Design Software


As in all industries, generative AI is taking the world of interior design by storm and staying on top of these advancements is crucial when offering enhanced services. From visualisation to floor planning, applications have quickly sprung up to aid in every step of the design process. Nuie outlines AI strengths and weaknesses and introduces its own AI tool.

While the technology is new and still developing, many of these tools offer the beginner renovator an exciting starting point to explore styles and ideas before launching into their bathroom installation. While no tech can ever replace the skills and intuition of a professional bathroom designer, AI can go a long way when it comes to transforming your dream bathroom into a reality.

Approaching bathroom renovations on your own can be intimidating but you can build confidence and boost your inspiration with the help of AI design tools and industry experts.

Anna Straw, interior designer, has looked at the benefits and limitations of different AI design tools as well as taking a closer look at one that is taking the design game by storm– the nuie 3D Design Tool.

Benefits of AI design tools

Depending on the tool you choose, AI design applications can offer a range of benefits, from visualising your own concepts to producing new bathroom design ideas from scratch. So, without further ado, here are four ways AI tools can enhance the experience of designing a bathroom.

ü    Develop the correct style

Some AI tools offer the opportunity to analyse trends and user preferences, offering personalised recommendations for fixtures, finishes and accessories that match different personal styles. They can also assess the practicality of recreating aesthetic styles in the space you are working with, providing tailored bathroom inspiration, and helping to select the most practical options and appealing colour palettes with materials listed to create the desired look.

ü    Use the space efficiently

AI algorithms can take spatial constraints, user preferences and design principles into account when generating layout suggestions for bathrooms, meaning the plan will be optimised to make the most of the room of your customers. Automated layout suggestions are a wonderful way to save time and ensure fixtures and furniture are placed in the most user-friendly positions, producing a finished product that is accessible, functional, and beautiful.

ü    Visualise ideas

Sometimes customers have clear ideas around how they want a project to turn out but communicating them can prove difficult. They may want to combine certain elements such as colours, textures, prints and materials, but feel unsure about whether the finished look will come together. However, that is where AI-driven VR (Virtual Reality) simulations come to the fore. These allow users to experience a virtual representation of their bathroom design before it is built, helping them to make more informed decisions about layout and décor schemes before committing to products.

ü    Optimise the budget

Interior design mistakes can be costly, especially when it comes to accidentally selecting impractical or unsuitable materials and products. Some AI tools allow for data to be inputted such as photos, dimensions, and other essential details to test out ideas and help to prevent these kinds of hiccups, ensuring the project stays on budget. Several applications can also provide cost breakdowns and suggest the best products and materials for the given budget.

 Weaknesses of AI design tools

While design AI offers some amazing opportunities, like all technology, it also has its drawbacks and limitations. Anna Straw has highlighted a number of limitations she faces when using AI tools in her designs.

û    Many tools have limited functionality

Since AI technology is still in its infancy, it makes sense that many of the design tools currently available are limited in the capabilities they offer users. The coming years will see some fast developments, but now, the effectiveness of AI tools depends on the quality and quantity of data used to train them. Models trained on biased or limited information may not provide reliable or diverse design suggestions, limiting the output users can expect. The usability of AI design tools also varies depending on how intuitive and accessible the interface is – some require months of training to master, while others are suitable for beginners who may have never engaged with generative AI before.

û    AI cannot replace an expert

While AI is becoming increasingly capable, the technology cannot match up to the experience and expertise of a tradesman and should be regarded as an aid rather than a replacement.

AI tools do not have the instincts and empathy of human beings, which means they can often overlook the intuitive and creative thinking that goes into creating an individual or family’s dream bathroom. Designing a space involves more than just arranging elements. It requires understanding the user’s lifestyle, considering structural constraints, incorporating creative elements, and creating the desired mood.

AI cannot understand these complexities. Some tools, for example, may not understand subjective style preferences that fall outside of the data they were trained on, while others may not have the functionality to consider budget constraints. This is why generative AI design tools provide a brilliant starting point, but the help of a professional designer really brings your design to life.

û    AI output is artificial

It may sound obvious, but the imagery created by artificial intelligence is, well – artificial. That means the bathroom designed could be entirely unachievable in real life, whether that is because of restrictions on space, budget, or product availability. You may use an AI tool to create a dream bathroom, only to have those dreams crushed when becomes clear your design does not translate to reality.

For this reason, AI tools can be a fantastic way to explore ideas and gain further inspiration, but their practical applications are limited.

 Using the nuie 3D Design Tool

This is where the nuie 3D Design Tool comes in. Once you have experimented with design styles using AI, you are ready to start picturing how your ideas will translate to your own bathroom space.

This easy-to-use, customisable online tool provides you with all you need to design, visualise, and source the perfect products to bring your dream bathroom to life.


Choose the room size and shape, then enter the exact dimensions, including details like windows, doors, and partition walls to create an accurate view of the bathroom space you are working with.


