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Five inspirational sources for interior design ideas

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Five inspirational sources for interior design ideas

The sky’s the limit when it comes to creativity. Interior design is no different, and if you like to play with colors, decor, and fashion, then getting inspiration for your interior design ideas can be as simple as stepping out of your home and into your nearest shopping plaza, concert arena, or upscale restaurant. Truly, you can get design ideas from anywhere, so let’s look at some great ways to get you inspired.

Design with sound

Listening to music is a great way to gather inspiration for your designs. By listening to unique music you wouldn’t normally favor, you can put yourself into a different frame of mind and start thinking differently about the look and feel of a room. You can start to hear the color, see the layout, feel the overall aesthetics. It sounds surreal, but if you’re designing for someone else, make a playlist of some of their favorite songs. Get yourself in their mood and let the sound of the music flow through you and into your work.

Let fashion be your passion

Patterns, colors, styles, and textures are all part of the fashion world. Just go to your nearest shopping mall and look at all of the different, vibrant trends that exist. We’re living in unique times where fashion trends from the sixties, seventies, eighties, and nineties can all be seen in any given place all at the same time. Use these colors, textures, and styles to inspire you to design something unique and superb for your home.

Sparkling designs

Take a visit to a jewelry store and look at all of the unique and elegant designs. Gems combined with precious metals can provide interior designers with brilliant ideas. For example, a one-of-kind piece of estate diamond jewelry can inspire the design of an equally distinctive chandelier, custom lamp, or other elegant fixtures for a room. Complementary arrangements of gemstones with gold, platinum, or silver can also serve as the inspiration for home decor ideas like upholstery patterns, paint color combos, and tiling.

Take a vacation

Want to add something exotic to your interior designs? Visit other places, other countries. Step outside of the routine and go do something you’ve never done before. Then think of how the sights, sounds, and how you feel can be incorporated into one of your designs. In other cultures, you’ll find different uses for raw materials. You’ll notice creative space-saving designs that are only found in those areas. You’ll inevitably be inspired when you visit a place you’ve never been to before.

Even if you don’t have the time or money to go on a long vacation, go on a road trip and go visit some unfamiliar local places. Better yet, rent a motorcycle or a convertible car and feel the wind rushing through your hair as you travel down new roads and take in your surroundings. See that rustic barn over yonder? Notice that historic tucked-away mansion? How can these be incorporated into your designs?

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Crafts and hobbies

Another unlikely source for interior design inspiration is crafts and hobbies. Visit toy shops, crafts stores, art suppliers, and other places that dabble in various crafts and hobbies. Look at the colors, shapes, and textures of materials. Get a good feel for how the different materials and concepts work together. Visualize what a room would look like based on these concepts.

You could even take all of these ideas and mix and match them or put them all together. Your designs are unique to you, but that doesn’t mean you can’t take inspiration from somewhere else. Let these ideas make their mark on your subconscious. Let them flow through you. Pretty soon, you’ll wake up truly inspired, and this will show in your unique designs.

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Design: Colour

Colour your world

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Colour your world

Full of design “inspo” colour is a major influencer in the world of design. It can enhance and punctuate a monochromatic space, it can create drama in a room or do the opposite and create a relaxing serene environment. However you use colour in your space, you definitely know it can set the direction and complement the style of your home.

Whether you enjoy the simplicity of “white” walls with the flexibility of injecting colour with your furnishings and accessories, or whether you are drawn to using colour on your walls, undoubtedly a splash of this year’s popular bold and rich hues are sure to leave you feeling all the love for colour in your life. Rich jewel tones, deep earthy plums, corals, and soft pinks as the “new” answer to neutrals, or bright cheery greens and yellows and blues of all shades — there’s a broad spectrum of possibilities available, and inspirations galore.

Richly patterned fabrics and area rugs, coloured saturated tiles and bold wallpapers lend themselves well to creating a space with a personality all its own. However, if this all seems a bit too much for you and your comfort zone lies deep within the monochromatic white-on-white look, never fear as colour can still find its way into your home in the subtlety of artwork or even the lushness of this year’s hot trend of fresh green plants. Whatever your heart desires, there is definitely an abundance of ways to colour your world! Colour can find it’s way into every room in your home, especially the kitchen, where white cabinetry has moved aside for everything from shades of soft and pretty blue greys to deep blues and greens. However, let’s not forget about our appliances, both large and small, which have taken on a life of their own when it comes to colour.

So, give your home a little “facelift” with an inspirationally stylish and sophisticated blend of colour, pattern and texture. Then sit back, relax and enjoy all the beauty you have created.

Here are a few tips to get your colour inspiration started:

  1. Paint is always a great place to start. Any “weekend warrior” can easily liven up a room with a gallon of paint, and when you’ve tired of the colour it’s easy enough to change.
  2. Wallpaper is a fun and fantastic way to inject life into your room. With the abundant selection of patterns and colours available, you’re sure to make a great impact.
  3. Be bold in your selections and use of colour. If you love a particular colour but are unsure, use it in smaller doses as an accent instead of on a larger scale such as an accent wall.
  4. Add a touch of black to your mix; it doesn’t need to be a large item – a black box, vase, picture frame or other accent. By doing this you clarify and enhance all the other colours in the space.

Linda Mazur is an award-winning, nationally publicized designer and Principal of Linda Mazur Design Group.

With almost two decades of experience this in demand multi-disciplinary design firm is known for creating relaxed stylish spaces and full-scale design builds within Toronto, the GTA and throughout Canada.

@LindaMazurGroup


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