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4 Tips for Instagramming Your Interiors

It’s all about that Instagram game, right? From the right editing apps to the perfect flat lay, it’s so much fun to experiment and get that perfect shot. So I’m so excited to have Kathy Kuo back on the blog to show us her 4 Tips for Instagramming Your Interiors! And if you haven’t seen Kathy’s latest posts, check them out here and here! Happy ‘gramming!


featured image www.andrewjhoward.com
left image via www.lichtencraig.com
right image via www.jaymearmour.com

1. Emphasize Vertical Lines

Image orientation is key when posting on IG—especially for interiors. And now that Instagram has eliminated its 1×1 dimension rule, it’s easy to post beautiful images that accentuate all of the details in your home. For interiors, vertical images perform much better than horizontal images. This is especially true if you have high ceilings or any other vertical aspect to your home, like stairs or pillars or a chandelier. Use these features to your advantage! While horizontal photos may seem to capture more of the space, vertical photos offer a closer, personal touch that’ll make your home look bigger.



left image via www.mccroskeyinteriors.com
right image via House Beautiful

2. Be Symmetrical

In interiors, it’s all about placement and symmetry. Choose a focal point for your room, like a chandelier or a statement piece of furniture, and make sure it’s at the center of your photo. From there, make sure to style and arrange your furniture so that one side of your room doesn’t look heavier than the other. If you have matching lamps or end tables, make sure they’re even spaced. Also, remember that what looks symmetrical in the room may not look symmetrical from the angle at which you’re taking the picture. Cheat it! You can always put things back in place once you take your photo.  



left image via kathykuohome.com
right image via  tammyconnorid.com

3. Use Color and Texture

The most important tip for posting interiors on Instagram is to make sure your home is well styled. Read these previous articles on styling a coffee table or three ways to style a console to ensure your home is picture perfect. We really like adding bright pops of color, like a bold lamp, or a textural element, like a styled bookcase, to add visual interest.     


image via Cristine Huve Interior Design

4. Brighten Your Images

Our last tip is to brighten your images. No one likes the idea of a dim room, and lighting is key to bring out the details of your home. Is there a secret formula? Some images we brighten in Photoshop, others in photo apps like VSCOcam or Snapseed, and some look great with just a touch from the IG brightening tool. But the key is to make your interior look bright and airy with no dark corners… without making the image appear washed out or overexposed. 



  • Great tips for interior photography. Love the images you choose for the article.
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  • Courtney says:

    Thanks so much for the awesome tips! This is going to help me so much!! The pictures are phenomenal, by the way! So open and inviting! Great content ?

  • Jabeen says:

    Wow these are beautiful photos and great tips!
    Jabeen x

  • Anais says:

    Loved this post! Such simple yet powerful tips !!
    Going home tonight and practicing my instagramming 😀

    Lots of love, Anais


  • Ev says:

    Love it!


  • Diana says:

    This post is so beautiful – love the curated photos! And color and texture helps tremendously with decorating and instagramming your interiors. Thanks for the tips!

    Diana | http://thechicdiary.com/blog/5/5/2016-girlboss-modern-home-office-and-work-space-inspiration

  • Elizabeth T. says:

    Loving all of these great tips <3 I've slowly been getting better and better at the flatlay, and interiors were the next thing I was going to challenge 🙂 I always have a hard time with the symmetrical lines, but lately, I've started using the grid that's included in the Camera app on the iPhone, and it's helped tons! Loving all of these great images! Looking forward to even more interior posts next week!

    XO, Elizabeth

  • La Bijoux Bella | by mia says:

    Just beautiful … A wonderful idea to learn from! Merci for a great tip Mademoiselle Chriselle! 🙂

    La Bijoux Bella | by mia

  • Ashley says:

    Great tips! Thanks for sharing 🙂

    XOXO, Ashley

  • Monica says:

    Love all of these tips! I just wish my camera could take photos with that wide of an angle xo

  • Jesica says:

    Fantastic tips! I love showcasing symmetry in interior photos, it just looks so elegant <3

  • Deborah says:

    Great tips, love this kind of posts!


  • Anne says:

    These are really great shots and really great tips!

    Anne’s Scribbles and Doodles | Bloglovin’ | Instagram

  • Liesa says:

    Great advice! Thanks for sharing!

  • Ujjaini says:

    I always have difficulty photographing interiors properly. Thank for sharing!


  • Thuy says:

    5 stars for this post. I LOVE the blue bookshelf photo under BE SYMMETRICAL. YAS QUEEN. 🙂


  • manuela says:

    Hi Chriselle, Amazing pictures!!!!!!!
    they inspire me for my new home!!!!!!
    thank you so much
    xoxo M.

  • Monika says:

    Love these interiors!

  • Paula says:

    This looks lovely! Dream home! Great tips too.

    Paula- http://www.livingpaula.com

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