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!
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.
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.