Where to Look For Design Inspiration

It’s been nearly a year since we were told to ‘Stay Home’, and while many of us prefer working from home now, we may be getting a little sick of our current décor. If you’re thinking of renovating or redecorating your home, but not sure where to start, we’ve got some places that might help you look for design inspiration.

Books and Magazines

Books and magazines are a treasure trove of inspiration. From vivid descriptions in novels – hello Manderley –  to beautiful photos in magazines. And it doesn’t have to be home and interior magazines that spark inspiration, fashion and photography magazines can be just as good. From the colours and patterns used in fashion shoots to the combination of colours in advertisements. 

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If you’re looking to add artwork to your walls, picture books are great. Vintage flora and fauna books often have beautiful watercolour images. Choose the pages that have the images you want and cut them out. Use a guillotine to neaten the edges and then put them in oversized frames to create a curated gallery wall.  

Travel

Travelling to new places can be a great way to feel inspired again. Travelling by train is great because it allows you to sit back and watch the world go by. Check the train times for nearby places, whether you head to the coast one day or into a nearby city, a change of scenery can go a long way to getting your creative juices flowing. 

Nature

From vivid wildflowers to bright autumn leaves, dusky skies to shaded under growths, if you’re looking for an abundance of inspiration you only have to go outside. Natural colours don’t have to be muted, in fact the more time you spend in nature, the more you realise that no two greens are the same, no blue sky is the same shade, and you’ll see flowers with clashing colours everywhere.  

Architecture

Your home might not be as ornate as the Brighton Pavilion and you may not have a long gallery a la the homes in Bridgerton, but that doesn’t mean you can’t turn to different architectural styles to find inspiration. From over-the-top and utterly ornate architecture to modern minimalism, art deco to brutalism, there’s a style of architecture out there that can be adapted to your project. 

Whether you scroll through Pinterest looking at dream houses, or you head out and explore your local area, you’re sure to find the inspiration you’ve been looking for. 

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