When renovating your home or decorating a room, you might have a clear vision in your head of how you’d like the space to look. You’ve already pictured the colors, furniture, lighting and furnishings you’ll need. The only problem is, no one else can see your vision. This is where interior design drawings come in.
Why do you need a drawing for interior design?
Getting your ideas onto paper gives you a clear plan to refer to when choosing colors and furniture. If you’re working with a team, a detailed drawing ensures everyone’s on the same page.
It can be hard to verbally communicate ideas, leading to mix-ups and problems that need to be fixed. Think of the drawing as a kind of blueprint for the room that everyone involved can use.
As the space slowly transforms from a building site, there’ll be all kinds of important things to think about. A detailed drawing can act as an end goal to aim for, keeping your mind focused.
Tips when creating your drawing
1. Think about proportions
When drawing a person’s face, you learn in school that you need to think about proportions and spacing or the portrait will look strange and off-putting.
When it comes to interior design drawings, the idea is the same. Map out how much space you have to work with and draw accordingly. There’s no point creating the perfect room if there’s no space to put everything once it’s completed.
2. Draw with light sources and add shadows
With any drawing, thinking about light sources and the impact they have on the subjects is vital. It makes your drawing look more realistic and professional. If you aren’t sure how to draw with shadows, read our blog for some handy tips.
When creating an interior design drawing, think about the light sources that will be in the room. Is there a main light or smaller lamps? Does the room get a lot of natural light from windows? What effect does the light have on the room’s features?
During the drawing process, you might realize that some areas of the room aren’t getting enough light. This can help you to decide if you need extra lamps during the planning stage.
3. Create the perfect color blends
You have a general idea of the colors you want to use when decorating a space, but when you create your drawing you might realize that colors you hoped to use don’t complement each other.
This is why it’s so important to use the exact blends of colors you want. Experiment with different tones to see which combinations work together. This can help you to eliminate ideas. You might be surprised which color blends you like best.
Finding a color tone you love before you even reach the hardware store can make the paint technician’s job a lot easier. If you have an example to show them, they can find you the perfect match.
Unsure of how to use Chameleon Pens to create different color tones with just one pen? Watch a helpful tutorial to find out.
4. Use different textures
When designing a room, it can be difficult to know which textures combine well. For example, you might have to commit to a kind of floor from just a sample piece. With your interior design drawing, you can play with different texture ideas to see what works well.
Use Chameleon Pens to add texture to your work and see if that wooden flooring complements the leather sofa you had in mind. If you aren’t sure how to build texture with Chameleon Pens, then read this helpful tutorial that shows you how to create fur.
5. Don’t include the furniture
If you aren’t 100 percent sure on the furniture you want to include in your room, leave it out completely. Draw everything else and use the blank spaces as a kind of template that you can use to try different furniture pieces.
Cut out pictures of furniture from magazines or print them out from websites and look at them in the space you’ve left one by one. It might help you to get a clearer idea of how they’d look in your room and lead you to a decision.
Some great examples of interior design drawings
Here are some gorgeous examples of interior design drawings that the Chameleon Creative Community have produced.
This piece from @alyona_krivetskaya shows just how useful it can be to plan out a room with a drawing. She was able to experiment with different color ideas, finding a pink that she loved to use as a splash of color against the grey sofa.
Instagram user @hanii.098 used Chameleon Pens to create this stunning interior design drawing. By drawing the large windows, she was able to realize just how much natural light this room receives.
All of that light allowed her to use darker browns in the flooring and furniture with the room still feeling bright and airy.
Master your coloring techniques with Chameleon Pens
If you’re struggling with shading, shadows or color blends, make sure to download our guide to color techniques. Whether you’re an amateur looking to explore a new hobby, or a veteran looking to master their skills, there’s something in the guide to help you color like no other.