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When it comes to making changes to your existing home, or deciding to build a new one, you’re going to need some great inspiration (and to do copious amounts of research) before you can get started.
More than that, you will need to have a clear idea of what you want to achieve before you retain the services of an architect or interior designer.
Here are seven places that you can find inspiration for your home.
1. TV Shows
Faced with an array of highly stylish television show sets featuring impeccable interiors, it’s hard to ignore the effect that television can have on our home decor choices. Shows like Mad Men with its Mid Century Modern style, Killing Eve with the Parisian chic, and the eclectic nature of Monica’s apartment in Friends are great examples of style that is relatively easy to translate to your own home through a well-chosen accessory, paint colour or item of furniture.
Looking at nature is a really good way to generate some inspiration for your own home. For example, if you feel a serene sense of calm when walking through a forest, then it is well worth considering decorating with earthy greens and greys and neutral browns to help recreate the feeling in the areas of your home that are intended for relaxation.
Nature can also provide inspiration when it comes to colour palette, texture, pattern and artwork, so start by creating a moodboard to see all your ideas in one place.
Before buying a large item of furniture like a sofa, dining table or bed, make a note of its dimensions. Then, in the room for which that item is intended, mark out those dimensions on the floor/walls using masking tape to get a sense of how that item will feel in the room.
Practice moving around as if that furniture was in place – can you move around freely? Will you still be able to open doors, cupboards and windows effectively? This is the best way to really experience how that item will fit in your home before you make your final purchase decision.
There is a wealth of homes magazines available that are great sources of inspiration. They will highlight trends, new products and finishes as well as style tips and practical how-tos to help you bring your dream home to life. Stock up and cut out or save images or articles onto a moodboard.
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4. Hotels and Spas
Hotels and spas (as well as bars and restaurants and National Trust properties) can be really inspiring when it comes to decor ideas for bedrooms, bathrooms and kitchens. You might find bathroom tiles, bedlinen or kitchen storage ideas that you just can’t live without and it can often be inexpensive to recreate a similar style in your own home.
5. Social Media
Pinterest and Instagram in particular are flooded with inspirational ideas for your home. The images are often highly stylised, but can give you great ideas for colour combinations or practical uses for underused spaces. If you are on a budget or want to take on some DIY, then it is definitely worth looking on YouTube for advice from people who have done similar projects.
6. Room Sets
Plenty of high street stores set up room sets in their home departments so you can get a sense of how items can work together in a room set up rather than viewing products in isolation. This can be incredibly useful if you struggle to imagine how certain items will look in your home. Visiting the showrooms also means you can touch the fabric and test out the items from a functional point of view before committing to a purchase.
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Clothing trends can influence home interior trends, especially when it comes to colour – but do remember that trends are transitory and will change frequently. If you are shy about colour, keep the main colour palette of your home neutral and use soft furnishings to inject pops of trendy, fashion-inspired colour into your home.
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