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New technology allows users to design and see rooms in realistic 360 degree views.

Have you ever selected a shade of paint, applied it to the wall and discovered it was awful? Or bought a piece of furniture you carefully measured so you knew it would fit, and discovered that while the physical dimensions were fine, the scale of the piece was all wrong?
Expensive mistakes like these are set to become a thing of the past, thanks to clever technology that allows us to “see” our rooms in 360°, using virtual or augmented reality.

And it’s not just interior design that is set to benefit. Renovators and architects will use the technology too, so that you “see” what your new room will look like, along with sight-lines and the availability of natural light, before a brick has been laid.

Interior decorators are excited about the uses of virtual reality (VR). Imagine your designer handing you a headset and then walking you through the room they have created, or explaining an architectural structure by actually being beside it. Imagine testing hundreds of wallpaper designs, furniture or floor surfaces at the click of a button.

The cost and size of computers needed to exploit VR technology are a hitch at present, but this will change.
Last year global furniture store Ikea launched the Idea VR Experience app that allowed shoppers to tour different kitchen layouts.

Until VR is more ­generally available, there is the technology’s younger cousin, augmented reality (AR). Where VR simulates total immersion into a virtual world created entirely by software, augmented reality fuses the virtual world and the real world, often by overlaying virtual features on top of actual ones. 

AR needs much simpler technology than VR – you can download an app on your smartphone or tablet – so it is already being used by designers and stylists today.

One such app is named Planner 5D, a mobile home styling creation. 
One of Planner 5D founders, Alexey Sheremetyev, says the app gives its users the possibility of choosing texture, colour and size of all the pieces of furniture used in the design. It also analyses the projects of millions of people, and offers creative ideas for turning what you have into an original, tasteful home.

Users enter their room dimensions into the app to create a floor plan and then choose furniture from linked catalogues and then virtually move the furniture around to see how it will look.

One of the app features allows users to make realistic snapshots of their designs which can then be share. – Home Reporter and Washington Post

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