As more services have gone digital, they tend to lose the human element. People still want to communicate with other people, for the most part. Surely you’ve seen the Discover Card ads that tout human interaction as being a benefit of using its product. And that’s what intrigued me about Modsy, which is an interior design service based online that offers two levels. For $69, Modsy will create a realistic and interactive 3D rendering of any room in your home so you can virtually “try on” furniture from more than 100 stores like Anthropologie, West Elm and Crate & Barrel and see how a new design would look. For $199, you can get the VIP package that includes one-on-one, unlimited help from a professional designer along with everything from the basic package.
There’s no app. It’s all done through an account that you create on the company website. Being I’m trying to modify my home office that hasn’t changed in almost 20 years, I tried out Modsy.
First thing I had to do after signing up was answer a five-minute style quiz. It showed me photos of various items — furniture, lighting, rugs, knick-knacks you’d find in an office — asking if I liked them or not. Then — and kind of to my surprise — it declared that I preferred a minimalist, industrial look. It was spot on.
So I thought about it for a couple of days. And when I went back into the system, presumably to advance to the next step, I was disappointed to find that Modsy apparently didn’t save my results. No big deal. I went back and repeated the questionnaire. This time, however, it claimed I liked a combination of industrial and country. Perhaps it just reflected my mood this time, I’m not sure. But I’m not so much a country decor kind of guy. Regardless, I knew I could always swap out any furniture I didn’t like for something I did, once inside the program.
Then I submitted eight photos of the room from pre-specified perspectives — including photos of the ceiling and floor. About two days later, I received a link to an interactive computer rendering of my office. My jaw truly dropped open. On the screen was a perfect recreation of my office, in proper proportion, equipped with new furniture. I could drag the cursor to see any perspective of the room — 360 degrees — in a 3D-type of visual. And zoom in wherever.