By Teri Olcott
If you wanted to change the color of your dining room walls, how would you do it? Visit a hardware or paint store and pick out paint and wallpaper samples? Bring them home and try to imagine the entire wall that color? Put that tiny little sample next to your curtains, your floor, your carpet... Now how does it look? Without actually painting or wallpapering the entire wall, it’s really hard to tell if you’re going to be happy with the result. But don’t despair. There’s now a better way. Welcome to House Tipster's online Virtual Rooms.
A Virtual Room (VR) is a realistic 3D room that you can customize in many ways. You don’t have to be an interior designer or planner to use the software. You just have to be able to click a mouse or tap a screen. It really is that simple. Interior design tools allow you to see different color combinations of flooring, cabinetry, walls, curtains, and countertops from the comfort of your home. The software lets you change the view by offering different camera angles for a 360-degree view.
Because I am thinking of sprucing up my dining room walls, I went to House Tipster.com to check out their VRs to see what kind of dining room design options are available.
How Do Virtual Rooms Work?
House Tipster has 18 VRs that you can customize in countless ways. I chose the Napa Valley Dining Room because it had all the components I was looking for: walls, hardwood floor, long curtains, and an area rug. There was a total of seven items that I could customize. You can use your mouse to highlight objects in the room or the pull-down menu on the right side of the page.
I started with the walls because that was my main area of interest. My own dining room walls are eggshell white and boring. After going through all the color options, I chose a light gray.
I have never tried wallpaper, but I love how it looks in a big room. With ten samples to choose from, I changed the wallpaper ten times and finally decided the Luna Gold pattern wallpaper looked far nicer than paint.
I had many choices for the area rug. Looking for a color that complemented my newly chosen wallpaper, I finally went with Tweed Sand. Many of the colors were similar, but it was easy to take in the entire room as I quickly changed out the rug without having to disturb a plate on the table. If only home decorating were really this easy!
Curtains and Curtain Rod
The Napa Valley Dining Room is similar to my own dining room at home because both have a large window at one end. The only difference is that my window is a sliding glass door that opens onto my back deck. My own curtains are white and old and ugly. Sometimes I get very tired of white. Changing the curtains to a dark charcoal color looked rather pleasing... at first.
After going through the four color choices again, I decided on a lighter gray. A dining room should be bright and inviting. Charcoal curtains didn’t seem to fit.
The curtain rod was another item I could customize by changing the color. I changed it to black, just to see what it would look like, but a curtain rod isn’t really something I want to stand out, so I changed it back to a lighter color.
The Napa Valley Dining Room has a wood floor that is similar to mine. Although my remodel project does not include changing the floor, it was fun to see how the color of the floor changed the look and feel of the of the room.
This is a great feature if you are considering replacing or refinishing your wood floors. A click of the mouse, and your floor is done.
Flower Pot and Tablecloth
The flower pot in the corner of the room had three color choices. The tablecloth had five. I decided on a brown-colored flower pot. For the tablecloth, I first went with a light color.
I then changed the tablecloth to a darker color. This lead to me changing the color of the wall paper and then the curtains. Normally, a person would not design a room around a tablecloth, but in a Virtual Room, you can pretty much do whatever you want. The point is to experiment with colors, finishes, and patterns.
When I was done and happy with my color selections, I had the option to save the final result using the menu buttons along the bottom of the screen.
I really enjoyed using House Tipster’s interior design tools. The idea is to mix and match the colors, finishes, and patterns of the floors, walls, and other common room features to find the look that you like best. Even if the available Virtual Rooms don't resemble the rooms in your home, you can still see how a white wall would look with a dark-stained wood floor or light countertops with dark cabinets, for example.
I have been looking at paint colors to add some life to my boring dining room, but after experimenting with wallpaper, I am now considering that option. If you're thinking of changing the look of any room in your house, try House Tipster's Virtual Rooms and see the fun you can have experimenting with different room designs.
The writer of this article was compensated for their review.