How To Get Great 3D Interior Renders


A step by step guide on how to get from the image in your mind to “WOW that’s what it will look like!”

Communicating your design to a 3D designer is often the main challenge faced by anyone wishing to visualize their designs. Like any design process, the end result is a direct reflection of the effort and care taken during the process. A brief lacking in detail will force the 3D designer to guess some elements and will often results in something not quite like what you wanted. Anything, of course can be changed, but changes waste time and make the whole process more frustrating than necessary.

To avoid this common pitfall, follow this step by step process when compiling your brief. This process addresses all the details that are required by the 3D designer to precisely follow your design.

STEP 1 – The Floorplan

Include your floor plans with dimensions. Ideally this would be provided in CAD or Sketch-up file, but hand-drawn files are also fine. The most important part is that you tell the 3D designer which area you want drawn, and which angle you want to see the room from.

STEP 2 – Floor Materials

Provide a description and photos of the floor materials – for example, tiles, carpets, wood. Photos are best (just grab examples from internet sources like google images, that show what you want the floor to look like). If your design is complex (i.e. you need multiple different materials in one area of a unique design, it is best you send a drawing of this).

STEP 3 – Wall Materials

Just like in step 2, provide descriptions and photos of the wall material – for example paint colours, wallpapers, tiles, special textures. It is best you provide a photo for each material and indicate which wall this is for in your brief. This can be done in CAD or very simply in power-point. Don’t forget to include details of any coving, skirting boards, or other trims you would like. For complex wall designs, it is best to provide elevation drawings. For simple walls designs, just a photo is fine.

STEP 4 – Interior Features

Include details of all interior features, example the style of any staircases, window frames, internal doors etc. Again, is it best to provide photos or drawings. Dimensions are also important here.

STEP 5 – Furniture & Accessories

Specifying the exact furniture you want in your 3D, will really make a big difference to getting things exactly as you imagine. However, this part can also be time consuming and therefore costly. The best approach is therefore to include photos or 3D models of the furniture you want used. Though to save time and cost, let the designer know if he can replace these with similar models or they have to be exactly s you have specified. Don’t forget to show which location each piece is to be used, and details or the fabrics/finishes you require.

STEP 6 – Fabrics and Window Treatments

Include photos and description of the window treatments (i.e. the design and style of the curtains, or blinds, and fabrics for these). Also include photos or designs for any soft furnishings, such as cushions or throws you need on the sofas, chairs and beds.

STEP 7 – Lighting

Provide photos or drawings of light fittings, downlights, wall-lights, floor-lights etc.
Also advise what mood you want in your 3D, a night or day scene? Don’t forget details of the materials/finishes to.

STEP 8 – Art and Accessories

Provide details of any wall art, mirrors frames. You should specify the dimensions, materials and location for these, as well as provide photos or drawings. Likewise, include photos or 3D models of any accessories you would like included and where these should be used.

Following these 8 steps, will result in a detailed brief enabling the 3D designer to quickly and accurately produce 3D interior renders of your design.