3D Interior Design: 6 Mistakes that only Amateurs Make

Looking to set your renovation/ interior vision up for success? Using a 3D model is a great method to ensure your design project goes to plan – as long as you choose your CGI artist wisely. Otherwise, it can be an extremely costly mistake.

With 3D interior design renders becoming all the more popular, it’s important to choose an artist who knows what they’re doing, and can help make your dream a reality.

This guide will show you the standards you should expect from an experienced CGI artist and how to detect the ones who will negatively impact your project.

What is 3D Interior Design?

Using a CGI artist to create your bespoke 3D interior design is a great way to effortlessly bring renovation ideas and client visions to life.

Days of hand sketching multiple copies of plans and trying to get features to scale are long gone -the use of 3D modelling software has revolutionised interior visualisation

A CGI artist can create accurate and realistic 3D interior plans for all your projects and ideas. Using 3D design software, they are able to create an accurate scale model from your plan. Room measurements, home items, furniture and more materials are then added to bring the vision to life.

3D rendering software tools are then used to create realistic images for the client.

How Do Professionals Use Interior Design Software?

Computer-aided design software is a vital part of the interior design process, and when used to its full potential can bring your vision to life, allowing you to experience walk-throughs and virtual demos.

Interior design software is a much more efficient way to design, allowing for 3D models and quick presentation of floor plans. It allows clients to have more input in the planning process, and designers can easily make changes to the 3D models according to this.

3D modelling software enables intricate details to be added with a room planner mode. Effects that can be added include:

  • Addition of colours 
  • Natural and artificial lighting effects 
  • Natural shadowing effects
  • Textures added to surfaces
  • Materials added to features for a realistic feel

High-quality 3D computer renders are photorealistic, and even the best are difficult to tell apart from real-life photos.

6 Newbie Interior Design Mistakes

Novice interior designers will commonly make simple mistakes that every experienced professional avoids.

Be warned – professional CGI artists will be quick to spot these newbie mistakes.

Not being competent with their 3D interior design software

If 3D design software is not used correctly, the final plans will show unacceptable errors.

When mistakes are made with software, unrealistic designs can be produced. This might involve, at best, unappealing decorative ideas and cluttered space, but can be easily changed if detected by a professional.

At worst, mistakes such as miscalculations in a floor plan scale will not only spoil the final design, but the resulting layout issues may spell financial disaster for the project.

It is essential that key details such as height clearance and room functionality have been carefully considered. Fortunately, these issues are easily avoided by choosing a reputable CGI artist.

Focusing too much on being photo-realistic

It’s easy for amateurs to concentrate on the small details and forget about the design brief. Often, this will result in room plans that do not meet the client’s expectations and time wasted trying to rectify the issues.

A professional CGI artist will be able to capture the floor plan of the room perfectly. The correct proportions of flooring and ceiling will be included, along with every essential feature in the room.

Most importantly, the final design presented to a client will be solely focused on the overall brief and design specification.

Poor communication with the client

A novice designer will often unintentionally neglect communication channels and the collaboration opportunities between business and client that 3D modelling can provide. This is the quickest way to hinder projects and break trust with clients.

Clients want hands-on involvement with the design plans, so they can see their visualisations develop room by room. This is only achieved with good communication between the CGI artist and their clients.

3D rendering software is perfect for enabling clients to stay in the loop and keep informed on the progress of their interior design projects. They can request changes, which can be quickly and easily amended by the designer, ensuring satisfaction right up until the end of the project.

Opting to play it safe

Newbies will stick to neutral colours and a bland furniture layout that sits alongside the walls regardless of the design brief – highlighting their lack of confidence. This might seem like a safe option, but interior design professionals will pick up on the distinct lack of personality in the design plan.

A professional CGI artist will be able to design a layout that enhances the space offered by every room. Each floor plan will inject bold ideas to get the perfect result that the client is looking to achieve.

Each design plan needs to take advantage of innovative 3D modelling techniques, so the resulting photos will burst with character. Clients want to feel the emotion from each render, so don’t be afraid to add your own unique ideas.

Not staying up to date on the latest trends

In the interior design world, trends are constantly changing. What is fashionable today might be out of favour tomorrow.

A knowledgeable designer will be up to date with the latest trends. They’ll know what to include in their designs and which ideas will quickly date a room, or devalue a home.

It’s not acceptable to present the same design ideas repeatedly. Constant growth and self-evaluation are needed, along with the presentation of new and groundbreaking ideas for the benefit of clients.

A professional CGI artist won’t be afraid to try new things – adding unique furniture pieces, flooring, or materials to get the design right.

Overcharging and underdelivering

A professional always ensures that they understand and follow every brief so the process continues smoothly, and the client is satisfied.

The quickest way to cause delays is by needing to make excessive alterations to 3D rendering plans. This will cost the client valuable time and money.

A novice may also use a free home design tool to cut costs. It goes without saying, a free interface will never be able to compete with 3D interior design tools used by professional CGI artists and should be avoided at all costs.

These free home design tools lack depth and quality, leading to poor renders, bad floor plans, and disappointed clients.

Why you should hire a professional for your interior design project

No amount of time or patience will replace the level of training and experience that a professional CGI artist can bring to a project.

If you want a stress-free project that produces unique and functioning design plans, you need to ensure your CGI artist has the knowledge you require. This won’t just save you time and money – their contacts and access to professional resources will ensure your plans are up to a standard you both can be proud of.

A talented CGI artist will bring unique ideas to your plans and provide style, inspiration, and strength – a novice may end up causing irreparable damage to your vision. If you want your design done right the first time, there really is no other solution. Contact 3D Lines today to talk with us and see what a professional can do for your project.