Over the long July 4th weekend, I stumbled upon the Interior Design App for the IPAD. I think I have finally found something I can use for clients that won’t require a PhD in AUTOCAD to understand and that saves me so much time that its shortcomings are ones I can overlook.
I have tried many of the design programs and I usually end up frustrated. When I started the Interior Design for IPAD app, I found it to be very intuitive and user friendly. Leslie Carothers wrote a wonderful post on the blog, here, about top 2D and 3D interior design apps. The apps she included are wonderful apps that allow you to create detailed schematics but require a little sharpening of your skills and TIME.
The Interior Design for IPAD app is great if you want to create a rough rendering on the fly. The app is easy, peasy and it was voted by TIME magazine as one of their top 50 *must have* IPad apps. It does cost 9.99 to download, but it is worth every penny.
I am currently working on a very large family room that gets a lot of wear and tear. This is a room where large groups gather very often. When I say large groups, I mean hoardes of teenagers. As you can imagine, this space needs to be durable, functional, and fun. You can see my design inspiration in the photo below. My client loves deep turquoise blue, so I started the design process with the fabric on the bottom and began layering from there.
As a Decorator, I always take for granted that my clients can visualize. And I am continually reminded that many people are not capable of visualizing. This is where an app like Interior Design for IPAD can be beneficial for all parties involved. I like how easy it is to make your floor plan, see the plan in 3D and do a walk through in the room. See the easy 1,2,3, below!
Lay out your floor plan dimensions. These can easily be changed with a swipe of a finger. Drag and drop furnishings and accessories onto the floor plan.
Once you have your 2D floor plan arranged you simply hit the 3D button in the menu and voila! …your room appears on the screen in 3D. No laborious building of walls and windows. Yea! You can rotate the model 360 degrees and see the room from all angles.
Hit the icon and you can do a 360 degree virtual walkthrough of your room with your client watching. Simply Amazing!
I also forgot to mention that you can import photos of your own fabrics (not to scale) and apply them directly to the furniture. This is HUGE to me. As you can see, I added the dark turquoise to the lounge chairs, the brown leather to the sofas, and the stripe to the bench and pillows, and the green ultrasuede to the stools behind the sofa. I can’t wait to show this to my client for her reaction.
Granted, it is not absolute design perfection, but I think it is enough of a rough sketch to help those who aren’t good at visualization. Have you tried this app yet? Do you love it like I do? Please let me know in the comments and…
if you haven’t downloaded it yet, and would like to, here’s the link:
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