It's easy to "pin" the interiors you like on Pinterest, yet when it comes to getting started ... many of us are paralyzed. Here are four sources of inspiration and guidance that can not only provide a starting place for your interior decor but also help make your space feel pulled together and cohesive.
1. Fabric. My purse always has a fabric swatch in it for a space I am decorating or renovating. The design and color of fabric can help guide paint colors, wood stains and even the style of furniture and decor. The fabric by Joel Dewberry was the inspiration and guide for all choices made in this kitchen style board. The fabric felt bright and modern. This was the end goal for this space. I used the bright white of the flower and the outlines of black and brown to guide my choices of floor, countertop and cabinet stain. The fabric ended up being a window treatment but even if the wall colors, fixtures and decor changed, the fabric did its job in guiding the style and permanent elements of this kitchen.
2. Graphic Print. There are some seriously talented graphic designers out there so why not let them help you by looking at their work. I love the Wildflower Tangle print by Karla Pruitt shown at the top of the photo above. The style board in the second picture above is an example of how you could create a room design using her print as the inspiration. Once a piece inspires you, give the designer some credit by purchasing and using your inspiration piece in the room.
3. Colorful Rug. If you are struggling with how to pull your room together, start with your rug. This Target rug is eclectic and vintage, so the room followed suit. The black wall color was inspired by the border and outline of the rug. The choice of simple bedding was influenced by the desire for the rug to stand out and not compete. The rug looks vintage (even though it's not) so I picked vintage looking furniture and fixtures with a modern finish.
4. Fashion. Fashion inspires textiles and textures in interiors, but I think it can also inspire the interior elements/furniture in a renovation. The outfit above is something I would love to wear, and it guided all my choices for this bathroom remodel style board. Take a look at your fashion "pins" and move them to your interior Pinterest boards! If you like to wear it you will more than likely want to live in it!
Do you have something unique that kickstarted an interior project? If so, I would love to learn about it!