Andrea Ahedo, our Visual Media producer, is back for another tip! (Check out how to make a mood board here!) If you ever wished you could have your house try something on–whether it be a paint color, wallpaper, light fixture, art!–this post is for you! She’s sharing 4 of her tips and tricks to try before spending a dime on design. Take it away, Andi!
When you tackle a home project, how much time is spent solely making decisions? Do you dive deep in mood boards and Pinterest for a week, weighing options? Are you one to set up camp in the kitchen and stare at paint samples in different light for the weekend? Or when you have an itch to change what’s above the mantle do you just shop to your heart’s content and unbox allll the options? You can return what doesn’t work, right…
Needing to “picture” something in a room that’s being worked on is a normal occurrence at CLJ! Maybe they haven’t nailed down the light fixture in the bathroom remodel yet, should a TV go in the living room above the mantle? And Faye’s room: did you see how many wallpaper options there were?! I’d like to make a case for two top tools you should lean on when design decisions have you feeling stumped and stuck: Lightroom & Photoshop. In a “Tech Support” fashion, I’m going to walk you through four common project decisions you can take to the editing room and get results in minutes.
(Before we begin: These tutorials are done in Lightroom & Photoshop Creative Cloud, which is a subscription bundle. You can get the Photography bundle which includes both programs starting at $9.99 You can also get a 7 day free trial for both programs here.)
An adjustment brush in Lightroom will not only let you see your kitchen cabinets in one color, but literally any color on the spectrum. It couldn’t be easier:
Feeling good? Ready for more? Onto Photoshop
This tutorial works best for seeing how a light fixture would look where there isn’t one already. Think adding sconces to your bedroom, a chandelier above the dining room table, etc.
This is how we most recently tried on different wall paper designs in Faye’s bedroom makeover!
This last how-to uses the same tools as the light fixture tip, which is why I saved it for last. You’ll be feeling like a seasoned editor now!
Decision fatigue in home design is a real thing. But I feel like so much of that weight comes from the uncertainty of not knowing how things will play out in a room. So if you already have wallpaper samples, paint chips, and Pinterest in your toolbox, you might as well add Lightroom and Photoshop too.
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