Virtual Reality in Interior Design

     The purpose of presenting a design to a client is to help them visualize what the finished space will look like; but what if we could do more? What if we could take it a step further? Digital technology has played a huge role in helping designers and architects communicate design ideas to clients, and to each other.
     Virtual reality technology is now dipping its toe in the design world. There are currently a large range of 3D modeling programs that designers utilize, such as Revit, ArchiCad, and Google SketchUp where you can create walkthroughs, simulating an actual experience.  Below are a couple screenshots of models that we have worked on.

A SketchUp model of a guest bathroom:

A Revit model by JCL Architects of a vacation home in Jackson Hole:

     While many offer a walk-through feature, the client often cannot get the full experience of the space. This is because 3D models are often best for space planning and can look a bit "drafty" if its not rendered as a 2D image. While 2D renderings can look very realistic, the client does not get a full sense of the space. Virtual reality technology combines the best of both. With Virtual reality technology, the client will have gesture control gear (such as gloves and virtual reality helmet) to walk through as they please in a live rendering.

Not only can it help clients fully immerse themselves and experience the space, designers can actually make changes to the live model without removing the gear. How neat is that!?

Decorilla has taken VR into the world of Interior Design and created a VR platform and app for it's clients. Check it out