12 tips for interior rendering from expert designers

12 tips for interior rendering from expert designers include how to set the composition, textures, lighting and animation for an interior space.

Welcome to our article on interior render tips! Whether you're a professional interior designer or simply looking to spruce up your living space, creating a realistic and stunning interior render can take your design to the next level. In this article, we'll be sharing some expert tips and tricks to help you achieve the perfect interior render every time. So, sit back, relax, and let's dive into the world of interior design!

The rendering tool we use here is D5 Render, which is a free standalone real-time rendering software. You can give it a try, or use your own renderer.

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Photographic Composition

Great composition can take a design from basic to breathtaking, making all the difference in the final product. In rendering, composition allows you to create a scene that is both visually appealing and realistic, drawing the viewer's eye towards the key elements of your design while maintaining a sense of balance and harmony.

  1. Use the rule of thirds

Divide your frame into thirds and place your key elements along those lines, rather than directly in the center. The composition grid of D5 Render can do a favor. You can turn it on at Display > Option.

  1. Pay attention to the field of view

The update of D5 Render 2.4 enables an automatic conversion between the field of view and the focal length. Put simply, the longer the focal length, the narrower the field of view, the less of the scene you can see.

It's better to avoid a wide field of view in interior rendering like 90 degrees, which could cause a distortion along the edge of view.

Artist: YYR | A wide FOV
Artist: YYR | A narrow FOV
  1. Consider the focal point

Choose one element of your design to be the focal point and build your composition around that. A good point is to use the depth of field which could blur the part around the focal point. This is especially helpful when you want to display a specific area or object.

Go to Camera > Depth of Field in D5 to set the effect.

The depth of field can be used in animation as well. Read this blog How to create cinematic animation in D5 Render with Depth of Field to learn more.

Interior design with D5 Render
Artist: BKsama

High-quality textures

The quality of textures can greatly impact the overall look of your interior rendering. Low-quality materials can detract from the realism especially when you need a close shot of them.

We will offer some tips to create detailed textures with the user-friendly texturing system of D5 Render.

You can also choose from over 1,000 high-quality PBR materials in D5 Asset Library including wood, wallpaper, wall paint, ground surface and many other kinds, all of which are ready-for-use.

Learn about the free textures in D5 Render

  1. A proper UV

When you stretch the UV of a texture, its format will look denser. So, make sure to give it a proper scale according to the actual condition. You can also switch on 'Triplanar' to get a smooth and continuous texture UV on an irregular-shaped object.

Triplanar Mapping
  1. Round Corner

The Round Corner option could bring an obvious rounding effect at the edge of the material, making it look more realistic.

  1. Some dirt or scratches on the surface

You can import a dirt image to the Roughness column to simulate the imperfections on the furniture surface.

Dirt maps from Quixel
The dirt on the cabinet

Proper lighting

Realistic lighting underlies the quality of rendering. With the advanced global illumination solution of D5 Render, interior designers can get a stunning lighting effect within a very short time.


1. Choose an HDRI for the scene when you want a particular vibe for the space.

2. To quickly create an atmospheric light and shadow, place some trees outside the window, so the sun will leave a nice projection.  

Artificial lighting

1. Add a large rectangular light outside the window to cover the whole model, which can add more reflection details on the metal objects.

2. Add some strip lights in the dark corners, such as a cabinet, as accent lighting. This can make the space look more layered.

Ambient lighting
Accent lighting

Animation with dynamic models

Animation is an advanced tool for interior designers who wants to breathe life into their scenes. So, how to acquire vivid animation? We also have some recipes.

  1. Use dynamic assets in the D5 Asset Library.

  1. Use the keyframe feature to make an animation of turning on a light.

More info: Attract more audience with cinematic animation in D5 Render | Full guide on how to make one

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