If you’ve been reading this blog for a while, you know I am big on before and after photos. But you may not realize the surprising reason WHY taking these photos of your interior is so important!
Obviously, taking before and after photos gives you a basis of comparison when you’ve made some improvements in a room. Here’s the “before” of the living room attached to the recent kitchen remodel we posted about here.
Viewing the before and after photos of a room from the same angle helps you better see the improvement after your design is executed. Here’s the “after” from the same angle:
But there’s more to it than that – viewing before and after photos of your room enables for you to look at it in 2D, rather than 3D. And that’s when you can see issues you may not recognize when standing or walking through the space.
You know that feeling when you know there’s something wrong with the room, but you just can’t put your finger on it? Many of my clients say just that: “I just can’t figure out what’s wrong with the space. Something’s off, it doesn’t feel right, but I have no idea why it isn’t working!” Taking photos (especially when facing the focal point of the room) can reveal an imbalance of decor or color, and can help you see what may need correction.
After the completion of this project, I took this photo facing the fireplace. When I got home and uploaded the photos to my computer, what was WRONG hit me in the face. Are you seeing it???
First, let’s talk about what is right with the room. The seating arrangement is centered on the fireplace, the pair of chairs counterbalance the sofa, and the blues and yellows are well dispersed. We selected the furnishings several years ago when the homeowner lived in a previous home. Oh, and are you noticing how fabulous that fireplace looks?? I had an artist selectively darken pieces of the painted fireplace brick to give it back some dimension. You can do something similar with this product!
However, it is immediately obvious to me that the curtains on the window create a lopsidedness when compared to the french door on the right, which looks bare in comparison. I immediately texted my client and suggested she hang an additional pair of curtains over the door. Yes, you can hang curtains on either side of a french door! Just push them out to where they sit over the trim and the wall space outside the door, and they won’t impede passage out the door. Here’s the result:
Nothing’s ever perfect, and there are always things to improve – like getting a larger rug and moving the curtain rod up a bit on the left. But the additional pair of curtains really do make the room appear more balanced and welcoming. The before and after photos prove it!
Next time you are trying to figure out how to improve your own rooms, take a few photos. The most important shots to take are facing the focal point of the room (in this case, the fireplace) and from the entry of the room. Analyzing the rooms in 2D may be exactly what you need to figure out what improvements need to be made!
Here’s a shot from the kitchen where you can see the placement of the television:
Has taking photos ever helped you figure out what’s needed to solve your design dilemmas? Leave a comment if you always take before/after photos when decorating or designing a space. If you missed the amazing kitchen remodel that’s adjacent to this living room, you can check it out here!