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Virtual Photo Redesign

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I came across this photo on Unsplash (the one on the left) and decided the room had nice lighting but could use a bit of a makeover. I think the intent of the photo is to highlight the writing on the wall… maybe? To me, it just felt like a bit of a mess and kind of a sad waste of a nice space.

This is probably someone’s living space so hopefully they never read this post (what are the odds)?

Since the room itself had potential, it occurred to me to give it a virtual redesign using some photo editing.

I’m certainly no interior designer, but my thoughts are that every main room should have some of these basic features:

  • Real or artificial plants – to bring nature in.
  • Organic materials like wood, baskets, & linen.
  • Modified organic materials like metal, glass, & pottery.
  • Rich textures in accent pieces like pillows, throw blankets, & rugs.
  • Artwork

Here is the original photo and then my redesign.

living room before picture

Even though the redesign looks a little bit superimposed (because it is), I think it came out nice.

living room after redesign

If you like any of the furniture, the photo below has numbered links for each item I added.

living room after picture

1. Ottomanson Collection shag Trellis Area Rug 5’3″X7’0″ Grey 2. Arteriors Jacob Cocktail Table note: there is a cheaper alternative coffee table that is similar.  3. Rivet Revolve Modern Sofa Bed, 70″W, Linen 4. Empire Art Direct Amaryllis Frameless Tempered Glass Blue Flower Panel Graphic Wall Art 48″ x 32″ x 0.2″ Ready to Hang 5. Artificial Silk Bird of Paradise Palm Tree Potted tree Artificial Travelers tree, Artificial Silk Plant,artificial tree 6-Feet, 4-Feet high, Green (Size:70″ high 41″wide with Seagrass Belly Basket) 6. Lohoms Modern Accent Fabric Chair Single Sofa Comfy Upholstered Arm Chair Living Room Furniture Grey 7. Rustic State Brooks Wall Mount Hexagon Wooden Box Shelf | Distressed Walnut Varying Sizes Set of 3 8. Convenience Concepts 203230ES Console Table, Espresso

Do you have a room that could benefit from a redesign?

Planning your room’s theme is something most people should do, but it’s not super easy.

It’s a costly commitment.

I know personally the rooms in our home are just a hodge-podge of stuff we’ve accumulated over the years – very mismatched furniture randomly placed about.

It seems like a large investment to completely redesign a room – but as the items above show, you can do it relatively inexpensively with a few key pieces.

My big lesson in design has been: LESS IS MORE.

Here are a few helpful apps that you could use to do a virtual makeover:

  • Homestyler Interior Design – Use the website or app to create a 3D model that allows you to design every aspect of any room in your home. – iOS or Android – Free
  • Havenly – The app version of their website Havenly, this tool allows you to get interior design advice from your phone – iOS or Android – Free
  • – Access real, shoppable content from bloggers, influencers, and celebrities who are in the community. Find and follow your favorite influencers so you never miss their posts. iOS or Android – Free
  • Houzz – View in My Room in 3D – When you are browsing products via the Houzz app, those products that are available for View in My room 3D will be marked with “View in my Room” just under the main photo on the product page. Any product marked this way can be viewed in 3D.  – iOS or Android – Free

Color Apps:

  • Vivid Paint Colors – This paint swatch app with all the most common paint brands will replace your need to go to a paint store for paint swatches – iOS only – Free
  • ColorGrabLoomatix created this Android app that allows you to capture colors using your device’s camera. You can then save and index these colors and the app will help you find the perfect color combinations. Android only – Free

Measuring Apps

  • MagicPlan – This app allows you to map your entire house out (now including doors and windows) using your phone or tablet’s camera. Watch the demo video on their website. – iOS or Android – Free to try.
  • Photo Measures – Take a picture and draw your measurements on the photo with the PhotoMeasures App – this comes in very handy when you are shopping and need to know exact measurements backed by the visual photo of the item. Also great to provide accurate info to a contractor. – iOS $6.99 or Anrdoid $4.99.


What about you – does your home design consist of just adding things as you buy them? Or, do you plan everything out with an app or a photo like the ones above?

What are your thoughts?

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