This section will walk through various Midjourney tools and techniques to generate high-quality interior design imagery. You can use these visual assets to plan your own home renovation, or accelerate your interior design business.
We will introduce a prompting template -- think of it as a general recipe that can be reused for every single image generation. We will also discuss Midjourney features that are particularly helpful for interior design:
- Remix Mode to generate controlled variations
- Permutation Prompts to systematically explore combinations of options
- The /describe Command to reverse-engineer prompt modifiers from an image
- Linking an inspiration image in the prompt
Starting from Scratch
In this section, we will provide a repeatable template that can be universally used by interior designers. It consists of the following elements:
- mood and lighting
We will eventually chain these elements into a single prompt using additive prompting. Now let's walk through an example and discuss each of these elements in turn.
- An established interior design style (e.g.
- The name of an interior designer (e.g.
- A recognizable furniture brand (e.g.
- A theme from outside the realm of interior design (e.g.
Disneyfor a children's room)
green and black) or the general tone (e.g.
Mood and Lighting
happy) or a specific type of lighting (e.g.
low key lighting).
Putting it Together
To obtain the final prompt, simply chain all the elements above:
Here is Midjourney's interpretation of this prompt:
Remix Mode: Incremental Prompt Tweaks
Since prompting is more of an art than a science, we rarely get it right the first time. Image generation is an iterative process and requires multiple iterations of prompt tweaking.
In Midjourney, you might be tempted to copy-and-paste a previously issued prompt and then modify it. But there's a more effective way to incrementally get closer to the desired output! The technique is called Remix.
Remix allows you to generate variations of an output that you like, with modifications in the prompt. For instance, say that we wanted to preserve as much as possible of the art deco livingroom above, but change the color palette to burnt orange.
First, we need to activate Remix mode:
- In the panel that opens up, click on the "Remix mode" button:
We can now tweak the image above by clicking on the "Vary" button under it:
Since we activated Remix mode, we'll see an option to modify the prompt before producing the variation. This is the chance to replace the green color palette with orange:
The output is indeed a very similar living room with the one above, but with an updated color palette:
When it comes to interior design, we don't always know what we want. We spend time looking for inspiration, building moodboards, and comparing various options.
Midjourney offers a convenient way of sweeping through combinations. Say that we are trying to decide between two interior design styles (art deco and bohemian) and two color palettes (green and burnt orange). With the Permutation Prompts feature, we can quickly visualize all 2x2=4 options.
To achieve this, we will replace the style and color elements of the prompt with lists of options. The style element becomes:
Note that the options are enclosed within braces and separated by commas. The color element becomes:
Putting it all together, the new prompt is:
Note that, unfortunately, 4 is the maximum number of combinations currently supported. Midjourney will ask for your confirmation to expand the prompt into 4 jobs. Here are the results:
Starting from an Inspiration Image
When it comes to interior design, rarely ever do we start from scratch. We usually have an inspiration board with a handful of images that reflect desired styles, pieces of furniture, or general mood. In this section, we will discuss how to coerce the AI to take inspiration from a reference image.
Say that we feel inspired by a photo of a coastal living room we found in Architectural Digest, and want to envision a bedroom in this style. In Midjourney, there are two ways of leveraging this reference image: via the
/describe command, and by directly linking to the reference image.
The describe command is very intuitive: given an image, it returns a prompt that would generate something similar. Simply type
/describe in the Discord input box, then attach the reference image.
We can reuse these modifiers to retain the style of the original image, but change the subject (i.e., bedroom instead of livingroom). The table below uses the prompting categories established in the previous section to list the prompt modifiers we can borrow:
|Modifier borrowed from /describe output
eva rothschild, lilia alvarado, beach portraits style, organic architecture, modernist influences, perfectionist style
white and wood tones, light pink and light brown
|mood and lighting
zen-inspired, en plein air beach scenes, playfully intricate, sleek
We can now plug these modifiers into our prompt template:
bedroom | eva rothschild, lilia alvarado, beach portraits style, organic architecture, modernist influences, perfectionist style | white and wood tones, light pink and light brown | zen-inspired, en plein air beach scenes, playfully intricate, sleek | wide view | magazine quality shot, high-resolution photography, interior design --ar 16:9
Linking to the Reference Image
/describe command was valuable in descovering prompt modifiers that get us close to the inspiration image, it does require quite a bit of work. A quicker (but less controllable) way of taking inspiration from an existing image is to link it directly in the prompt:
- Paste the reference image into Discord
- Right-click on it, then click "Copy Link"
- Issue an
/imaginecommand that contains the link of the image, followed by your desired content, e.g.
https://s.mj.run/nM0nPTB7ZrY coastal bedroom --ar 16:9
Practice: Remembering Chelsea Hotel
The Chelsea Hotel is an iconic New York City landmark built between 1883-1884. Throughout the years, it has hosted and inspired numerous cultural icons like Janis Joplin or Andy Warhol. Today, as it faces the danger of extinction, it is a bitter-sweet reminder of the passage of time.
This exercise invites you to take inspiration from the maximalist style of its few remaining residents and produce imagery of a Chelsea Hotel-inspired livingroom. Here are some ideas for experimentation:
- Issue trial prompts to gauge whether Midjourney knows about the Chelsea Hotel.
- Find imagery online of the hotel interiors.
- Use the
/describecommand to figure out style modifiers.
- Link to inspiration images directly, and add modifiers borrowed from the step above.
Choosing an Inspiration Image
The Guardian has an article titled "Bohemian Rhapsody: Inside New York's Chelsea Hotel". We can take inspiration from their hero image (and also note the double entendre in the title, where "bohemian" refers both to the Queen song and the design style).
Borrowing Modifiers from
After running the
/describe command on the reference image, we can build the following table with prompt modifiers:
|Modifier borrowed from /describe output
david lachapelle, thomas nast, john anster fitzgerald, primitivist style, maximalism, baroque exuberance, opulent, rich and immersive, quirky details, life in new york city, gilded age
|mood and lighting
colorful melancholy, naturalistic nostaligia
Finally, we can put together the following elaborate prompt:
livingroom in the chelsea hotel | david lachapelle, thomas nast, john anster fitzgerald, primitivist style, maximalism, baroque exuberance, opulent, rich and immersive, quirky details, life in new york city, gilded age | red, gold | colorful melancholy, naturalistic nostaligia, disturbingly whimsical | wide view | magazine quality shot, high-resolution photography, interior design --ar 16:9
And here is what a Chelsea Hotel-inspired livingroom looks like:
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