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Get The Look: Turning Cropped Bedroom Photos Into A Beautiful Master Suite

One of the biggest frustrations of working in interior design is that a room you decorate almost never looks as good when photographed as it does in person. It’s difficult to get a good angle of a room while you’re in it (making many interior photos lopsided or oddly cropped), and photography tricks that make for a good picture don’t always show off the room in full detail. One I’ve been thinking about a lot lately is a popular favorite on Pinterest: bedroom photos that feature half a bed plus a little room. Like so:

Half bedroom photos are a popular way of encapsuling a bedroom design, but don't always give a full impression of the room (by Marker Girl Home)
Half bedroom photos are a popular way of encapsulating a bedroom design, but don’t always give a full impression of the room (by Marker Girl Home)

Why It Works

Full disclosure: I’m actually a huge fan of this style of photograph composition. I think it’s a great way to break a bedroom down to its component elements – especially in a space that’s too small to fully photograph. And you do get the most important pieces: the bed and bedding, night stand, and table lamp. They’re also absolutely the perfect type of bedroom photos if you want to steal a color scheme rather than the design itself (for example, this soothing, seaside-inspired combination of soft blue, gray, and off white). But while it’s a good jumping off point (and those cropped edges certainly do inspire you to fill in the blanks), it’s quite literally not the full picture.

Even a cramped view of the whole room reveals important elements that a pretty, cropped version can't convey (by Marker Girl Home)
Even a cramped view of the whole room reveals important elements that a pretty, cropped version can’t convey (by Marker Girl Home)

Get The Look

So what does the full view show that the half image doesn’t? Well, you get a better look at the bed frame, bedding, and pillows, not to mention a look at the ottoman and artwork. Admittedly, the nightstand and table lamp get a little obscured in this view, but you can also see the’res a lot more to the space than just the bedroom set. A gray chaise and side table really help round out the plush, sleepy vibe of the space. More importantly, you get a much better sense of light levels – something that can make or break this kind of subdued light-neutral color scheme. Bonus: did you SEE that chandelier? A perfect little spot of glam that helps elevate the whole design.

Is my takeaway that you shouldn’t be hoarding a pin board full of heavily cropped bedroom photos? Of course not! I do the same thing! But if you’re in the process of gathering inspiration for a bedroom remodel, it’s important to be aware of what you can and can’t glean from looking at a picture, and not forget to envision the space as a whole.