Plan the space in 3D. Simply browse through the catalogue of real nuie bathroom products, from sinks to cisterns, and drag and drop them into your design to see exactly how they’ll fit and look in your space. Adjust their position and choose from a range of finishes and colours to suit your style. Switch between 2D and 3D mode for a full perspective and add finishing touches like mirrors and radiators.


Once the customer is happy with the design, the nuie 3D Design Tool even generates a full breakdown of the products used to create the masterpiece, plus their prices. Press the save button to download a copy, and take it to your plumber, retailer, or merchant to purchase everything you need to craft the bathroom of your dreams.

Want to learn more about how to use the Nuie 3D Design Tool? Check out the tutorial video, and try the tool out for yourself.

The idea of the Virtual Worlds Design Hub may have begun long before furlough was ever spoken of, but with many kbb retailers experiencing a boost in sales since lockdown lifted as consumers have looked to invest in home improvements, the service has seen unprecedented demand.

Enabling showrooms to keep up with demand while staffing levels are reduced, the Design Hub is just one of the many ways that Virtual Worlds is helping retailers close sales and increase profitability.

Armed with a basic understanding of a project’s requirements, including style and colour theme, perimeter measurements and location of windows, doors and other fixed features, the Design Hub team will get to work. They will produce a 2D plan, with rendered photo-realistic jpeg images along with a link to the project on design cloud which can be shared with their customer. This link enables consumers to explore the design from the comfort of their own home, moving around and interacting with the design using their tablet or smartphone, keeping the consumer’s interest, and helping you to progress the sale.

Head Designer Lauren Sutton comments: “The Design Hub has been fulfilling an immediate need for assistance from retailers who may have been faced with staffing issues since the onset of the pandemic. It is a service that was launched to provide an overflow for growing businesses and it is fantastic that we have been able to help so many retailers proceed with designs for their customers at this time.”

For more information on Virtual Worlds call  01908 663 848 or visit www.virtualworlds.co.uk

About Virtual Worlds

Virtual Worlds is the UK market leader in innovation-led CAD technology for the KBB market.  Since launching in 1998, it has broken boundaries in virtual technology innovation – being the first company to develop 3D design software for KBB retailers and, most recently, launching its new 4D Showroom Technology. Virtual Worlds is a division of Logicom Computer Services (UK) Ltd

Many visitors to kbb Birmingham enjoyed their first experience of using virtual reality as a bathroom and kitchen design tool, with the Virtual Worlds 4D Theatre drawing the crowds and receiving an excellent response.

Virtual Worlds has reported feedback was positive, with many users commenting on how personal the experience felt, and that is because the technology is based on neuroscience and leaves nothing to the imagination.

By merging neurological and virtual sensory streams, 4D technology delivers a series of powerful stimuli that provide an experience that is personal, contrastable, tangible, memorable, visual and emotional. Friendly messages are sent to the fast-acting ‘primal brain’, which then permeates to the slower ‘rational brain’, making the user more likely to commit to the design and therefore increasing consumer buy-in.

Not only does the user experience a fully immersive experience where they can ‘step into’ their dream bathroom or kitchen for an unrivalled sense of spatial awareness, with 4D Theatre virtual hands can be changed to match the skin colour of the user and even personal touches such as family photos and children’s artwork can be used as props within the design.

This makes the design process all about the user and once seen, the 4D design stays in the mind of the consumer, prompting a return visit to the showroom, at which point a ‘yes, let’s go ahead,’ is almost guaranteed. So much so that retailers already on board with Virtual Worlds are reporting conversion rates increasing by an average of 50% (with some even hitting 100%), while order values are increasing by around 20% as a direct result of using Virtual Worlds.

As with any new technology, the benefits of 4D Theatre and virtual reality need to be seen to be believed, which is why Virtual Worlds is offering independent retailers the opportunity to increase their sales by 30% by using the software, or their money back.

For more information on Virtual Worlds, visit www.virtualworlds.co.uk or call 01908 663848.

Acquabella has teamed up with EQ Software to provide retailers with a quick and easy way to order products.

EQ Software is simple and easy-to-use and enables retailers to complete a range of tasks from quoting a customer to placing an order directly in just a few clicks.

Acquabella strives to make life as simple as possible for its customers, retailers will be able to access accurate product information and costs.

About Acquabella

Acqabella’s philosophy is to embody perfection. They care about the detail and follow the latest trends in design without compromising quality and service.


According to Acquabella, flexibility and the ability to adapt to the customer’s changing needs without losing their unique style is their aim. They strive to continue to predict and anticipate their customers’ future needs. Acquabella was born with the vision of giving life to the bathing environment. 

For more information on how you can access Acquabella’s catalogues via EQ Software, please call 01827 839 259 today.

For more information on Acquabella visit www.Acquabella.com/


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