How Not To Be Fooled By AI Renderings

How Not To Be Fooled By AI Renderings

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Living Room, Yorkville

How To Not Be Fooled by AI Renderings

In today’s world, it’s becoming increasingly difficult to distinguish between real and digitally created images. With the rise of Artificial intelligence (AI) and its capability to produce realistic images and interior renderings, it’s important to stay cautious and avoid misleading visuals so you don’t get a false sense of what’s possible in interior design. In this blog, we’ll go over some ways on how to spot digital renderings so you’re not fooled by AI.

1. Picture Perfect Images 

You know the saying ‘If it’s too good to be true, it probably is’. One tell-tale sign of an AI-produced image is when everything looks too perfect. Real life is never flawless, and unfortunately, even the most well-designed and well-planned interiors will have slight imperfections. Pay attention to small details like overly symmetrical patterns, perfectly aligned objects, and excessively polished and clean surfaces. Natural imperfections and variations give character and authenticity to an environment. So, if it looks too good to be true, it might be a rendered AI image.

2. Lighting and Shadows

Lighting is an important aspect of interior design, and it can elevate a space. When looking at images, take a look at the lighting and shadow. If the lighting appears unnatural, inconsistent, or overly bright, it’s most likely an AI image. Real-life lighting is intricate and dynamic with shadows changing depending on the angle and intensity of light sources. In contrast, AI images may have a perfect wash of light without the complexity of natural lighting. 

3 Materials and Textures

Materials and textures are key factors in aesthetics and creating a tactile experience in an interior space. Texture is hard to replicate in renderings and AI images so keep an eye out for wood grains, fabric patterns, and surface finishes. If the textures or materials appear overly smooth or lack the natural variations and imperfections of real materials, it could be a sign that it’s a rendered image. 

Foyer, Yorkville

Real-life photos pop with textures and colours; renderings strive but miss the raw vibrancy.

4 Natural and Realistic Colour Tones

Colour is an essential element of interior design and has the power to greatly impact the mood and atmosphere of a space.  Bright colours exist, but even in photographs bright tones will still look realistic. In AI renderings, colours may appear too bright, overly saturated or lack the subtleties of real-life colours. Pay close attention to shadows, highlights, and colour variations as these are natural occurrences in real spaces.

5  Scale and Proportions

The proportions of a room and everything within it are vital in interior design and they can significantly affect the overall balance and harmony of a space. In AI images, the scale of objects and furniture may be unnatural and awkward. Pay attention to the specifics such as the size of objects in relation to the overall space, the height of furniture in relation to human scale, and the placement of objects in the room. If an object appear to be out of proportion, it’s most likely an indication that it’s an AI render.

6 Image Sources

A quick and easy way to identify AI produced images is to check the image source. If the image is from a professional interior design or architectural firm, it’s more than likely real and credible. However, if the image lacks a photographer’s tag or is from an unknown source, it’s important to be cautious and consider the possibility of it being a digitally produced image. Always try to verify the credibility of the source and cross-reference the image with other reliable sources to ensure its authenticity. You can do this by simply going on Google and doing an image search.

At Level, we tag our images to reference additional photos of the same project.

Primary Bedroom, Yorkville

Final Thoughts


To recap, with the advancement of AI and rendering technologies, it’s becoming much easier to manipulate people with heavily altered images giving a false sense of what’s actually possible in interior design. We hope this blog gives you some insight on how to identify AI-produced images.

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