Even though I love decorating, I sometimes find myself losing my way or feeling confused as to what look I am actually going for in my home. Either this leaves me paralyzed and unable to move forward, or I begin spending time or money in random directions that never end up coming together. When I need a little clarity, the following three tips help me to define my style and give me confidence to move forward with a look I will love.
Tip #1: Brainstorm “inspiration words” to define your style and the mood of your home.
Think about places you love (or would like to go!), the style of your home’s architecture, the landscape or terrain around your home, inspiration from favorite books, flowers, hobbies, etc. (For more help in finding inspiration words, skip to Tip #3!). Use a few inspiration words to paint a picture in your mind of what your home will look like. You might love the coast and decide your home’s inspiration words are beach, casual, cottage, airy, breezy.
Tip #2: Make a list of treasures you’d like to collect or find over time.
Once you have a short list of inspiration words, you can zero in on appropriate ideas to focus on as you move forward with your projects, rather than go with every style whim or buy every random trinket you see.
Making a list of the kinds of things you want to have in your home helps save tons of money (no more random purchases you don’t know what to do with once you get them home) and gives you some fun things to scout out at garage sales or thrift stores.
It also helps you weed out the things you no longer need in your home.
Tip #3: Find appropriate inspiration photos.
Look for photos in magazines that evoke the feelings you want to have in your home. For best results, find rooms that have something in common with yours, such as size or style of windows, similar room layouts, comparable architectural styles, or other similarities.
Don’t get hung up on worrying that it is an expensive room full of things you can’t have. That is stinkin’ thinkin’. Recreating a look on a budget is fun and completely doable.
Decide what you love about the inspiration room and find a way to get the same feeling for less money. Focus on a few small details that are easy to reproduce, like open shelving displays, types of lighting, color schemes, curtain styles, mix of woods or fabric patterns you love.
I designed or decorated my last three kitchens based on inspiration photos, it really helps! There is no shame in being inspired by beautiful rooms.
Have fun for finding inspiration for a home you’ll love!
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