3 Tips for Rendering Interiors

Besides being a terrific 3d room planning software, pCon.planner also is a tool for visualizing and presenting your interior designs. That is why we are sharing rendering tips from time to time on facebook, in our video tutorials and here on the blog. This time our focus will not be on the technical aspects but more on alleged trivialities that can be deciding factor when it comes to presenting spaces and interior concepts.

1. Eyes straight ahead
When it comes to the rendering of interior scenes, basically the same ground rules apply as for shooting interiors. This means that you should watch the vertical lines and edges and try to parallel them to the picture margin. In pCon.planner you can avoid merging lines by using cameras and leveling them or by using the Camera Type Architect in the Media Maker.
Render of an Empty Living Room with Merging LinesRender of an Empty Living Room with Leveled Camera

2. Turn on the light
When scrolling through a catalog you might have noticed that almost every time the lights are turned on. Using lamps as light sources fulfills several purposes: they fill the room with soft light, make the picture inviting and give it a polished look. For renders it also seems the thing to do. You can turn on the lights by placing light sources in suitable places – for example in place of a light bulb, a spotlight or a luminous tape. Depending on the kind of light you want you can choose between different types of light in pCon.planner, namely these are Spot Light, Point Light, Directional Light and Area Light. Or you can use Self-illuminating Materials.
Render of an Empty Living Room with Lighting

3. Decorate
Decoration can help to create a certain vibe and to convey what you want to show with the render. A coffee mug and a notepad on the desktop, magazines stacked on a coffee table, books on the racks and pictures on the wall really get the message across that this room is made for people. You have access to a broad variety of 3d models you can use to furnish and decorate the space in the 3d Warehouse and in the pCon.catalog portal. Simply go to the click on the button 3D Warehouse or Catalog – which you can find in the Start Tab pCon.planner – and insert your desired object.
Render of a Decorated Living Room

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9 replies on “3 Tips for Rendering Interiors

  • Kendall Everett

    It’s a good idea to decorate the area that had been 3D rendered. If the room is decorated, it’s easier to see what the space is supposed to look like and what the vibe is like you mentioned. At this point, it might be a good idea to work with the interior designer to make the space as accurate as possible.

  • Timmy

    You are absolutely right, Kendall! With pCon.planner you can easily send your DWG file to the interior designer. He can help you decorate it and after that he sends the plan back to you. And you can also edit things like you want to present it to the customer in the best way possible.

  • Georgia B

    I love your tip on including light. There is such a difference between the two example pictures! Without the light, the room looks a little cold and off-putting. Having lights on in the rendering bring a warmth to the room and make it much more inviting, as you said!

  • Bobby Saint

    I like that you provided some tips for rendering interiors such as by turning on the light. It’s amazing how the right lighting or bulb can make a room stand out. You may want to experiment by using different types of lights and bulbs and check the effect of each based on the brightness of the light and how much space it can illuminate. This should certainly provide additional appeal to your project. If I were to make my own architectural rendering, I would definitely keep this in mind. Thanks.

  • Elsa Anderson

    It seems amazing how nowadays one can plan and design their projects using these 3D rendering applications that you mentioned. This could potentially make my planned home construction project a lot easier to conceptualize. That is why I would be sure to follow your tips and even hire a service to do it for me professionally if possible. Thanks!

  • Iggy Thornton

    It’s actually really hard to make the lighting work when don’t have a lot of experience, I’ve had trouble making it really believable so I have to be constantly checking with the guys who have a little more experience, though I find out imagination goes a long way when decorating the renders, that makes up for the fact that I’m still learning. But well, I guess I’ll eventually get there… Thank you

    • Anna

      Hello Iggy,

      Thanks for your feedback. We can assure you that you are not alone. Finding the right lighting for your scene actually is one of the hardest parts when creating renderings. But, with practice, you will eventually get there.
      If you want to reach your goal faster, you should check out our pCon.planner trainings.

      Best regards
      Your pCon team

  • Stefan Kaertner

    As an architect or interior designer, rendering beautiful 3D interiors is my favorite part. With tighter, more intimate spaces, the smallest changes in light and shadow can have major impacts. The arrangement of materials or objects can turn a scene from sensational to “meh.” And, if done well, choices regarding composition can give the scene its atmosphere and emotion.

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