We think of interior design largely as an unchanging concept. Pieces of art and furniture may change, and each space is different. But the idea of interior design like what looks nice and what should be considered when putting a room together is fairly stagnant.
There’s no reason to expect anything different in the future. But what will change is how we go about bringing ideas to life, and what the range of possibilities for control over an interior space looks like. Technology is bringing about some exciting concepts and capabilities that could significantly reshape the ways in which we approach interior design in the near future.
For starters, consider these three significant developments.
Smart Tech Will Put The Focus On Atmosphere
By now you’ve no doubt heard a great deal about how “smart” devices are going to change our homes in all kinds of fun, practical ways. You may even have tapped into some of these ways already. Smart thermostats like Nest are already popular for their ability to learn homeowners’ preferences and conserve energy.
Also, electronic home assistants like the Google Home and Amazon Echo can help you to control certain things like lighting, temperature, and music simply by calling out orders like you’re Tony Stark at work in his high-tech basement.
And in the next few years homes will only come packed with more convenient features. Your coffee maker might start when your alarm clock goes off, for instance, and your doors might unlock for you when you open the garage door. There are all kinds of applications.
Well, the smart tech revolution in homes is also going to affect design. It’s a given at this point that we’ll have more devices, like the aforementioned home assistant products, that allow us to control our environments. As one article on the subject phrased it, we’ll also have more surface area to control, and that means design. Sure, we’ll be able to control lighting with a few spoken words, and that certainly counts as a design-related concept. We’ll also be able to raise and lower curtains, and in some cases “give an entire ceiling or wall a digital treatment” (as the article also mentions). We could truly be able to transform and manipulate our environments on the go.
AR Will Allow Us To Visualize Concepts In New Ways
Augmented and virtual reality have been a lot of fun to keep track of in the last year or two, not just because they’re new, but because they have a unique ability to advance existing activities and practices to new heights.
The most popular example of AR to date is Pokémon GO, which took a popular video game and turned it into a real world experience.