Interior Design

Interior design is tough. Getting the proportions, colors, and placement right is a fine balance of personality, logic, and measurement.

For a while now, I’ve wanted an on-demand interior designer service, where you could request a designer for an hour or two for a quick consultation at a reasonable hourly fee. I thought that this would be particularly useful for college students, who are on a tighter budget, want a unique and personalized room, and change rooms every year. Plus, the designers could be younger and less experienced — sort of like how cosmetology schools give cheaper haircuts.

I recommended this to an ASES Bootcamp team, and they went and interviewed students and community members, and came back with the conclusion that nobody really wanted this. I still want this service.

I tried using the free app Homee. I got some interesting decor suggestions, but that’s not nearly cohesive enough. Someone physically has to be in the room with me to figure out what I want. Tougher still is making sure that, once the pieces are ordered, it all jives in the physical space — a labor-intensive and costly process. Technologies like virtual reality are coming to help visualize spaces and manipulate objects, but those are still a ways away. VR might be ideal in the future if it can instill the correct sense of presence.

For now, I’ll just have to keep buying and testing furniture myself, only to move things around a week later.

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