By: Sue Pitchforth
Where does inspiration come from? For some, it might be a piece of art, furniture, a cushion or an overall feeling. It’s one of the biggest dilemmas that homeowners have when they are thinking of decorating their homes.
As a designer, my goal is to have my client’s home reflect their family’s personality.
Here are five things to consider when looking for your inspiration:
- Function vs design. It’s hard to have both, especially when you have a young family. Function usually wins out with young families – but that doesn’t mean that your home still can’t look amazing!
- Make a list of what your dream home would look like. Everything from the furniture, accessories and even the feeling you would like to evoke. Then take a realistic look at your list and see what you can actually accomplish with your budget and get a little crafty!
- Visual cues. It’s always easier to physically see a room or elements of a room rather than picture it in your mind. I love checking out Pinterest.com and Houzz.com – they are addictive. Gather your ideas and keep them in folders online. You can also create your own “Inspirational Style File” with magazine photos and color swatches. Be sure to revisit your selections as your tastes change!
- Upcycle. If you love a piece of furniture and cannot afford it, see if you paint something you have that creates a similar look? Reupholster your old sofa chair? You’d be amazed at what a pop of paint can do to transform and update a tired piece. Why not take an old dresser, remove a couple of shelves and replace them with wicker baskets? From boring to "wow" in a matter of minutes! New fabric can have the same effect and completely change a room!
- Surround yourself with things you love. Collections, family history or mementos from a vacation. These really lend themselves to creating a unique and personal space. This is one of my favorite things to do as a designer. The homeowner’s reaction to the vignette that we create with their loved items is always so powerful.
Don’t let inspiration elude you any longer. Grab a cup of tea and do some inspirational research! You would be amazed with the inspiration you'll find!
Create that special room and bring in your family's personality. When you walk up and put your key in that door you should be excited to get inside!
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SUE PITCHFORTH - Home Decor
Sue Pitchforth of Décor Therapy Plus is an award winning International Decorator/Stager. She appears regularly on television and radio and loves sharing her passion of decor and staging. Her zest for life, creative ideas and fascination of everything decor makes her an inspiration to homeowners. She is thrilled to join this amazing team and looks forward to sharing ideas for your home that won't break the bank.