Experience your own HGTV moment with new technologies that allow clients to see their dream room before it comes to life through some impressive technologies. With an iPhone, we hold all the information we could possibly need in the palms of our hands. An Amazon Echo can play your favorite music and switch off the lights just from simple voice commands. And where would we be without Google?
In this remarkable time filled with possibilities, clients can now receive digital design renderings. Bobbi Breunig, a kitchen and bath designer, says designers began presenting renderings consistently in fall 2017. “We are able to show a client various flooring selections and tile backsplash selections along with their cabinetry and countertop colors that assist them in making a confident decision when selecting these products for their project.”
As designers guide customers through the process of creating their desired spaces, they’re thrilled to provide a closer look through renderings. Bobbi explains that the designers utilize an innovative program, 2020 Design, to render designs based on selections that have been entered into the program. “We are able to upload photos of existing flooring or download any photo off the internet to put into our designs.”
Bobbi adds that countertop companies, such as Cambria, have specialized catalogs that allow designers to place specific products into the renderings. “We are even able to add sunlight to show shadowing and lighting to see how the space will look with decorative fixtures.” They also include appliances, furniture, and attractive accessories to bring the space to life.
The design process begins with an initial meeting in which clients share their ultimate dream kitchen or bathroom. The designer assists in making the selections, which are then put into the design program. Bobbi says that elements of the renderings can be swapped out with other selections, such as comparing backsplash colors. The designs are typically finalized in three separate appointments. “I find that renderings help solidify their choices or drive them to selections since they’re able to see them in their space.”
And there’s something new on the horizon for 2020 Design—soon, customers will be able to use virtual reality glasses to move throughout their space. “We’re not quite there yet, but it’s coming, and we’re excited to see how that can further improve our customers’ experiences,” Bobbi says.
Designers love that they can create an experience for their clients that’s inspired by the bells and whistles often seen on television. “It’s exciting to see my clients’ eyes light up when, after a long day of making selections, they get to see the design come to life right in front of them. It gives them confidence in the choices that they’ve made, and it allows them to believe that what we worked on together will be just what they expected—beautiful.”
Shelby Deering is a Madison-based lifestyle writer.
Photographs provided by Coyle Carpet One Floor & Home.
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