How is technology driving forward interior design?

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Interior designers have a difficult task. Not only do they have to create beautiful spaces that look fantastic, but they also have to match their ideas with your vision as people have very different tastes.

In the modern day, interior designers are being given a helping hand by technology. While the ability to design a room that the client wants is just as hard, the tools available allow designers to create multiple designs at the click of a button.

As an example, technology such as this is used to create retirement living solutions at McCarthy and Stone that are perfectly suited to residents’ needs.

Computer design software such as Autodesk, 3D Space and Sweet Home 3D have enabled interior designers to turn conceptualised designs into navigable models, as well as being able to produce designs with multiple colour combinations without wasting paper or ink.

However, that’s not where it ends. We look at how technology will not only drive the industry forward but also bring about some radical changes.


Most homes in the UK are built from bricks and mortar, but there is race on to become the first person to build a 3D-printed house. This technology has almost endless potential, as it can be used to print everything from architectural models, buildings, and even human organs.

3D printing could have a huge impact on interior design, not only in the design stages, but also as in what the client wants. Absolutely anything that can be printed can be a bespoke design for each individual person… which leads us on to the next point.


Interior design is all about personalisation, and so is technology. For example, Google’s Chromecast is a device that allows you to watch internet-based content, with suggestions based on your past behaviour, on your TV.

A similar thing could happen to architecture, such as window shading. SONTE Film is an electronic shading surface that raised $237,000 on Kickstarter. Rather than hanging curtains, designers could install this smart film that can switch from opaque to clear in less than a second.


SONTE Film works by communicating over your home broadband, allowing you to control it from your smartphone. This technology is being replicated in other areas of the home too; even your lightbulbs are talking to your mobile devices.

Rather than having to get up and turn off the light in the kitchen or the hallway, you can just pick up your phone and get it to do the hard work.

Greenwave Reality have designed innovative lightbulbs that are controlled by a remote or mobile app. There are Smart Controls that turn off all the lights for the night, or set a sequence for when you’re on holiday.

So, how will all these changes and developments to interior design affect people in the real world?

Well, for one, it could offer an extra layer of support to the people that need it most; with the potential that interior design could become so smart that any physical limitations become irrelevant.


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