Online Interior Design vs. Traditional Interior Design

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Technology has changed and evolved so many sectors in our world, and that includes the business of interior design. Gone are the days when clients in need of design help had to get that help in person. We are now able to find inspiration, tools, resources and even actual interior design help online. Whether you prefer online or in-person interior design assistance depends on your needs. Here are some of the things you should consider when making that choice.

Help with visualizing

How good are you at envisioning the way colors, materials, patterns, and textures work together? Some people can see small-scale samples and understand innately how they will work together for a finished look. If you’re not skilled in that way, using virtual tools to help you see the way all the elements will work together can help you visualize the final product in ways that you just can’t on your own.

Additionally, having a three-dimensional design that can be easily updated via computer software and tools also gives you the opportunity to make changes that would be costly to make in real-time. Being able to see the way color works in the overall design or how a fabric looks on a chair you want to reupholster by using interior design online before you actually take on the project can save you time, money and frustration in the long run.

Virtual design can often also be a more affordable choice, if you are on a tight budget.

See physical materials

At the other end of the spectrum, in-person interior design allows you to see and feel the materials that will be used to design your space. Images on a computer are helpful, but sometimes, you want to feel the texture of the tile to make sure it won’t be slippery underfoot or compare the shades of dark wood you’ve chosen for your kitchen to make sure they complement one another and don’t clash. Working with a designer in person who can give you access to material samples can give you that three-dimensional experience and a wide variety of design styles that you may not have considered on your own. Though online design gives you flexibility and room for creativity when making material and design choices, it cannot offer the same experience unless you opt to add in-person services as well.

The time frame

When you start comparing the time it takes to design a space in both methods, this is where you see a huge difference. The virtual process is usually much faster than a traditional full-service interior design, and it can take from a few days to a few weeks to finish. However, traditional interior design might take weeks or months to complete, depending on the scope of the project, availability of materials and the speed of any builds that need to happen is.

Of course, at the end of a traditional design project, you have a completed room or home. With virtual design, you are left to complete the actual design of the spaces on your own, or hire contractors to do it for you.

What kind of person are you?

Full-service, traditional interior design is a great option if you don’t want to be very involved in the design process. If you’re not a fan of ordering furniture and decor and have no desire to source materials, you can choose to leave all of that to a professional designer. So if you don’t enjoy decorating, but want a beautifully decorated space, then full-service may be a good option for you.

However, if you prefer to be hands-on during the design process, being allowed to provide input in design choices, make changes and have the confidence to complete the room on your own, then the online interior design is the perfect choice for you.

In the end, both options serve the same purpose: To give you beautifully designed rooms that you can be proud of.

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