There are two types of Sims players: those who build, and those who live.
Sure, some of us might dabble in both modes, but generally, people who play The Sims 4 will either prefer acting out the lives of their Sims, or designing their homes. The thing is, unless you want to commit to using cheats (shame!), you sort of need to dabble in your sims’ lives to earn money in order to build the fancy house of your dreams. The latest Game Pack, Dream Home Decorator, helps bridge the gap between the two modes.
Dream Home Decorator adds a new career path into The Sims 4: Interior Designer. You can send your sim off to work by themselves, in the usual way, if you want. But the idea of Dream Home Decorator is that you go along to work with them. Each day at work will see your sim help a client renovate a room or part of their house. And it’s up to you how to decorate.
You’ll need to talk to the client first and find out a few of their likes and dislikes. You’ll only get a maximum of three pointers, which are usually very vague; “I don’t like patio furniture”, “I like pink”, “I like video games”. How you interpret that information is up to you. Sometimes you’ll be told which room to renovate, other times it’s simply “a room” which is a little daunting; imagine going into a stranger’s house and renovating a random room chosen by you.
Unlike regular The Sims 4 jobs, you won’t get paid as an Interior Designer if the client isn’t happy with your work. Ignore their wants and come up with a design that they simply just don’t like, and you’ll not only go away with zero pay, but also less prestige in your role. You’ll need to build yourself up in order to unlock higher-paying gigs, so it’s important that you get your client’s approval.
The Sims 4: Dream Home Decorator also adds a good selection of new items and decor into the game. There’s a great new selection of modern furniture, including TV cabinets, shelving, beds and even a modular sofa. Some of them you’ll be able to use straight away, but others you’ll need to unlock by progressing through the career path.
As nice as a new career path and some new items are, the real joy of Dream Home Decorator is the way it brings both build mode and living mode together. It’s the perfect career path for players who thrive on decorating and designing their homes, and bringing it to the forefront of gameplay is nothing short of brilliance. Honestly, it’s a wonder that this hasn’t been introduced to the game sooner. If you love picking out the perfect sofa or the ideal bathroom tiles for your sims, then don’t hesitate to add Dream Home Decorator to your The Sims 4 installation.
The Sims 4: Dream Home Decorator is available on PC, PlayStation and Xbox. You’ll need the base game of The Sims 4 to play.