Inspiration is the essence of a successful design

Have you ever been in the position where you know that you just have to do something to your living room or bedroom but you don’t know where to begin? Inspiration will give you the vision and direction for any design or decorating project and will make a huge difference to the outcome of your interiors.
L-R : Living rooms can be inspired by a painting- the colours used here are bright and welcoming ; Moods can be created through themes.
L-R : Living rooms can be inspired by a painting- the colours used here are bright and welcoming ; Moods can be created through themes.

Have you ever been in the position where you know that you just have to do something to your living room or bedroom but you don’t know where to begin? Inspiration will give you the vision and direction for any design or decorating project and will make a huge difference to the outcome of your interiors.

Inspiration is the very essence of a successful design, without it, it will be difficult to design and decorate any interior space.

From inspiration one can draw out colours, patterns, shapes and styles. Decorating from inspiration becomes so much easier because it helps you know what to budget for, with the guarantee that the items you chose won’t clash but rather, blend together effortlessly in a cohesive and impressive manner. This will help you achieve a desired mood and a consistent home environment. 

Plan well to avoid disappointment

It may be tempting to shop for items without having really thought about your inspiration, however this approach can land you in a situation where you may end up buying mismatching elements which will not come together to create harmony.

First things first. Before you go shopping, figure out what mood you want your living space to exude. Always plan before you make your way to a paint store, where you will be presented with hundreds of colour samples.

By going undecided, confusion and frustration may be inevitable, and as a result your final choices will not bring out a desirable outcome.

What can inspire you to design and decorate your home? Virtually anything! Inspiration is not limited, and can range anywhere from nature to a culture- basically anything that interests you can be your inspiration.

With endless design choices it can be intimidating and overwhelming to choose a theme for an empty room or house. You may be torn between whether to use dark or light colours, and what wall to paint in a particular colour or pattern.

It always helps if you do a little research to find out how to handle such dilemmas. Sometimes talking to a friend about it can bring in some clarity or insight. And in some cases if you are absolutely stuck, bringing in a professional interior specialist may be what you need to get the best results.
Inspiration derives from themes

Themes can derive from story or nursery books, cartoons, music, a painting, sports, colour schemes and so on. With themes you can especially have fun when decorating your child’s room.

One alternative is to choose one decorating theme for your home and stick with it. On the other hand, synchronizing two themes may work by bringing in separate decorative elements together to form one central coordinating theme.

Decorating from inspiration is all about generating a relaxed and customized environment with the things you take pleasure in. These include your favorite colours, furnishings, decor and art.

Remember that decorating your home with a theme will make the project more enjoyable and straight forward. In addition, you will be sure to finish off with a desirable home, where elements are not mismatched but rather complement each other.

The author specializes in interiors and fashion

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