How To Take A Great Interiors Shot For Instagram

From fashion bloggers to home cooks, globe trotters to interior designers, Instagram has quickly become the place to showcase wow-worthy images to have everyone swooning. But how do you nail your best Instagram shot yet?

We asked Ingrid Rasmussen, our go-to interiors photographer and the talent behind our Original Habitat home shoots, to share her top tips on photographing interiors for your social media channels. Get ready to start impressing your followers with these 5 fail-proof tips for the next time you grab your phone and take a snap.

Wooden dining table with multi coloured metal dining chairs

TIP 1: DECLUTTER 

Before you start taking the photo, have a look at your shot and remove anything you don’t consider beautiful. Remember, less is more, but don’t clear so much that your home no longer looks lived in! Need help decluttering? Read blogger, Anna Newton’s top tips to streamlining your home.

Living room shot with upholstered sofa and white throw with brown rug

TIP 2: USE NATURAL LIGHT 

Although your first instinct may be to turn on all your lights before taking a photo, don’t do it – artificial lighting can make your space look yellow. Natural lighting looks a lot nicer and will give your photo a softer, more natural look. If after a couple of shots it still looks dark, pop your camera on a tripod and use the long exposure mode.

White hallway shot with rose gold round mirrors

TIP 3: STRAIGHT LINES 

Look at your shot through the lens and check all of your lines are straight and not at an angle. If you need to turn your head to look at the image, then rejig the shot. A useless tool is the grid on your camera or phone, as it will help you line up your shot perfectly before taking it.

Bedroom shot with the grid photography rule

TIP 4: WHAT CAN YOU ADD IN OR TAKE AWAY?

Once you’ve nailed your angle, it’s time to get styling. Have a look at your shot both through the lens and without and decide whether you need to add anything else into the shot or take smaller bits out. Does it need some flowers adding to a vase or a plant adding in? Remember, the smaller details can truly bring a shot to life.

White shelving with plants and decorative items on

TIP 5: SPEND TIME LOOKING AT YOUR SHOT 

It’s all in the detail with your shot, so spend time looking at it and perfecting it. Are your cushions straight? Are all the chairs lined up neatly? Is there something that is blocking something else in the shot that needs moving? Are your pictures straight? These are just a few questions you can ask yourself when finishing off your shot. The best advice is to take your time to really check all the elements in the shot.

Living room shot with artwork. decorative accessories and chairs

With these 5 simple tips, courtesy of Ingrid, you’ll become an Instagram superstar in no time. Just watch those ‘likes’ roll in!

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