Top Unusual Places You Can Find Decorating Inspiration

Home decorating is one of those things that some people really look forward to and seem to excel in, while others find the process a bit more trying. It can be hard to create a vision and then make that vision a reality. One thing that can help is to find something that acts as inspiration for a room. From that point you can choose colors, textures, and prints that represent and then bring the inspiration to life.

So where can you find decorating inspiration? Well there are the typical spots like home decorating magazines, showrooms, and televisions shows, but that’s not the only place you’ll find inspiration. Here are some unusual places you can look.

Your Favorite Accessory

There’s a good chance you have a favorite accessory in your life whether it be a prized pair of shoes, a luxurious bag, a vintage watch, your iPhone case, or a lovely necklace. Have you ever stopped and wondered what draws your eyes to your accessory? What makes it so special? Why is it your favorite?

Let’s take for example your iPhone case which may be artistic, modern, filled with bling, or simple and clean. Think about it, each of those answers represents a decorating style or design. Why not use those design elements you love and translate that into décor items in your home?

Fashion Magazines and Your Own Closet

Fashion magazines can act as another great way to find design inspiration. If you don’t have any of those handy, take a look in your closet. There is a good chance you favor certain colors, possibly prints/textures, and styles. These are elements that can be worked into such things as paint color, accessories such as cushions and throws, the color of your dishes, the style of your furniture, etc.

In terms of how easy it is to take inspiration and turn it into a design, fashion is one of the easiest routes to take, so it’s ideal for novices.

Let Nature Guide You

Another wonderful place to find design inspiration is in nature. Take a walk around your neighborhood, explore the local park, or venture out on a hiking trail. You will be amazed at just how many ideas and how much inspiration nature can provide you with.

Start with Just One Item

Another approach is to start with just one item you really love. Maybe you found a dining table that called to you, perhaps you have a painting that has been passed down through your family, or maybe it's a duvet cover that you just had to have. Let that one item guide you and start to shape how you put the room together. It can help you pick colors, furniture, accessories, and even guide you in the layout.

Let Your Inner Designer Out

Even if you don’t see yourself as the designer type, you may be pleasantly surprised at just how good you are at it once you learn how to tap into that creative side.