Imagine going into a showroom to design your new bathroom and being able to step into the space right then and there – sounds futuristic, right? But that’s exactly what the latest 4D virtual reality (4D VR) technology allows you to do.
Yes, really! Here’s how it works…
How does 4D VR home design work?
You’ll find yourself in a digital version of your new bathroom, ready for you to explore. 4D virtual reality allows you to walk around the room, so you can get a feel for how it will work, and test storage options too.
Unlike computer-generated image on a traditional screen, it is a fully immersive and interactive experience.
What does that mean, really?
Well, 4D VR allows you to open every single door or drawer, turn on taps and showers (great if you like a specific spray pattern or wonder if a rainfall shower really is for you), and try products. At least through the powers of tech – we’re not saying you can literally have a shower but more like stand in an enclosure to get a feel for how it would feel space-wise.
The designer can even set your height, gender, and skin colour, if you want, so you get to experience your new space as if you’re really standing inside the room. Clever, right?
They can even switch between day and night mode, so you can see how your bathroom could be illuminated at different times of day. And virtual reality allows them to set the light colour so you can have a warm or cool tone or add LEDs in recesses and alcoves.
Lighting can make such a difference to how a space feels so this is a really useful way of experimenting with moods to decide what you’re after before you go further with a design. Plus, it also allows you to suss out corners that might be a little too dark.
Choosing products using 4D VR
More than 120 different brands and manufacturers have had their products modelled for Virtual Worlds’ 4D Theatre, so if you want a specific piece, chances are high that you can see the exact design in 4D VR.
But it’s not all about style, right? After all, you might need some more details before deciding on a product.
That’s covered, too. Look at a product and an information box will pop up, giving you not only a description but also a product code. If the brand has provided one, it’ll also play a video. So useful.
Make instant changes if you want to
Are you unsure about whether a glamorous claw-foot bath will take up too much space? This clever technology will let you see how it would look in your room.
If it turns out to not be the right fit, your designer can change it to a different style right in front of your eyes, so it’s easy to compare options – from the size to different shapes and colours.
They can even pre-set different layout options. Can’t decide which colour you want your bathroom furniture to be? Your designer can have a few on hand and easily switch between them, so you can compare right away.
Keen to get started with virtual reality?
More than 300 showrooms use Virtual Worlds 4D technology. I always advise going to your local independent retailer who has Virtual Worlds 4D and talk to your designer about what you’re considering in advance, so they can have them ready for you to view.
This article has been created in partnership with Virtual Worlds.
Featured Image: Created by Virtual Worlds Design Hub