Brittany is a PC gaming addict! Her favourite genres are simulation games, tycoons, RPG, city-builders, puzzles, and more!
House Flipper is an interior designer's dream! With all the DLC, updates to the base game, and Steam Workshop content, you can decorate and design to your heart's content from a multitude of options.
Still, there's a definite lack of wall art to choose from when you're renovating. While the game comes with some paintings and posters, and other players have created options on the Steam Workshop, there's something even better in the game that allows you much more creativity - the option to add custom photos!
This article goes over how to add custom pictures into your House Flipper game, tips for finding nice artwork, and design ideas!
This article is only for the PC/Steam version of the game; unfortunately, the console editions of House Flipper (Nintendo Switch, PS4/5, and Xbox) cannot add custom photos.
Download and Save Photos
Before you start playing the game, I recommend finding a collection of photos that you'll want to decorate with (more tips on finding photos below!). Once you've found a photo you want to use, download it to your computer (usually just by right-clicking on the image and selecting "save as").
Move any pictures you want to use in the game into your House Flipper gallery folder. You can find this on your computer by navigating to C:\Users\<YOURNAME>\AppData\LocalLow\Empyrean\House Flipper Game\Gallery
Your AppData folder may be hidden by default; if you don't see it, you can change your settings to show hidden folders. Navigate to Control Panel > File Explorer Options. From there, click on Select View > Show hidden files, folders and drives. Hit Apply, and then OK. Navigate back to the C:\Users\<YOURNAME> folder, and you should be able to see the AppData folder.
If you're planning on adding a lot of pictures to your game, it's a good idea to create a shortcut on your desktop that goes to the Gallery folder (so you don't have to navigate to all those folders each time!).
You can do this by going to "House Flipper Game" folder (as directed above), right-clicking on the Gallery folder, and then selecting "Send to Desktop (Create Shortcut)"
Placing Your Photos in the Game
Once you're in the game and renovating, open your tablet, and click on the camera button. You can also bring up the camera option by pressing the "M" hotkey.
In the camera mode, there are two icons: an icon that looks like a camera, and one that looks like a picture. Select the picture icon, and that will bring you to the menu where you can pick photos from your gallery folder.
If you placed the pictures you downloaded correctly, you should see them all on this screen. Select the one you want to use.
The next screen will show you a preview of the photo, and sizing options. All pictures you download turn into canvas artwork in the game (there are no options to add frames).
By default, the "autofit" box is ticked - leave this ticked, as it'll make sure the photo fits proportionately on the canvas.
You can drag the sizing bar to choose the width and height of your canvas. I find this part of placing photos a bit finicky because there's no way of knowing what the proportions will look like until you actually place the artwork into your game. But you can get rid of any paintings you've placed by selling them with your tool gun.
When you're satisfied with the size, select Buy Now, and you'll be able to place your painting on a wall.
The pricing of your canvas increases and decreases depending on the size; the smaller your canvas is, the cheaper it'll cost, and vice versa.
You may have to play around a bit with the canvas and sizing (which means buying, selling, and buying the same canvas a few times), but that's okay.
When you're happy with the way your art looks on the wall, you can leave it there, move it to another place in the house, or even rotate it.
There doesn't appear to be any limit to how many custom photos you can have in your gallery folder, or how many custom photos you can have per house. Just note that having too many photos can slow down your load time, or increase the time it takes to open up the photo menu on the tablet.
How to Find Good Artwork for House Flipper
At this point, you might be wondering where to find art to use in your game. Of course, if you're talented enough, you can use your own drawings or paintings. I'm not artistic, so I "borrow" all my images online from other talented artists.
Here's where I've found a lot of great artwork:
- Pinterest - Pinterest is my favourite place to find art for House Flipper. Just search for the kind of art you're looking for, and Pinterest will give you a ton of suggestions. Clicking on a picture you like will bring up similar pictures, so you can easily find a lot of photos within whatever theme you're going for.
- Google Images - This isn't exactly some hidden secret, but Google Images is an easy way to search and find art. Again, search for the kind of art you're looking for, and browse the search results until you find what you want.
- Fine Art America - This website has tons of artwork - everything from modern pieces, to classic art, and anything in between. You can browse art suitable to use in the game by clicking on the Art Prints section of the site, then selecting the artwork you want. Save the image to your gallery to use it in your game.
- Society6 - Much like Fine Art America, Society6 is an online store for art (they have more minimalist, photography, and print art), but you can browse the Art Prints section there too, and download any art you love.
Again, you can save any images found on Pinterest, Google Images, Fine Art America, or Society6, by right-clicking on the photo and saving it to your gallery folder.
Please be mindful that the art you're using in your game is created by real artists; if you're sharing screenshots of your game online, don't take credit for the artwork and give proper attribution if you know the name of the creator. If you really love the art you've found, why not support the artist and buy one of their prints in real life?
Create Your Own Art!
If you're creative, you can certainly make your own art or posters to use in the game. Some free places to create your own artwork are:
- Paint - all Windows users have Paint installed on their PC by default. You can create artwork in paint, and use it in the game.
- Canva - Canva is a great place to create your own art! You can make posters or canvas art and use Canva's free tools to edit and add design elements.
- SumoPaint - this site is a free online alternative to Photoshop. It has heavier editing tools than Paint, so you can get really creative.
You can also use photos you've taken in real life! If you have your phone's gallery backed up to the cloud (or if you have your images stored on your computer already), you can save them to your Gallery folder and put them in your game.
The same thing goes with artwork around your house - why not take a photo of it, edit it using Paint or SumoPaint, and then save it into your game?
With any art made on the sites above, or photos saved on your computer, make sure the file types are .jpg or .png, or else they won't be recognised in the game!
What Kind of Art Should You Use in House Flipper?
Taste in art is highly subjective, so I won't tell you what art to use in your game - it's up to you, or potentially your clients!
But here are some fun ideas that've I've used before:
- Ocean prints - I love doing coastal-themed renovations (particularly in the beachside houses in the HGTV DLC). You can find some really lovely ocean or beach prints on Pinterest to decorate with.
- "Funny" posters - It's always a nice touch to add a poster with a funny or clever saying to a bedroom or kitchen.
- Abstract - I love abstract art, and it looks really nice in the game. You can find colours that complement the theme you're going for in your renovation.
- Minimalist - this is the kind of artwork I have in my home in real life, and it looks really nice in the game, too.
- Nature/Floral Prints - these look great in bathrooms, or bedrooms!
- Surrealist - add some quirkiness to your renovation!
- Kid's art - cute pictures of animals or drawings look great in children's rooms!
- Framed art - though you can't add frames to the canvases in the game, if you find a photo of framed art and place it, it actually looks framed in the game!
- Window panes - this is a nifty little trick; if you search Google Images for "window canvas" you'll find pictures that look like open windows. You can place them in your game (use the biggest sizing options) to give the effect of an open window or balcony. It actually looks pretty good in the game (see below for an example)!
- Signs - One of the things I like to do is take the houses in the game and make public spaces; coffee shops, restaurants, florists, etc. You can create or find signs to decorate these places and make them look more realistic.
If you find the perfect picture online, but it has a border you don't want, download and crop it using Paint, or your computer's photo editor!
Need More Inspiration?
Check out the gallery below of some of the houses I've decorated in the game, featuring custom photos on the walls.
You can also have a look at a build I shared online for more inspiration: gallery of the "Abandoned House" I renovated into a Florist (and there are lots of custom floral paintings in the build)!
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