Picture this, you’ve decided to renovate your home and you want a new, modern and fresh look. If that’s you then what a great opportunity you have to install your character and personality into your surroundings, see your rooms as a canvas waiting to be painted on. Where should you get inspiration from though? Where is it that you start?
Well I’ve found that the key is to soak up everything around you that you enjoy. This can be done when you’re out walking and enjoying yourself, think about the colours you like, the unique textures etc. Why not visit places like museums which are packed to the brim full of amazing design and architecture ideas. Explore magazines, take note of people’s house design ion movies, look at interior design magazines and just let your imagination run wild!
Think about the last perfect holiday that you enjoyed, think about your surroundings and what you enjoyed about them, picture the surroundings and features that you enjoyed most and recreate them in your own home.
You need to take a disciplined approach to interior design. Rather than coming up with good ideas and letting them slip by you, make sure that you’re noting them down throughout the day. To do this, always carry a notepad and pen with you, yes I know you can use your phone but there’s something much more creative about using a pen and paper plus it allows you to sketch down your ideas and inspiration if neccessary.
Photography is another way of cataloging and finding inspiration in your surroundings. If you’re able to, go out and take pictures of things that you like, whether these are in nature or in buildings. Make sure that you print out your photographs and collect them in a scrap book that you can work through at a later date too. You don’t need an expensive camera or anything professional to do this either, simply take your smart phone with you and get snapping.
After you’ve catalogued your design inspiration whether they’re pictures of wooden sculptures or cladding, or perhaps a particular design of wallpaper, it’s time to source your materials. When you are choosing materials you’ll want to first think about the colour and texture that you’re after, you can then use this to narrow down your choice into individual designs. The same principle can be applied to furniture selection too.
Hopefully I’ve given you ideas of areas that you can draw inspiration from and how you can begin fitting together your ideas, I know that this approach certainly works for me.