One of the most common sentences I hear when people speak of building or decorating a home is “I don’t know where to start”. If you are new to the home decorating world and the associated decisions and spending, the choices can be so overwhelming that your mind goes into instant overload. I have some advice. Whether you are building from scratch or wanting to revamp your rental the best place to begin is inspiration.
Gathering inspiration helps you to recognise both the things you love and just as importantly, the stuff you don’t like. Most of my clients begin searching the usual way via home and decorating magazines. This is great initially but the problem with this is that I have yet to meet anyone who wants to duplicate someone else’s ideas. I believe your home should be uniquely yours so after identifying the things you like and don’t like, I suggest looking to the places you have been and loved, or perhaps places you would love to go. Inspiration can come from restaurants you love to eat at or even bars or clubs where you’ve had the best time. What atmosphere do you want to surround yourself in or more specifically how you want your space to feel?
Pinterest is single handedly the most useful tool available to start searching for inspiration. Open an account if you don’t have one already and pin everything that catches your eye. Not just interiors but landscapes, artwork, furniture, lighting even outfits and typography. All these things remind you of colours you love, texture and patterns you admire and will guide you in the direction of the vibe you want to create because strangely, decorating is less about how you want a space to look and more about how you’d like it to feel when your home.
All images via Pinterest
I pinned these images randomly and as quickly as I could without concentrating too much on what was in them but on how they made me feel. This is the secret, analyse each of them later to identify what it was that made you feel this way.
If you invest some time and identify your style, you instantly eliminate many of the choices which in turn makes it easier to concentrate on the decisions you have to make. Less choice equals less confusion and less confusion means decorating your space can be fun instead of frustrating.
Next post we will chat about how to refine your images and create a mood board that you can refer to when making your many decisions and purchasing the big stuff. In the meantime have heaps of fun collecting inspiration and contact me here with any questions you might have!!