What stops you from making changes to the decor of your home? My answer would always be that I hesitate because it can be difficult to visualise the final look. Well, I have found a very clever tool that will change this. dmlights is an online shop for lighting fixtures, accessories and electrical supplies and they sell and ship worldwide. On their site they have an amazing 3D Homeplanner tool, which is completely free to use.
I decided to give this tool a go to help me plan my kitchen makeover (obviously wish I had the kitchen above but, alas, I do not!). I’ve been struggling with whether or not to remove the cabinets above the worksurface and replace them with open shelves – you can see what my kitchen currently looks like here. With the 3D Homeplanner tool I was able to draw out the exact dimensions of my room, plot where the doors and windows are and then add the wall colour and floor surface (as you can see below). As I was doing this there is a camera tool that I could position so that I could see the room in 3D (top right corner).
I could then fill the room with the furniture and lighting of my taste and choose from thousands of existing home products. I found near exact replicas of my kitchen cupboards and sink, as well as open floating shelves that I was able to add to my room layout. I then added three pendant lights from dmlights’ lighting range and the really clever part is I could turn the lights on to see how they would illuminate the room – genius!
After designing the room I was able make a 3D render with realistic lighting effects and the image was emailed to me within a couple of minutes. The first time round I wasn’t completely happy with the pendants I had chosen and how they emitted light so I was able to edit it and get a new 3D render just like that.
This is a game changer for anyone who does not feel completely confident about designing a room from scratch or making changes to existing rooms. It has really helped me to figure out that open shelves will look better than the cabinets I currently have and I love the idea of adding these lights to the room as an added feature; I love their soft, balanced light. It would also work really well for anyone struggling with room layout.
I will warn you though that playing around on this tool can be quite addictive!
*This post was written in collaboration with dmlights.