Interior designers face the same battle as every design professional – getting the ideas across. Despite numerous sketches you may still find your client goes elsewhere and often they end up with something of lesser quality or an almost identical result to what you were trying to portray to them.
Face it! Clients cant read plans or interpret sketches! They need to see it. It isn’t practical to build a mock real-life scene, especially when you need to make changes, but it is quite feasible to use our 3D interior rendering services. And making alterations to our images are easy, fast and cost effective. You can have the same quality that you see throughout this website and to any design you desire.
Despite the quality of the renderings you see here and the length of time we have been creating them, there have been problems with the process of briefing, creating and the final delivery of the images. These problems never stemmed from the ability of the interior designer or our ability as 3D artists. They were caused from the interface between the two professions. Interior designers were still new to the idea of 3D renderings and we had trouble interpreting the briefs.
How did we fix it? We enhanced the communication pathways and simplified the whole process. And we also started taking more of a hand in the outcome of the image – after all, if it looks terrific then it is! Interior designers now have access to our complete 3D rendered scene catalogue and our complete library of 3D furniture items. This alone solves half of the briefing problems as you, the interior designer, can choose from an extensive range of decorator and furnishing items to fill a scene regardless of whether you actually have an item in stock.
You may also provide details of individual furniture items that we will model in 3D to your specifications and fabrics. You can even design your own furniture items and see them in 3D as though they were real!
Creating a Brief
The brief is the first and primary form of communication between you (the interior designer) and us. Creating a definitive and easy to follow set of instructions means we will get the renderings looking perfect quicker. Keep in mind that we are not mind-readers, so we cant take just any set of furniture and make an interior 3D rendering that suits your ideas.
An interior rendering brief requires three major components:
- The structural shell, architectural features
- The Interior design
- The “Look and Feel”
Putting the time in early to get the information right is going to save you and us a lot of time and reduce any 3D alterations needed to the scene. Keep in mind that considering we are building a perfect 3D scene you will need to get us all the information that you would require if you were building the scene in real life.
The structural shell
We need plans in CAD format or at least a precise measure up. You need to provide window sizes and types, handrail details, moulding styles and sizes and ceiling features such as bulkheads and air conditioning ducks. Whatever can be seen needs to be recreated in 3D to correctly build and depect the interior design scene.
The design of doorways and kitchens is also necessary, and dont forget things like dooorknobs and handles unless you dont mind us using generic versions. If you can see it in the real life interior then we will need to create it in the 3D interior design rendering.
The plans or CAD files can be in metric or imperial measurements as we work in both.
We are compatible with all major CAD applications.
The interior design
You must provide colours, furniture, floor coverings, surfaces, drapes, etc. Once again, everything that can been seen in the real interior needs to be re-created in the interior design rendering, so we need to get the details to make it work. We can improvise in 3D to some extent, but it isn’t advisable to force us to improvise more than 25% of the final product. You can supply furniture details from our 3D rendering catalogues or from photographs.
When taking interior photographs please supply all angles to help us. Digital pictures are fine, in fact they are best. Remember, we need to recreate each piece and detail design as best as possible, so the more pictures you give us the easier our job will be.
Interior fabric samples need to be photographed to include as much surface and design pattern as possible, ensuring that we can see the beginning and endpoints of each pattern. Try to take pictures of fabrics perpendicular to the surface to ensure the sample is not distorted. You can do this by hanging a sample on a wall or by putting it on the floor and standing above it (or on a chair/ladder) to take the picture. Even lighting is good and if the room is bright enough then preferably with no flash. If you cant get a sharp picture without flash then it is OK to use it.
You also need to supply a floor plan with the location of all items, colours and details.
The look and feel
This is where the mind-reading part kicks in! We have absolutely no idea as to what you are looking for with regards to look and feel of your interior design. You know that it is possible to create many different looks with the same pieces of furniture so you can expect that we will magically know which look and feel you desire.
The best way to get your design idea across is with a photograph of an existing interior scene. The picture could come from a magazine, a website, your previous work of one of the scenes you see in this website.
Don’t underestimate this portion of the brief. One good picture to show the style you want can save us weeks of revisions!