving bills and reducing your environmental footprint. Smart lights turn off and on based on the time of day and follow daylight savings times.
Many interior designers also focus on equipping living spaces with all manners of smart devices. These devices help regulate energy consumption, heating, and water wastage. They also focus on the materials used in creating the living space. Many place emphasis on the use of sustainable materials with low environmental impacts and better energy efficiency. The object is to reduce the footprint of every living space as much as possible on the environment as a whole.
Cutting Edge Furniture
Like many other things, furniture has also considerably evolved thanks to technology. Of course, furniture still aims to be as aesthetically and artistically pleasing as possible. More importantly, modern furniture also tries to incorporate technology into its design. For instance, you can use a couch to sit and watch TV or to lie down and use a laptop. That means a modern couch should have charging ports, adjustable cushions, and maybe even interactive screens.
As far as interior design goes, the internet and technology have replaced many of the conventional key elements in the industry. As a budding interior designer, my biggest nightmare is a Spectrum Error hl1000 rather than not being able to meet deadlines. Technology has made my job much easier and more efficient in many ways. It is up to me and my fellow interior designers to use it to its fullest advantage.