Posted by Kathleen Moore, CastleView 3D:
“Seeing it before you build it” with 3D modeling and rendering is really important — even crucial — when building a new home or remodeling your current one. These projects represent huge investments of money, time, and risk, and you need to be sure you’re getting what you want, and that you and your contractor or builder are on the same wavelength in terms of the design.
But another great application of 3D technology is for less drastic, but still risky, interior design projects. Perhaps you won’t be knocking down any walls or installing new plumbing fixtures, but when you’re trying to decide on paint and trim colors, fabrics, furniture, upholstery, rugs, window treatments, and accessories, “seeing it before you redecorate it” can be just as much of a sanity-saver as it can with larger construction projects.
Nowadays, a few interior designers do use basic CAD or Sketchup to model the rooms they’re working on. But in my experience, they are the exceptions. The majority really aren’t up to speed on 3D modeling and rendering techniques and so can’t offer this as a service to their clients. Luckily there are home visualization services (like CastleView 3D, for one) who can work with you BEFORE you consult an interior designer, so that you already have some good options to share with your designer going in. We can also work hand in hand with your decorator or interior designer, translating their ideas into 3D renderings so you can see how their plan of colors, fabrics, and finishes will look in your own rooms. Or maybe you just want to explore different decorating ideas, trying different fabric swatches and color combinations in a room to decide which you like best.
As an example of how this can work, here are some renderings I did for someone who was considering painting and redecorating his kitchen. He didn’t want a big remodel of the space — that had already been done a few years earlier — but simply a different look and feel to the room. He had some ideas, but wasn’t sure how they would work in his space. So CastleView 3D provided several different possibilities for consideration, combining various aspects of his preferred colors and decor ideas. The images below show a rough floorplan of the kitchen, the current decor (light green walls and green laminate countertop), and three decor options using a more earth-toned color palette: one French country style, one cottage (or “rustic cabin”) style, and the third capturing the Craftsman look prevalent in the rest of his home.