I love interior design, and although we’re still renting and it’s difficult to make many changes, I still make mental notes whenever I come across anything that I fall in love with. Hopefully, when we are finally in the position to buy, my rooms will be a reflection of my years of research!
For those of you who are thinking of redecorating your own place, I just thought I’d share with you a few things that inspire my creativity.
Show homes in your area
I find show homes to be fantastic hubs of interior design expertise. Specialist companies will be brought into show homes with the purpose of making each and every room look as good as possible. With this in mind, what better place to get some ideas for your own living space?
You know the ideas will work, you’ll get the very best tips on how to accessorise the space, and of course how to use lighting and colours to make the rooms seem brighter and more spacious. If you’d like to see some examples of show homes, head over to emblemfurniture.co.uk to see their latest work.
View other properties on your street
This may seem a little sneaky, but it doesn’t hurt to look at what other people in your neighbourhood are doing. On the one hand, their homes will often be a template of yours. It can give you ideas on how you can expand to create the kitchen-diner of your dreams, or the entertainment space you’ve always wanted.
On the other, it can help you to decide on colours and patterns that will suit your space because of the light certain rooms will get, or even disregard them after you’ve seen them in the flesh.
I am practically obsessed with Pinterest! I have so many boards dedicated to home interiors, as you find the most beautiful examples of how people have used colours and textures to maximize the potential of a room. Not all of them are experts either; you can find many people who use re-pinning images as a way of telling their own story behind re-decorating their home.
Of course, I always turn to magazines and their glossy images for my scrapbook. The best part is that with such a huge online following too, the best interior magazines have regular posts on their websites for top seasonal trends.
Life and cultures
Although I don’t get to travel much, I always try to take design inspirations from the different countries and cultures I experience. Not only does it bring you happy memories each day, but it’s a way of reflecting your personality and life experiences to each and every person that walks through your door. I love the romantic French style at the moment, so I’m looking to incorporate a little of this into our living space when we move. If you’d like more ideas on using your travels in your home style, click here.
I hope you found these ideas useful! Are you doing any redecorating this spring?