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How to Take Great Home Decor Photos


January 27th, 2017

So you’ve finally finished that home decor project and you want to share it with the world, but you’re struggling to snap that perfect pic? We’ve got you covered with this quick guide to taking excellent photos of your beautiful home. Don't worry if you don't have a fancy camera, most phones these days come with cameras that will still snap a great shot!

 

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1. Post the Process: Our readers love to see before and after photos of the design process, so if you’ve got pictures of the space before reinventing it, post it!

 

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2. Let there be light: No really, flood the area with as much natural light as possible to capture the best looking photos. If the area has few or no windows, artificial lighting will work, but will sometimes appear too bright when combined with flash photography (Some good “bad” advice: using flash in a dark room can yield some great photos!).
 

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3. Clear the Clutter: Photos should be crisp and clear of any mess. So move those phone chargers and hide that laundry as much as you can for a clean, beautiful look.

 

These next tips cover the different types of photos our readers love to see:

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4. Capture the Whole Room: Get a great shot of the entire room to set the mood, try the “Three Walls Rule” used by many real estate agencies. Taking wide shots that show three out of the four walls or sides of a room show the depth and gives the reader a better sense of the overall layout.


 

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5. Angles are Everything: Next, take some photos with dynamic or interesting angles. The photo above is a good example. By taking the shot below eye level but just high enough to see the top of the dining table elongates the room and creates a picture pleasing to the eye.


 

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6. Show Off a Unique Piece: Do you have a unique, unusual, or storied piece that just begs to be bragged about? Zoom in on one or two interesting pieces that really make the space, and be sure to elaborate on the stories behind them when you #ShareYourSpace!


Once you're done, don’t forget to Create Your Design Story. And if you’re having trouble writing up a little something-something, check out our Share Your Space Writing Guide